Dancer; UDAM Teaching Artist
Magali Ochoa Midway, UT (801) 310-6067 firstname.lastname@example.org (Dance; Multi-Cultural)
Magali was born in a small town northwest of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Since the age of five she has been fascinated with folkloric dance from all different regions of Mexico. While in her youth, Magali studied Huasteca’s regional dances, as well as others from Aguascalientes and Michoacan. In 1990, she joined a semi-professional group of folklore dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco, dedicating six months to perfecting dances from Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, and Veracruz. During the next six years, her dancing was minimal while she studied for a career in Medicine. However, Magali continued learning new dances with her sister, who was obtaining a bachelors degree in folkloric dance from the Universidad de Guadalajara. Once through the rigors of medical school, Magali was immediately accepted into a professional dance group, the Grupo Folklorico de la Escuela de Artes de la Universidad de Guadalajara. She danced professionally for three years, from 1996 to 1999. The group concentrated on dances from Tabasco, Guanajuato, Durango, Jalisco, Veracruz, and Yucatan. At the same time, she began teaching folkloric dance to children at local schools and community centers throughout Guadalajara. Magali resides in Midway City; she is married and has a little daughter and a new born son. While preparing to practice medicine in the United States, she is working as a medical translator and health educator. She is also currently involved in teaching folkloric dance to children in Summit and Wasatch counties. She believes that all students should have fun, while learning about their heritage (or a different heritage) through dance. Her emphasis on correct technique enables students to excel rapidly in the many varieties of Mexican folkloric dances. As a recent immigrant to this country, she wishes to keep and continually teach the traditions of folkloric dance that have been passed down through generations. Magali loves all different Mexican folkloric dances; she is constantly learning new dances from the many diverse regions of Mexico. Her preferred dances are from Jalisco, including La Negra, El Jarabe Tapatio, and El Gusto. Magali is also actively involved in making traditional outfits for the various Mexican folkloric dances. Available for residencies, teacher training, extended projects, collaborations with other artists, and short-term activities. Required materials are a CD/cassette player, and a large room with a hard uncarpeted floor. Large mirrors are preferred but not necessary.