is the recipient of the Donald McKayle Medal Scholar. At UCI, she earned
her Masters in Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography
and at California State University, Long Beach received her Bachelor of Arts
(BA) in Dance. She also attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in
New York on a scholarship provided by Santa Ana College. Her passion is
teaching dance and has been on the journey in becoming an eclectic teacher for
over 20 years. Mrs. Garcia teaches Ballet, Modern, World Dance &
Cultures and Introduction to Dance Forms, a class consisting ballet,
modern, jazz, hip-hop, Mexican Folk, Flamenco and Latin Social Dance
for future teachers.
For the past 15 years, Mrs. Garcia has developed and helped develop dance
programs for various community colleges and non-profit organizations such as
Delhi Community Center and the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center
(OCCTAC) both in downtown Orange County.
Rosa has taught at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), UCI,
Chapman University, local community colleges (Santiago Canyon, Santa Ana,
Fullerton, Cypress & Saddleback Colleges), St. Joseph's Ballet and the
Santa Ana Unified School District's After-School Program. Mrs. Garcia has
performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Irvine Barclay Theater,
Bowers Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Luckman Theater, San Juan
Capistrano Mission with well received companies such as Danza Floricanto/USA,
Ballet Folklorico Mexicanisimo, Loretta Livingston & Dancers, Dream Dance
Contemporary Dance, South Bay Latin Dance Ensemble and currently with her own
dance company Ek Balam (The Black Jaguar) Mayan Ensemble with
musician/composer Martin Espino.
She is a judge & consultant in the Open Category of the USA National
Folklorico Dance Competitions enhancing fusion of Modern dance and Ballet with
Mexican Folk dance.