Raquel L. Báez is from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. She studied Dance Performance Folklore at the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). She learned dances from various regions of Mexico such as: Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Jalis- co, Veracruz, Puebla, Durango, Warrior, etc. She went back to school and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Nuevo León.
Raquel has been a professional dancer, as well as an instruc- tor during her career. After coming to the United States she joined the Utah Hispanic Dance Group Alliance (UHDA) and has learned dance from many other Latin countries.
She is currently a folk dance teacher at Esperanza Elementary School and director and member of the folk dance group El Camino (which is for children and adults). Raquel offers stu- dents the opportunity to learn about the culture, music and traditions of a place, and to feel it and be able to transmit it through dance. Learning the movement of hands and body, facial expressions, and zapateo (tap) will help students ex-
press themselves through dance. Most of all, Raquel wants to teach her students to love folklore.