KEY PERSONAL

 

1982  ORIGINAL FOUNDING DIRECTORS

 

 

              Jose Luis Ovalle                 

        President  

 Artistic Director      Instructor    

 Company Choreographer

STUDIED DANCE AT:

● Boitsov Classical Ballet, Chicago.

● Ensemble Español at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

 Modern dance at Soham Dance Space, Chicago.

● National Institute of Fine Arts School  of Dance, Mexico City.

● National Institute for Mexican Youth, Mexico

●  Escuela Superior de Danza in Chihuahua, Mexico.

EDUCATION:

● National College of Education, Chicago.

 

 

                                                                   

                                              Ofelia Solano

              President-elect             Instructor

STUDIED DANCE AT:

 

EDUCATION:

● BS Education, Chicago State University, Chicago.

 

 

 

                    Serafin Vargas Guevara        

                  Vice president       

              Instructor

STUDIED DANCE AT:

 

EDUCATION:

 

 

 

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1983    to   1987             DIRECTORS

 

                                             Jose Luis Ovalle

                    President    

                                                         Artistic Director      Instructor      Company Choreographer

STUDIED DANCE AT:.

               ● Boitsov Classical Ballet, Chicago.

               ● Ensemble Español at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

               ● Modern dance at Soham Dance Space, Chicago

               ● National Institute of Fine Arts School of Dance, Mexico City.

                 Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango (UJED) under the direction of Mr. Santos Salas Mata.                   

             ● Grants and Scholarships for classes with Rafael Zamarripa, Miguel Vélez and Daniel Andrade and

                the "Escuela Superior de Danza" in Chihuahua, Mexico. 

             ● Ms. Balbina Solano, Ballet Folklórico Azteca of the late Federico Rodriguez  

EDUCATION :

               ● National College of Education, Chicago

               ● Various universities in Mexico.

EDUCATION:

               ● National College of Education, Chicago.

AWARDS:

               ● Dance Master award from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts

 

 

         Ofelia Solano-Guevara

                          President-elect      

                    Instructor

STUDIED DANCE AT:

              ●

              ●

EDUCATION:

              ●  MS , Guidance and Counseling

                   MS , Education Administration

                   BA , Education  Chicago State University, Chicago

                   BS , Mathematics

 

           

AWARDS

              ● Dance Master award from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts

              ● Teacher of the year from  Benito Juarz High School

 

 

                                                 Serafin Vargas Guevara

                                                                                         Vice president       

                                                                                             Instructor

 STUDIED DANCE AT:.

              ●

              ●

EDUCATION:

              ●

AWARDS

              ● Dance Master award from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts

 

 

 

         Henry A. Roa

                Executive director

STURIED DANCE AT:

             ● Dale Dance Studio, Chicago, IL

EDUCATION:

             ● BSBA  with a minor in Urban Studies, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois

            ●DePaul University, Chicago                                                                                                                                               ● University of California Extension on Okinawa

             ● Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

             ● Post graduate sutdies University of Illinois Chicago

ACTIVITIES:

            ● Ballroom dancer/instructor

            ● Civic leader

 

 

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1987    to    2015            DIRECTORS

 

 

                                                                                Jose Luis Ovalle

                                                                                            President        

                                                         Artistic Director,       Instructor,       Company Choreographer

STUDIED DANCE AT:

           ● Boitsov Classical Ballet, Chicago.

           ● Ensemble Español at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago                                         

           ● Modern dance at Soham Dance Space, Chicago     

           ● National Institute of Fine Arts School of Dance, Mexico City                                                                                                                  1980's 

             Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango (UJED) under the direction of Mr. Santos Salas Mata.                    

           ● Grants and Scholarships for classes with Rafael Zamarripa, Miguel Vélez and Daniel Andrade and the "Escuela Superior 

               de Danza" in Chihuahua, Mexico.               

          ● Ms. Balbina Solano, Ballet Folklórico Azteca of the late Federico Rodriguez                                                                                      

EDUCATION:

          ● National College of Education, Chicago.

AWARDS:

         ● Dance Master award from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts

         ● 3 Dance Fellowships awards from The Illinois Arts Council,

         ● Award from The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in commemoration of twenty-five  years as master teacher

            and choreographer.                                                                                                                                                                  ● Award  from The Continental Community Center in commemoration of twenty-f ive years as a master teacher

             and choreographer                                                                                                                                                                      2014      

 

 

                                    Matiana Medrano Ovalle

                                                                                        Vice President      

                                                                      Assistant Artistic Director,     Instructor 

STUDIED DANCE AT :

         ● Academia de Danza Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Delegacion de San Luis Potosi, Mexico                          

         ● Grupo de Danza Matehuala Xochipilli, Mexico

               

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1991                      

EDUCATION

         ● BS in Speech Pathology and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood. University of Illinois, Chicago.

