Nestled in the heart of Boyle Heights Los Angeles, The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts offers its audiences affordable, family programming with a Latino/Chicano perspective and a focus on dance.
2900 Calle Pedro Infante, Los Angeles, California 90033, United States
Our programs are primarily family oriented, with free and accessible ticket prices that encourage whole family participation. Artistically, over the past 15 years, in addition to our traditional fare we have begun to explore crossover work. We have found that this work is developing a strong second and third generation following that continues to grow.
We ensure continuing relevance to the community we serve by selecting Board members and staff that represent it well. Our Board members are either people who work or are long time residents of the area, and, therefore, have first hand knowledge of how to best serve this particular community. The Board often serves as audience development agents and volunteers between the Center and our community.
Current Chief Real Estate Officer for Coalition for Responsible Community Development and past Vice President of Real Estate Development and Asset Management for ELACC. A graduate of CSUN with a BA in Urban Studies and Chicano Studies and UCLA with a MA in Urban Planning, Alejandro is devoted to ensuring that underserved communities have access to affordable housing and appropriate support services
Hails from and continues to reside in East Los Ángeles. Continuing his parent’s Boyle Heights adolescent experience and direction, Martín actively practices a multicultural and multi-lingual celebration of Los Angeles’ varied communities. He has performed for over five decades in symphonic, opera, film, theater, lecture/workshop, and dance productions throughout the Southwest. He was an original member of Mariachi Mexicapán, conducting field research in Colima, México for a suite of “Bailes Colimenses” for Ballet Folklórico Mexicapán. Currently, Martín performs with Danza Floricanto USA (Mariachi Mexicapán), the Community Choir of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Ángeles and the Verdi Opera Chorus as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Mariachi Foundation and the Angelica Center for Art and Music.
Christie Rios was recently named Floricanto's Artistic Director. In addition to her work with company, she writes grants for Floricanto and continues her work as our Programs Director. Christie is a prolific choreographer who is inspired by the human condition and uses her voice to create dances on varied topics like, mental illness, stories of resiliency, molecular biology and motherhood….all while using the vocabulary of Mexican folk dance.
Co-founder and Executive Director for Danza Floricanto/USA, is a retired principal after serving for over 40 years with LAUSD. In his spare-time he designs, constructs, alters and keeps up Floricanto's extensive costume inventory.
Founding Artistic Director and choreographer for Danza Floricanto/USA, is devoted to illuminating her Mexican-American heritage through dance.
Retired teacher and school administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Born and raised in California, she comes from a family of 11 children. Many of whom have chosen music as their medium of artistic expression. She is a staunch supporter of art in all its forms.