VIENNA — For the second time in two years the Vienna Union Hall and Camp Bearnstow are proud to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy a thrilling professional dance from Mexico. Camp Bearnstow presents A Concert of Mexican Folklorico, directed by Jonathan Trejo and Kareli Montoya, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Jonathan Trejo, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is a professional dancer at Ballet Folklorico of the University of Colima, Mexico, and is a consultant, choreographer and honorary assistant director for Ballet Folklorico of Los Angeles. He also teaches art in elementary school in Colima. He has a bachelor’s degree in art with a major in Stage Dance from the University of Colima.

Jonathan has been dancing his entire life. After beginning foklorico with a small group in his hometown, he began his study as professional at the University of Colima with the great Mexican artist Rafael Zamarripa, a choreographer, sculptor, artist and director. From there, he continued with several courses, workshops and seminars with such masters as Christine Dakin, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Julius Brewster-Cotton, Duane Gosa, among others.

Kareli Montoya founded Ballet Folklorico de Los Ángeles in 2011 and BFLA Per­forming Arts Academy, currently known as the Ballet Folklorico Co., in 2013. Kareli has co-produced six concerts for Star Entertainment, a nonprofit produc­tion company owned by Dr. Raul Ruiz, who has created high-quality cultural con­certs for over 10 years.

Kareli has choreographed over 50 original pieces for her dance company, Mitu, Lilit Hovhannisyan, the San Bernardino Symphony and the Culver City Symphony. In March 2017 she choreographed the Mariachi remake “A Tale as Old as Time” for Mitu Network. The video went viral at nearly 14 mil­lion views in less than a month.

This dance program last year was one of the most exciting and beautiful performances at the hall. Dancers and costumes were exquisite. Tickets are $8.

The second dance performance by the Bearnstow dancers will be at the hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The Young Artist Residency Concert presents works created by these young, talented dancers throughout the summer. Tickets are $8.

 Folklorico performers

Kareli Montoya and Jonathan Trejo


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