Maru Montero Dance Company

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Maru Montero is the founder of the Maru Montero Dance Company.  A former lead dancer of the Ballet Folklórico de México, she formed the Company in 1992 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the joy and beauty of Latin dance and 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.