Maria de Jesús Gonázales

Address: 755 N.E. Circle Blvd. 318, Corvallis, OR 97330
County: Benton
Phone: 541-207-6161 (day and evening)
Birthplace: Mexico
Birth Date: 6/4/69
Ethnic Background: Hispano

Describe traditional/skill/craft/art, when & why it is done, and your history with it:

It is a Mexican traditional dance that is related through corporal expression, techniques, geography, and history of dance and origin of the dress and how to use the accessories; when, how and what they represent in the choreography and scenography of each state.  I have been exposed to this art since I was a little girl.  Also, through my experience teaching traditional dance I have learned that it is the same techniques to learn similar types of dances.

How and from whom was the tradition learned:

I went to school dance for 13 years.  I learned from my teachers, also watching professional dancers.  I traveled from state to state and

How, when, why did you come to Oregon:

In February 14th 1993 I came to the U.S. because my husband was living in Oregon.  I got married and I followed my husband to Oregon.  I learned from older people that had experience with traditional dance, culture and all related with Mexican traditional folklore.

Any other biographical information (awards, honors, presentations, etc.):

Fall Festival Corvallis Award 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, State Fair Salem Certificate 2009, 4-H Pin 2003, 2007, Linn Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee Certificate Recognition 2005, Certificate Recognition, Cinco de Mayo/Latin Committee Boardman 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, Certificate of Fiesta Mexicana, 4-H Community Service Award, Certificate Oregon Youth Authority Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility 2010, 2011, 2013, Certificate Group at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility 2011, 4-H Certificate 2000-2010, 2011.  Sunny Brook Dairy Award 4-H Leaders 2011 Associated Projects (Benton County).


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