Danzantes del Alma

A student smiles into the camera wearing a traditional ballet folklorico dress.

About Danzantes del Alma

Danzantes del Alma, the student folklorico dance troupe of UC Davis established in 1977, has made it possible to celebrate traditional and contemporary Mexican, Chicano and Latino cultures through learning and performing traditional dances of Mexico and contemporary dances of the Chicano/Latino experience. Danzantes del Alma fosters and nurtures student leadership, intellectual curiosity and artistic expression through this art of folklorico. The troupe also focuses on promoting higher education by providing educational programs to area schools and communities, as well as serving as role models for youth. Formerly known as “Ballet Folklorico del Alma”, Danzantes del Alma began with the initiative of a group of students. Within a short period of time, they built a repertoire, wardrobe and received performance requests throughout the community.

Danzantes del Alma has grown into a popular and talented company that is highly regarded for its enthusiasm, beauty, and skill. The troupe has been invited to perform on numerous campus events and throughout northern California, and in 2007-2008, Danzantes del Alma reached over 11,903 people through its area performances, classes and workshops.

The 2019 Danzantes del Alma Annual Show will take place on May 4, 2019.

Please check back here for more information about the 2019 Danzantes del Alma Annual Show, 

How to Join DDA

No prior experience is necessary, just a lot of enthusiasm for dance! Danzantes del Alma is open to every student and we welcome every individual that would like to join our dance troupe. If you are not a UC Davis student, we will gladly try and accommodate your membership. Visit any scheduled practice hours or contact one of the student managers. Also, please see the Registration and Dues section below.

Troupe Practices

Attending practice is a critical part of joining Danzantes del Alma. It is also at this time where we as a team build a stronger foundation that will improve the quality of Danzantes del Alma. Stop by anytime and speak with any member of the troupe with any questions/concerns or email any member of the board.

Location: ARC Dance Studio
Times: Mondays- 7:30-10:30 pm, Thursdays- 7:30-10:30 pm, Saturdays- 1:00-4:00pm

Registration and Dues

For official membership, everyone must complete a simple registration process. 

Dues for membership are: $40 per year, $45 past due (payment plans available).

Dues for Wardrobe: Performance wardrobe is provided! But, we must require that every member purchase dance shoes if you do not already own them. For women, you must purchase your own bloomer. Danzantes del Alma partners with quality retailers.

Request A Performance

Would you like Danzantes del Alma to perform at your event, conference, or reception? Please submit a Performance Request! Then, our DDA Performance Manager will contact you shortly. Thank you for your interest and support of Danzantes del Alma!

To request a performance, please feel free to contact Michael Yepez (he/him) at (530) 752-7428 or mayepez@ucdavis.edu


Please feel free to contact Michael Yepez (he/him) at (530) 752-7428 or mayepez@ucdavis.edu