Rosa Garcia is the recipient of the Donald McKayle Medal Scholar. At UCI, she earned her M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography and at CSU, Long Beach received her B.A. in Dance. She also attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York on a scholarship. Her passion is teaching dance and has been on the journey in becoming an eclectic teacher for over 15 years. At Santa Ana College, Mrs. Garcia teaches Ballet, World Dance & Cultures and Introduction to Dance Forms, a class of ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, Mexican Folk, Flamenco and Latin Social Dance.
For the past 10 years, Mrs. Garcia has developed and helped develop dance programs for various community colleges and non-profit organizations such as St. Joseph's Ballet, Academy of International Dance, Delhi Community Center and the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC). She helps bring in college dance majors to teach and be involved in the community through dance including choreographing for Quinceañera (Sweet 15 birthday) events.
Rosa has taught at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), UCI and Chapman University. Mrs. Garcia has performed at the Irvine Barclay Theater, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Bowers Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Luckman Theater, San Juan Capistrano Mission with well received companies such as Danza Floricanto/USA, Ballet Folklorico Mexicanisimo, Loretta Livingston & Dancers, Dream Dance Contemporary Dance, South Bay Latin Dance Ensemble and currently with Ek'Balam Mayan Ensemble with musician Martin Espino.
She is a judge & consultant in the Open Category of the USA National Folklorico Dance Competitions enhancing fusion of Modern dance and Ballet with Mexican Folk dance.