AWARDS

         ● inaugural "Viva Latina" award from The Chicago Office of Fine Arts

         ● Janice Watkins award from the University of Illinois Chicago.

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2014 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

                                                                                              Juanita Roa

                                                                                       Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

STUDIED DANCE AT :   

         ● Arthur Murray Studio, Joliet, IL                     

           

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1980's                                          

AWARDS:

         ●12 Cardinal Circle Awards for donations to Casa Jesus presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George

         ●Inaugural Corazon de Jesus Award from Casa Jesus presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George

         ● Casa Jesus Award for most years of support presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George

         ● Award from St. Agnes of Brighton Park as founder of Guadalupana Society.    

 

ACTIVITIES:                                                                                                                                                                                  ● Singer

             ● Ballroom dancer                                                                                                                                        

         Civic Leader                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2010                                                                                                         

She passed away on May 16, 2015. 

She served the company before its formal founding; beginning in 1980 with the children's group, Nuevo Ideal, of Ofelia Solano.  When MFDC was formed she served as Book Keeper, Secretary and Treasurer.  We miss her.

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

           2015 

 

                                                      Henry A. Roa                                                  

                                                                                            Executive director             

STUDIED DANCE AT :

       ● Dale Dance Studio, Chicago, IL

EDUCATION:

       ● BSBA with a minor in Urban Studies,  Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois                                                       

       Business Administration   DePaul University, Chicago                                                                                              

       ● Business Administration  University of California Extension on Okinawa          

      ● Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Engineering Studies                                                                                                                                                        1980's         

      ● Post graduate studies University of Illinois Chicago; Education

          

 

ACTIVITIES 

           ● Executive Director Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago 

         ● Executive Director Cuerdas Clasicas, Inc.

         ● President Our Lady of Fatima Holy Name Society                                                                                                           

         ● Administrative Assistant Asociacion de Charros Cuatro Caminos.

         ● Member  Sones de Mexico Ensemble board board                                                                      

         ● Member  Pope John Paul II School board                                                                                                                                     2010

         ● Member Parde Jose de la Luz Silva Coatzintla Veracruz, Mexico Retirement Home Fund.                                                                          

AWARDS

       ● 12 Cardinal Circle Awards for annual donation to Casa Jesus; presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George.

       ● 2 awards from Brighton Park Elementary School for LSC service 

       ● Alex Peloso CD Award for service to community, from Continental CommunityCenter                                 

       ● Casa Jesus Award for most years of support 

       ● Inaugural Corazon de Jesus Award from Casa Jesus presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George                

       ● Fraternal Order of St. Francis Wildcats Man of the Year for community service in the arts.                                                     

       ● Award from Community Education Foundation HS Dist. 214 Arlington Heights

       ● Museum of Science and Industry Award for volunteer service in Latino Festival events.

       ● Western Electric Heritage and Culture Club Award as a founding member

       ● St. Agnes of Brighton Park Holy Name Society Award for years of service

       ● St. Agnes of Brighton Pk Award as co-founder of Guadalupana Society.

OTHER SERVICE:

       ● Past executive director Cuerdas Clasicas, Inc

       ● Past Admin Assistant Federacion de Clubes Unidos Zacatecanos en Illinois

       ●Past Admin Assistant Hispanic American Alerta Committee of Belvidere

       ●Past Admin Assistant Sociedad Civica Mexicana de Illinoi

       ●Past Admin Assistant Sociedad Civica Mexico-Americana de Des Plaines

       ●Past President of Bishop Placido Rodriguez Chicago Scholarships Aux

       ●Past Bilingual Tutor at Cooper Upper Grade Center

       ●Past Entertainment Chairman Museum of Science & Industry Latino Horizons Festival

       ●Past Administrative Assistant of Mexican Civic Society of Illinois

       ●Past Panelist for:

                   ● Illinois Arts Council (Arts in Education) (Ethnic & Folk Arts) (Master/Apprentice)

                   ●Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (Dance)

                   ● Michigan Arts Council (Dance)

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

       ● Civic leader

       ● Ballroom dancer/instructor

 

 

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PRESENT            DIRECTORS

 

 

                                                                                                  Jose Luis Ovalle

                                                                                                  President        

                                                         Artistic Director      Instructor       Company Choreographer

STUDIED DANCE AT:

           ● Boitsov Classical Ballet, Chicago.

