Pacifico Dance Company
El Fandanguito was created to share our love for our culture and art form. El Fandanguito, by Mariachi Los Toros, is a special song for Pacifíco Dance Company, as it is typically part of our company’s programming. Each dancer performs a section of the song using different dance movements specific to the Mexican states of Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Veacruz, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas. Dancers did not wear the traditional attire, but instead opted for accessories or props unique to the state they were representing. Much thought and consideration went into each individually chosen dance space. From the neighborhoods of West Covina and Santa Ana, to the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach and a Burbank cemetery, each dancer selected a location close to their hearts during these challenging times.
About the Company
Pacifíco Dance Company (Pacifico), California’s premier Mexican Folk dance company, is a Los Angeles based ensemble whose works combine traditional styles with modern dance idioms to create dynamic and vibrant choreographies. Artistic Director, Adriana A. Gainey places careful emphasis upon Mesoamerican cultures and traditions that have blended European, South American, African and Caribbean stylings. In studying the folk traditions of Mexico, Gainey and Pacifíco Dance Company preserve authenticity and history through dance and music.
Gainey began her dance training at a young age with the National Ballet Folklórico School under the direction of the legendary Amalia Hernandez. She studied classical ballet and yoga with master teachers in the Los Angeles area for over 30 years. She has been honored twice with the Irvine DanceMaker award throughout its 28-year history and has put much emphasis on collaborations with educational organizations to produce performances for students K-12.
Pacifíco is currently one of the artists on the roster of The Music Center’s education department and the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. The company’s education initiatives intend to build audiences by engaging students in the arts. For two years, the company was in residence at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where members taught Mexican Folk dancing.
Ms. Gainey has been prominently featured in a number of publications and television advertisements, both locally and nationally, including the Los Angeles Times, Oregon Mail Tribune, Delaware News Journal, Hispanic magazine and the Spanish-language daily La Opinión. Pacífico has been profiled by KCET-TV’s award-winning program Life & Times and the nationally syndicated show American Latino TV, broadcast to over 50 million homes in the U.S.
Pacifíco strives to captivate audiences and promote pride within the Latino community through dance and music that convey the uniqueness and diversity of the Mexican culture. The company has performed extensively throughout the U.S. at many world-renowned theatres: The Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Mondavi Center for the Arts, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, The Getty Center, the Universal Amphitheatre, a residency at the Kennedy Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The company has also toured internationally to North Korea and the People’s Republic of China.