For more than 25 years, Martha Nora Zarate has participated fully in the Mexican folk dance field on stages across America and Europe. She has assumed several roles on the stage and behind them as associate artistic director, choreographer, instructor, principal dancer, costume designer and accessories designer. Martha's focus in recent years has been towards research, teaching, and artistic direction. In 2013 Martha founded Mazarte Dance Company to fulfill her vision of creating a tangible union between dance, research and authentic indigenous art. Through Mazarte, Martha aspires to create awareness about Mexican heritage and
the preservation of our artistic techniques that are in danger of being faded or forgotten.
Dolores joined Mazarte Dance Company in October 2014 and then in 2015 as its director of planning and development. Her interest in Mexican folklore began when her daughter, at 4 years old, took classes at the Calpulli Dance Company's youth program in 2006 and for the next 8 years. During that time, she participated in various aspects of dance as a dancer's mom, a youth coordinator for the youth program, a dance student, stage support for the adult company, and a member of the board for several years where she was a fundraiser. She obtained his bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, where her passion for learning more about her Mixtec roots and culture were the basis of her thesis and ethnography "A Transnational Community: Mixtec Immigrants in New York City." Her research ignited her desire to contribute to the community that forged her identity, with a focus on the future of the community: its children and young people. Her 17 years in finance and business are a solid resource for the continued growth of Mazarte and its presence in our communities.
Yuri started at Mazarte Dance Company in April 2013 as a dancer and later as the company's vice president. She began her dance career with folklore in 2003 with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, where she trained every year as a Mexican folkloric ballet dancer, while studying modern dance techniques at the renowned dance school Alvin Ailey School & Sandra Cameron Dance Center. Her source of inspiration comes from having spent her childhood in Mexico and her desire to preserve the tradition, dances and art forms that are deeply rooted in her heart. Her technical and professional business experience allows her to participate in the organization in a way that forges the strategic growth of the company, while establishing herself in the artistic field.