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Founders

Poncho & Chepe

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Alfonso Meraza Prudente

Alfonso Meraza Prudente was born in San Jerónimo de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico. After graduating with his Bachelor's degree in Mexican Arts and Dance from the Instituto de la Danza Mexicana in Acapulco, Alfonso was determined to follow his dreams.  Alfonso traveled to Mexico City where he earned the coveted position of Principal Soloist, with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández, one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. He maintained his position as a Principal Soloist for 9 years.  The Ballet Folklorico performed weekly at the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and toured world-wide. Alfonso moved to Denver, Colorado in 2019 after marrying the love of his life and partner of Artistico, Jose Rosales. Alfonso has spent the last year as a dancer with Kim Robards Dance and working on the launch of Artistico.  Through all the places in the world, dance has taken Alfonso, he is most excited it has led him here to his new adventure and life, in Colorado.

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Jose Alonso Rosales

José “Chepe” Rosales is a retired principal soloist of the world-renowned Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández based Mexico City. José was the first U.S. born dancer to earn the role of “El Venado” (deer dancer) in the history of the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. He has performed in numerous international dance festivals, toured the world and performed in more than 400 shows annually throughout Mexico. His pride and greatest moments occurred in the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where the company performed on a weekly basis.


Prior to joining the Ballet, José was a member of Fiesta Colorado Dance Company based in Denver, Colo. for more than 10 years, where his early dance training began under the direction of Colorado dance Maestra, Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero. While in Mexico, he earned a Master of Liberal Studies in Art Development and Program Management Degree from the University of Denver. He is also a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and Dance. 


Through artistic dance alliances with other world-renowned dance companies and artists, José transformed into a universal performer. His performance and collaboration repertoire have included: Kim Robards Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, the National Ballet Company of Mexico and many more. While José’s signature dance form is Folklórico, other genres like ballet, jazz, African, hip-hop, modern and Middle Eastern transfusion have influenced the strength and diversity that José offers as an artist, dancer and choreographer.


As a proud Denver native, José is delighted to be back in the U.S. to share his love of dance, while giving back to the community that was instrumental in propelling him to his lifelong dream of performing on an international stage as a principal dancer in Mexico City.  He has spent the last year actively involved in Denver’s civic and social justice platforms with the City of Denver, working on the launch of ArtistiCO with his business partner and husband, Alfonso Meraza Prudente. He was recently named to Denver County Cultural Council and has been instrumental in launching artistic and revenue-generating arms of ArtistiCO, including a production company and Tiendita (online market selling Mexican artesanias).