Martha began dancing at the age of 5 in Tijuana, Mexico. Her extensive dance training encompasses ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary movement, African and Afro-Cuban, salsa, and all styles of ballroom. Additionally, she competed in several of these genres, winning numerous awards. She furthered her training at the University of California, San Diego, obtaining her degrees in psychology and dance. While in San Diego, she worked professionally with such choreographers as Jean Isaacs, Patricia Rincon, Terry Wilson, Tony Caligagan, and John Diaz, and performed in the annual San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances in 2007 and 2008. Martha went on to earn a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has since relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she is expanding her experience as a family therapist and dancing in her spare time.
Cesar began his dance training in 2007 by studying ballet, jazz, and modern dance at Southwestern College in San Diego, California. After just one year, he was the recipient of the Most Improved Dancer Award. Soon after, he was awarded a full scholarship to further his training at Dance Place San Diego for both their 2008 Choreographic Workshop Series and their Summer Intensive Dance Workshop, where he got the opportunity to perform for Debi Toth-Ward, Jean Isaacs, and Michael Mizerany. In addition, Cesar has trained, performed, and taught contemporary dance for the Chula Vista Ballet Conservatory. In 2010 he joined and performed in Daniel Marshall's LaDiego Dance Theater. By the fall of 2012, he had also established himself as a promising young choreographer, and moved to San Francisco, California to finish his BA degree in Dance at San Francisco State University. Cesar will always be thankful for his family's support and for all the great, inspirational teachers that helped make him the dancer he is today.
Cesar Omar Soto
Caro began dancing in Mexico at the age of 11, studying ballet, jazz, polynesian dance, and eventually discovering modern dance in high school. She continued her dance studies at Southwestern College in San Diego, California, where she trained with Mary Jo Horvath, Colleen Shipkowski, and Debi Toth-Ward. She furthered her classical training at the Chula Vista Ballet Conservatory, and her modern dance technique at the Malashock Dance School. After obtaining an AA degree in Criminal Justice, Caro transferred to San Diego State University, where she is obtained her BA in Dance with a minor in Anthropology. Additionally, Caro quickly was part of SDSU's Dance Company, where she has trained and worked with Leslie Seiters, Meissa Nunn, and Joe Atler. In 2012, she got the opportunity to participate in ABT's Collegiate Summer Intensive in NYC. She would go to further her training in her hometown of Tijuana, with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea.
Mirian Carolina Lomeli
Learn about the wonderful dancers who performed and collaborated with Flores to present DFD's first full evening concert:
All photos by Christopher Martinez.