Hernández has over 25 years of dance experience. She was fortunate enough to have trained with Sandra Nicolas,
Director and Founder of Grupo Xochitlán, for 17 years. Sandra has been, and remains, her biggest influence
in the art of folklórico.
Irene has used her talent and skills in teaching folklórico to Lakewood
High School and Redondo Union High School students for Cinco de Mayo and international dance recitals. She has also
conducted folklorico workshops in Las Vegas & Wyoming and was the guest instructor at East Los Angeles College in
August 2006. In addition she was asked to be a judge in the 2005 Escencia de México folklórico
competition alongside Amalia Hernández's daughter, Viviana Basanta Hernández.
She founded Grupo Folklórico
Sabor de México in 1999 through the City of Carson's Parks and Recreation program, replacing, coincidentally,
her mentor, Sandra, who had decided to retire earlier that year. These were big zapatos to fill. Since beginning
with only 3 students, her group has grown to over 80 folkloristas with whom to share her passion.
Irene continues to
educate herself by attending workshops and training under master teachers such as Juan Gil Martínez Tadeo, who trained
her in the art of Calabaceados, the traditional dances of Baja California Norte. Tadeo personally invited Irene
to showcase her dancers at the Calabaceado Festival in Mexico in May 2004.
She continues to have the privilege to
teach at every opportunity whether it be waltzes for XV's or weddings. She also serves on the Danzantes
Unidos of California Board as a Los Angeles folklorico representative and Secretary and has helped to organize the DUF conferences.
Irene has also been an instructor for
the Gardena High School Bilingual Ballet Folklórico (under the direction of Linda Ritchie-Daza) working alongside
Rosalie "Dancin'" Deverona, Director of Fiesta Grupo Folklórico, and Julio César Flores,
Director of Ballet Folklórico Mixteco. She feels honored to work with great people.
Irene graduated from college with a
degree in Liberal Studies. She has been a High School Educator since 1994. In addition, she has been a
folklorico instructor for Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles, and St. Joseph High School in Lakewood. She
is very grateful to have had the opportunity to train these schools.
In April 2006, she was awarded 1st Place for Best Costume Design at the Costa
Brava/Barcelona International Dance Awards.
She is very proud to have received the key to the City of Carson as the director of Grupo
Folklórico Sabor de Mexico on May 2, 2006.
In July of 2006 she was chosen by Saddleback Valley Unified School District
to be the Artist-in-Residence folklorico instructor for the Dual Immersion Program.
She is also very pleased to have been recognized by Congress
and the House of Representative at a reception on August 5, 2006.
to her resume is her debut as MAESTRA for Danzantes Unidos 2007 in Whittier. She taught Chihuahua Polkas.
She also conducted a short lecture on the historical influences of Mexico
to Hawaii at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition, she conducted a folklorico workshop at Roosevelt
as well. Her dancers partnered up with the students and they were exposed to Azteca, Calabaceados & Sinaloa.
Irene has returned as instructor to the Gardena High School Folklorico
in November 2007.
In addition, Irene was hand
selected to start a foklorico program at USC as well.
In 2009 her schedule included joining the instruction staff at Ballet Folklorico
Amor de Mexico in Stanton.
She opened up her own dance studio in June 2009 in Torrance.
Private workshops have been taught by our Director in Italy, Mexico
City, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Wyoming and New Mexico.
The following is a partial list of maestros that Irene has studied with:
Maestro Zenon B.-Puebla
Maestro Tadeo M.-Baja California Norte
Maestro Manuel F.-Oaxaca
Maestra Daniela L.-Veracruz
Maestra Rubi O.-Fandango de Veracruz
Maestro Martin C.-Sonora Bronco
Maestro Efrain P.-Nuevo Leon y Baja California Norte
Maestro Luis R.-San Luis Potosi
Maestro Cecilio D.-Guerrero, Nayarit, Veracruz
Maestro Octavio B.-Sinaloa y Chihuahua
Maestro Nino C.-Veracruz Antiguo, Coahuila & Chiapas
Maestro Ramon S.-Veracruz Antiguo
Maestro Salvador D.-Colima
Maestro Roberto M.-San