Viviana Acosta

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Viviana Acosta

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Viviana Enrique Acosta is the leader of the performing group Danza Coyolxauhqui and the Artistic Director of the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan (BFA) Dance Theatre Company with many years of experience offering ceremonies, lectures, classes, workshops, and performances to thousands throughout Aztlan, Mexico. She also was the lead dancer for Two Spirit Wymins Lakota Sundance.

She has a backbround in modern, interpretive, and ethnic dance and specializes in Mexican folk dance.

Viviana has the distinction of being one of the youngest California Arts Council Artists in Residence--Artists in Communities awardees for her work in dance. She was the conference co-director for the national conference of folklorists held at the University of California in San Diego for the Asociacion Nacional de Folkloristas. An advocate for arts education and the benefit dance has on cognitive development, she wrote, directed, and collaborated with the San Diego Unified School District to develop a K-3 grade educational DVD focusing on four different regional dances with complimentary math tie-ins.

Viviana was the Performing and Visual Arts Coordinator for the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, California, and was the founding instructor for the dance program at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Viviana produces and directs Zapateado!, which performs a different region of Mexico every month; "Fiesta Poblana," an annual event with spectacular dances from the state of Puebla, Mexico; and "The Night Sky," a Revolutionary Rebozo that is an ancestral weaving of a family's journey from ancient times through the Mexican Revolution to the present.

Her love for the culture is shared in harmony with ancient knowledge and passed on to the youth and future generations. She enjoys managing the BFA, maintaining the community's link to culture through the arts.