Welcome to Carol Armijo's and Rayven Armijo's Dance studio's website! Ballet Folkorico De Carolina has been around for many years teaching students from tiny tots to adults. We welcome you to join and to overlook all the fun and learn more about our studio!
Dance Academy and the Ballet Folklorico de Carolina's mission is first to foster and encourage self-esteem, self-worth, pride and cultural education in the community, especially in the youth, through the arts of dance and music. Second to empower the community by promoting discipline and commitment to the arts. And finally, to teach and present art to all audiences, enveloping the richness and beauty of all cultures.
We strive to offer the entire community, particulary the children, an opportunity to learn that discipline, a key to being a successful individual, can be acquired through the arts of dance and music and through knowledge of and appreciation for history and culture. We also encourage all participants in our programs to learn about community service and teamwork. We strive to foster in everyone a strong sense of accomplishment, high self-esteem and empowerment. We believe that we must especially continue to encourage the youth of the community and demonstrate to them that there are alternatives to violence, gangs and drugs. We believe that this is our responsibility. It is through dance, music, richness, history, and tradition that we can work at building pride and respect amoung the people of our community by fostering this pride and respect in the programs that we offer and in the cultural and artistic awareness that we promote.
Ballet Folklorico De Carolina
Carol Armijo - Ms. Armijo has been a dancer/teacher for 30 years. She studied with the legendary Lilly Aguilar of East Los Angeles, performed with Aman & Sonriasm and the highly acclaimed folklorico group, Las Tropicanas. She performed at the Million-Dollar Theatre with Mexican artists such as: Liverta Lamar, Luis Aguilar, and Lola Beltran. Ms. Armijo is a gifted choreographer as well as a producer and costume designer.
Rayven Armijo - Rayven, Carols daughter and co-director is an award winning choreographer and leaves you breathless when she dances. Rayven has studied under the guidance of the world renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York City in a relentless endeavor to perfect her dancing skills, and in doing so, applies her skills to her students. Rayven is in high demand for various music and dance videos for top recording artists. She has appeared at Universal with Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Nacional. In 2001 she was crowned Miss Covina and fulfilled a very active year of royal duties for the city. She directed the Ballet Folklorico Sol de Mexico also. In 2008 she was a national top 20 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance reality program and dance competition. She graduated the University of La Verne with her Bachelor degree in Political Science and is currently, in China teaching English.
Other Dance Teachers
Fernie Rosales- Fernie is a Hip Hop choregropher and has been dancing for many years. He has also been a back up dancer for many famous singers, such as: Justin Beiber,Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Victor Lizardo, Baby Bash, Girlicious, and LMFAO. He is currently under the mentoring of Brendan Braiser, Eddie Garcia, Tim Stevenson, Madonna Grimes, and many others. He is also studying Dance at Cal Poly Pomona. Over the years he has created his dance krew called Serious Effect and performs at different shows as well. He has been teaching classes at Armijo's dance studio for almost two years now. He teaches the young kids and the adult teens a variety of hip hop.
Rosanna Mejia- Rosanna is the Hawaiian dance teacher at the dance studio. She has been teaching hawaiian classes for many years now. She has been with Carol Armijo's dance studio for more than 20 years. Her daughters grew up dancing here since they were tiny tots and have kept dancing all these years. Her oldest daughter is one of the Flute players for the Grammy nominee's Mariachi Divas and was also a dancer at this dance studio as well.
Clarissa Mejia- Clarissa is 19 years old and is a teacher. She teaches Ballet and also teaches privates. She is also a dancer here at this dance studio and has been dancing here since she was a little girl also.
Breana Centeno- Breana is 19 years old and is also a teacher here at the dance studio. She teaches folklorico classes, Flamenco classes, and also does private classes. She has been a dancer here since she was small and still dances here as well.