           ● Ensemble Español at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

                  Modern dance at Soham Dance Space, Chicago

           ● National Institute of Fine Arts School of Dance, Mexico City.

             Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango (UJED) under the direction of Mr. Santos Salas Mata.                     

          ● Grants and Scholarships for classes with Rafael Zamarripa, Miguel Vélez and Daniel Andrade and

              the "Escuela Superior de Danza" in Chihuahua, Mexico.               

          ●   Ms. Balbina Solano of Ballet Folklórico Azteca of the late Federico Rodriguez  

EDUCATION:

          ● National College of Education, Chicago.

AWARDS:

          ● Dance Master award from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts

          ● 3 Dance Fellowships awards from The Illinois Arts Council,

          ● Award from The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in commemoration of twenty-five years as a master teacher and choreographer.

          ● Award  from The Continental Community Center in commemoration of twenty-five years as a master teacher and choreographer.

 

 

 

                                                                    Matiana Medrano-Ovalle

                                                                                       Secretary / Treasur

                                                                       Assistant Artistic Director           Instructor 

STUDIED DANCE AT :

         ● Academia de Danza Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Delegacion de San Luis Potosi, Mexico 

         ● Grupo de Danza Matehuala Xochipilli, Mexico                                

EDUCATION

         ● BS in Speech Pathology and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood. University of Illinois, Chicago.

AWARDS

         ● inaugural "Viva Latina" award from The Chicago Office of Fine Arts

         ● Janice Watkins award from the University of Illinois Chicago.

 

 

 

                                                                                         Henry A. Roa

                                                                                            Executive Director             

STUDIED DANCE AT :

       ● Dale Dance Studio, Chicago, IL

EDUCATION:

       ● BSBA   with a minor in Urban Studies,  Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois

       ● DePaul University, Chicago; Business administration

       ● University of California Extension on Okinawa: Business administration                

       ● Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Engineering studies

       ● Post graduate studies University of Illinois Chicago; Education

ACTIVITIES 

          ● Executive Director Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago     

        ● President Our Lady of Fatima Holy Name Society

        ● Administrative Assistant Asociacion de Charros Cuatro Caminos.

        ● Member  Sones de Mexico Ensemble board

        ● Member  Pope John Paul II School board

        ● Member Parde Jose de la Luz Silva Retirement Home Fund, Coatzintla Veracruz, Mexico

        ● Member American Legion Post 1028

AWARDS

        ● Certificate of Recognition as United States Veteran from Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia.

       ● Cook County Veteran certificate and patch by Cook County commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia.

       ● Certificate of Honor for military service in Korea from American Legion Post 1028

       ● 12 Cardinal Circle Awards for annual donation to Casa Jesus; presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George

       ● 2 awards from Brighton Park Elementary School for LSC service

       ● Alex Peloso CD Award for service to community, from Continental Community Center.

       ● Casa Jesus Award for most years of support

       ● Inaugural Corazon de Jesus Award from Casa Jesus presented by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George

       ● Fraternal Order of St. Francis Wildcats Man of the Year for community service in the arts.

       ● Award from Community Education Foundation HS Dist. 214 Arlington Heights

       ● Museum of Science and Industry Award for volunteer service in Latino Festival events.

       ● Western Electric Heritage and Culture Club Award as a founding member

       ● St. Agnes of Brighton Park Holy Name Society Award for years of service

       ● St. Agnes of Brighton Pk Award as co-founder of Guadalupana Society.

OTHER SERVICE:

       ● Past Executive Director Cuerdas Clasicas, Inc

       ● Past Administrative Assistant Federacion de Clubes Unidos Zacatecanos en Illinois

       ●Past Administrative Assistant Hispanic American Alerta Committee of Belvidere

       ●Past Administrative Assistant Sociedad Civica Mexicana de Illinoi

       ●Past Administrative Assistant Sociedad Civica Mexico-Americana de Des Plaines

       ●Past President of Bishop Placido Rodriguez Chicago Scholarships Aux

       ●Past Bilingual Tutor at Cooper Upper Grade Center

       ●Past Entertainment Chairman Museum of Science & Industry Latino Horizons Festival

       ●Past Administrative Assistant of Mexican Civic Society of Illinois

       ●Past Panelist for:

                   ● Illinois Arts Council (Arts in Education) (Ethnic & Folk Arts) (Master/Apprentice)

                   ●Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (Dance)

                   ● Michigan Arts Council (Dance)

 

 

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