"You don't know the face of exhaustion when you have a passion," said Zenón Barrón of his new role as the artistic director for the lauded professional ballet folklórico company, Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (IMBA). The Guanajuato, México native was recently named director just a month after its former director Steven Valencia announced his resignation after 14 years with IMBA.
This is not the first time that Barrón -- who lives in San Francisco and makes the two-hour commute via Amtrak to Sacramento to teach his students -- has worked with IMBA. In the last 3 years, he has devoted much of his time as a teacher, helping with instruction and the production of shows, having taken the dance ensemble to compete in México multiple times.
"I recall vividly one year when IMBA was named one of the top 20 groups to have performed in México and I was really excited so my job will be to ensure we are consistent with the caliber we perform and remain professional," said Barrón, who founded his own folklórico dance company and is currently the Artistic Director for 'Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco.'
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