Pacifico Dance Company is a 501 (C)(3) organization dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional Mexican dance through the reconstruction of choreography and dance training. We are seek to instill pride of heritage and promote cultural understanding among the diverse communities of Southern California. The company also incorporates Mexican folklore, religion, and current themes presented through dance fusion to further the appreciation and understanding of present day Mexico.



Adriana Astorga-Gaieney is a native born Californian, she began her dance training at a young age. Her introduction to Mexican folklore was at the Escuela del Ballet Folklorico, under the direction of Amalia Hernandez. She also trained at la Escuela de Danza, Mizoc and with the legendary Rafael Zamarripa Casteneda. She studied classical ballet with master dance instructors Don Hewitt and Joanna DIgiovanna. Throughout her dance career, Ms. Gainey had the privilege of working with Don Bondi, former lead dancer of the Gloria Newman Dance Theater, Davinci Burks, former Alvin Ailey soloist, modern dance master, Rudy Perez, and most recently modern dance teacher/choreographer Karen Mcdonald and ballet master Stephan Wenta.


In January 1992, she founded Pacifico Dance Company. In her capacity as general director, the company has grown to over 40 dancers and musicians and has toured California, New Mexico, Washington DC, North Korea, and China. Ms. Gainey is also the proud recipient of the 2003 and 2005 California dance maker grant and has been awarded certificates of recognition from both the city of Los Angeles and the Mexican Cultural Institute for her immense contributions to the folkloric dance form and the Mexican American community.  



Pacifico Dance Academy provides training of the highest standards in traditional Mexican dance to children and teens. Our program emphasizes zapateado technique and musicality necessary to meet the demands of Mexican folk dance choreographies. Our program also consists of quality ballet and yoga training to help students develop proper body alignment and the ability to adapt to all dance styles.


Classes are held at Plaza de La Raza.
3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031


Levels I- Sunday 8:15-9:30


Levels II & III- Friday 6:00-7:00, Sunday 8:15-10:15


Please inquire about placement and tuition by messaging at  https://www.facebook.com/PacificoDance.


Academy Director: Jesenia Gardea
Instructors: Daniella Alvarez and Samantha Zendejas 


Academy Director

Jesenia Gardea began training in ballet in 1987 at the West Coast Conservatory of Ballet. Two years later, she also began dancing ballet folklórico at Relampago Del Ciel. under director, Marlene Peña-Marin. In 1999, she joined Orange County Regional Ballet Company. She began dancing for Pacífico Dance Company in 2003 under the direction of Adriana Gainey. Gardea was a teacher for the International Dance Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts from 2004-2007. Gardea was the lead choreographer for a ballet, “Our Lady of Lourdes” which premiered in January 2012. Gardea continues to travel to Mexico to take master classes, broaden her teaching pedagogies, and expand her repertoire in the Mexican dance form. Gardea’s performance venues include: Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA; Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Mondavi Center in Davis, Ca; the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA; the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Ca.; the Latin Grammy’s in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA; Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, California. Gardea received her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Chapman University in 2007. She earned her teaching credential in Mathematics from California State University, Fullerton in 2012. Currently, she teaches math and dance for Santa Ana Unified School District.

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What others Are Saying

"A breathtakingly beautiful kaleidoscope of color and movement, Pacifico Dance Company, under the astute direction of Adriana Astorga-Gainey, brings everything you'd wish for in ballet folklorico, and something more. Pacifico breathes of now and the exuberant dances and dancers made a deep impression on our patrons, young and old!"


—  Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, Director of Education, McCallum Theatre





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