The Kings Cultural Center is under Kings Regional Traditional Folk Arts, a public not for profit organization founded to expand the artistic opportunities for the youth of Kings County and surrounding communities. The purpose of the organization is to promote artistic programs (Mariachi music, Folklorico dance, Hawaiian dance, Hip Hop Dance, Drawing) for youth residents in Kings and Fresno County, instill cultural pride and to broaden an understanding of our heritage. The group's primary activity is the creation, preservation and promotion of traditional ethnic events, presenting at numerous community performances.
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- Ballet Folklorico Sol del Valle
Kings Cultural Center opened in February 2006, Ballet Folklorico “Sol Del Valle” (Sun of the Valley) has been in existence since 1994. It started in the backyard of director Consuelo G. Medina with ten students. Today, the membership has increased to seventy + students. Currently, Sol del Valle have presented the following regions of Mexico: Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Corridos, Jalisco, Veracruz, Durango, Yucatan, Sonora Bronco, Carnaval Jarocho, Baja California- Calabaciados, Matachines, Sinaloa, Mambo and Zoot Suit-Swing. Maria Cerda, new instructor, from Clovis CA brings her vast knowledge and experience of folklorico dance to KCC. The folklorico program is now under the direction of talented Maria Cerda since 2016. Students who want to participate must be 5 years old+
Instructor Kealoha Sakamoto born and raised in the beautiful Islands of Hawaii. Wanting to share the culture of the Polynesian culture. Offering basic hula and tahitian and the interpetation of the dances. Come and share in the Spirit of Aloha! It's all about that Base! Moving your hips to music. Come and enjoy something different not just dance but exercise for yourself! Hula & Tahitian classes please bring a Sarong or Pau skirt and T-shirt for comfort.
Students can take instrumental classes with mariachi genre in Guitar, Violin, Vihuela and Guitarron. No experience necessary. We encourage young students (7 years+) as well as adults who wish to learn how to play an instrument to participate.
- Beginning Drawing NEW CLASS.
This Class will help students develop skills in pencil drawing including perspective drawing, contour drawing, grid drawing, shading drawing, etc. No experience required. Teacher name: Christina
Hip Hop classes teach rhythm, coordination, musicality, and choreography without suggestive music movements. Students are challenged to think on their feet while enjoying an energetic and fast-paced dance class. Our Hip Hop dancers develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun. This is an excellent class for high energy kids who want to take a faast and fun dance class. ages 8-12 Teacher name: Lacquisha
Kings Regional Traditional Folk Arts was formed to foster and promote traditional and multi-cultural folk music/dance, and related performing arts. Kings Regional Traditional Folk Arts seek to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through Education, Networking, and Development.
- Education: To increase understanding of the rich variety, artistic value, cultural and historical significance, and continuing relevance of folk music and dance among educators, media, and the general public.
- Networking: To provide a bridge to and from folk music and dance organizations and needed resources with the emphasis in youth participation.
- Development: To support and encourage the development of new and existing youth grassroots folk music and dance organizations.
Juan R. Medina – President
Consuelo G. Medina Treasurer/Secretary
Guadalupe Avina-Lemoore, CA
Martina Avila-Strathford, CA
Miguel Gonzalez, Hanford, CA
Elvira Gonzalez Godinez, Hanford, CA
Barbara Frasquillo, Tulare, CA
Viviana Alapisco, Hanford, CA
January 16, 2020
A new season is approaching and it will be the KCC's best season yet. We look forward in having new students and our several talented returning students participate in the classes we are offering this year!
We will be offering classes in Ballet Folklorico, Hawaiian, Instrumental/Mariachi classes in Violin,Guitar, Vihuela, and Guitarron, Hip Hop, and Art classes.
In addition to our main KCC Building, check out our expansion if you haven't already named our KCC HALL, which also serves as our recital hall, meeting hall, and can hold special events. The hall is also available for rent to the community for small gatherings of less than 110 people. Ask for Juan to schedule an event.
We will end our season with our special Dia de los Muertos event in front of our cultural center on SUNDAY October 25, 2020. (SAVE THE DATE).
In the meantime, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ KINGS CULTURAL CENTER for updates. We also invite you to participate in our board of directors meetings held at KCC quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday from 7 to 8 pm to discuss events, classes, performances, policies etc.
Come get involved!! Our board of directors personally invites you.
- Juan R. Medina, President and Exec. Director