FACULTY

Alejandra González
Director

(Monterrey, México)

Alejandra stared her formal dance education and training in her hometown of Monterrey, México.  She moved to Chicago in the year 2005 and since then she has augmented her professional experience as a contemporary dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the Chicago dance community. González graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with a Specialization in Ballet Technique Cuban Style training from The National Institute of Fine Arts in Monterrey, NL México. She became a Giordano Dance Chicago second company member in 2005, where she had the opportunity to work with acclaimed choreographers such as Tony Powell, Christopher Huggins, John Lehrer, Randy Duncan to name a few. In 2007 González became a company member for Luna Negra Dance Theatre under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro. A year later, González joined Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre for their 2008 season. Alejandra founded a 501c3 non-for-profit dance company, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance in which she acted not only as an Artistic Director and performer but was also responsible for designing and planning curricula for professional dancers and emerging dancers. González directed the dance elective program at Francis W. Parker School from 2014-2018 developing a growing interest in dance as well as a strong dance community in the school.  Alejandra continued to hone her expertise as a dance instructor, choreographer, and director as evidenced by her extensive performance history. She has had the opportunity to train and help develop students in the execution of dance performances as well as, the history of dance theory and practices with an emphasis on dance performance art. 

“I strive to continually challenge myself through ongoing education to explore personal growth both as a teacher and an individual.”

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Leslie Saucedo
Mexican Folklore 

(Chicago, Illinois)

Leslie Saucedo has been practicing professionally the art of dance for 28 years and has been an educator for 13 of those.

With a deep focus on art and cultural enrichment, Leslie has expertly instructed students of Solorio Academy for 7 years through the CASA program founded by the National Museum of Mexican Art. This will be Leslie's third year as a faculty member at Taná Dance, Arts & Movement.

Ms. Saucedo's students have exhaustively explored the regions, traditions, and eclectic music of Mexico in class. 

In 2022 she became the director of Colibrís Mexican Folklore Youth Ensemble, Taná's most advanced performance group.  

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Eduardo Zambrana
Faculty

(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)

Eduardo Zambrana (MFA Choreography and Performance, University of Arizona) is a dancer, choreographer, and educator.

 In his performance career, Eduardo had the privilege to dance with Hawkinsdance, Convergence Ballet Company, Dance
Kaleidoscope, and Giordano Dance Chicago where he is currently a Giordano II member. During his time as a graduate student, Eduardo was awarded the Creative Achievement Award in the College of Fine Arts, representing the School of Dance for demonstrating exceptional creativity and innovation with a passion for the arts. His choreographic commissions include original works for Ten Tiny Dances at Taliesin West (AZ) and Dance Kaleidoscope Spirit & Place Festival (IN).

Eduardo has also presented his choreography at The University of Arizona,
Breaking Ground Festival (AZ), Red Rock ScreenDance Film Festival (UT), and
FlorenceDanceOnScreen (Italy).