Manuel Garcia, Founder and Dance Instructor
Manuel Garcia dancing Matachines
Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. was founded in 1989 by Manuel Garcia. Manuel has over 35 years experience in teaching folklorico. He has studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua in Mexico and received his degree in dance there. He is a U.S. citizen and has lived here in Oklahoma for over 20 years. Manuel Garcia has been recognized by the City of Oklahoma City as well as the State of Oklahoma for his contribution and service to the Hispanic Community. November 20th has been named Manuel Garcia Day and he was named Honorary Grandfather of Folklorico in Oklahoma. We are so very proud of him and thankful for his many hours of work with our students.
Shana Madrid-Smith, Executive Director and Dance Instructor
Shana Madrid-Smith is the director of Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. and has been dancing for over 30 years. She started dancing at 7 years old as an early student of Maestro Manuel Garcia and has dedicated her life to dancing and teaching others the art of Folklorico. Shana Madrid-Smith describes herself as an Air Force brat and has spent many years overseas in Spain and Germany plus several years in North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. While in Germany, she taught many of her peers and performed the traditional dances of Mexico that she learned as a child. Once back in the states, she joined Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers as a principal dancer and made her way up the ranks to become the executive director. She has made it her mission to not only direct this dance group, but to also educate students and the community of the diversities of Mexico. Throughout her dance career, she has learned of the history and significance of each dance and feels it is very important to pass on what she has learned to others. She feels through education, tolerance is achieved. She is happily married to her husband, Kevin, for over 20 years and has a dog named Thunder.
Vanessa Delgadillo, Vocalist and Vocal Program Director
Vanessa Delgadillo is the vocalist for Yumare and is also the director of our Vocal Program. Singing is Miss Delgadillo's passion. Miss Delgadillo graduated from Classen School of Advance Studies as a Vocal Performance Music Major in 2007. She went on to achieve her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. It was during her time at UCO, Vanessa reined as Miss Hispanic UCO 2011 and became an active member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. She was President for 3 years and currently remains involved as the Chapters Alumni Advisor. Vanessa went back to school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2013. She is a third year teacher and currently teaches at Capitol Hill High School. Miss Delgadillo is the brainchild for our vocal program which will provide focused training to aspiring vocalists and teach them the proper tools to succeed. Vanessa is a great role model for our students. She has had experience in the art of vocal performance for 20 years and has performed for both entertainment and philanthropic purposes, as well as competitively around the nation as a solo act and with various choirs. Vanessa’s most cherished performances include singing with her high school chorus in 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, performing at her high school commencement ceremony at the Cox Convention Center in 2007, competing to raise money at the Coca-Cola Center in 2012 to help support single mothers, performing at the OKC Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma State Fair, when she is invited to perform at her alma mater, and any time she is able to perform with her students. Vanessa won First Runner-Up, Miss Congeniality, and Best Talent Award for the Miss Hispanic University of Central Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant in 2010. She became the vocalist for Yumare in the summer of that same year. Yumare is very fortunate to have her on our team.