Maru Montero Dance Co.
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The Maru Montero Dance Company, founded by former Ballet Folklorico de Mexico lead dancer Maru Montero in 1992, is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting the joy and beauty of Latin culture in the United States. From humble beginnings in church basements and school gymnasiums, the Company has grown into the premier Latin dance company in the Washington, D.C. area. Although its roots are in Mexican folk dance, the company also performs modern Latin dance, including mambo, cha cha, and salsa as well as dances from many other Latin American and the Caribbean countries.

The Company – through events such as the National Cinco de Mayo Festival® and its dance classes and programs – encourages its students to learn about Latin culture while developing skills such as discipline and team-building in a socially stimulating environment. The Company offers a wide selection of programs to promote cultural education including performances, school workshops, and after school programs. The Company has been featured at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, the White House, and the Smithsonian Institution.

MMDC performs at the White House

Latin American Folk Dance Classes


MMDC Board of Directors

Calvin Smith (Board Chair), Managing Partner
Elon Capital Partners, LLC

Ana Recio Harvey, Director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership Small Business Administration

Abel Lopez, Associate Producing Director
Gala Theatre

Richard Messick, Attorney
World Bank

Luis Vasquez, President




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