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Originally from Mexico City. She studied Ballet and Flamenco from the age of 4 in the Gloria Campobello Dance Company. During the summers she attends artistic training courses (singing, dancing and acting) at the Milton Gio school in Mexico City and Flamenco Dance courses in Madrid, Spain. Graduated from CETYS Universidad Tijuana as an Electronic Systems Engineer with a master's degree in robotics from UCLA. Obtains studies in Industrial Engineering and production at Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Baja California.
From 1999 to 2001 she had a record deal with Warner Bro Studio's Giant Records as part of an all-female American pop band "i5", which led her to share the stage with artists such as Christina Aguilera and Backstreet Boys as well as opening the National tours of Britney Spears, NSYNC and being part of the Nickelodeon TV channel tours. In 2003 he recorded a solo album produced by Mario Quintero and the Tucanes de Tijuana. In 2005 Alma Latina Performing Art School starts in Tijuana, in 7 years Alma Latina is positioned as the most awarded Latin dance company in the world, with more than 60 world titles including categories for children, adolescents, adults and seniors, in levels: soloists, couples and teams amateur and professional levels. In 2011 she is included in the Tijuana Walk of Fame. In 2013, it launched the Alma Latina franchise and currently has around 24 franchises distributed in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. From 2018 to the present, he has served as the International Judge representing Mexico in the World Latin Dance Cup.
Bachata world champion and director of the largest and most awarded Latin dance company in the world. He is currently developing an app to streamline the exchange of dance knowledge and connectivity between communities of dancers and the local salsa and bachata industry. “Dancedrills The App” can already be found in the Apple store and google play.
Gabriela Equiz developed a platform for the distribution of online Dance Classes and her most recent project is "Salsa Bachata University", an educational institution that seeks to legitimize and provide structure to the Los Ritmos Latinos industry and whose ultimate goal is to create the first Bachelor of Dance specializing in Latin Rhythms in the country and the world. gabriela looking for venture into the world of motivational speaking through a podcast called "Dance Boss Lady" in which he shares his passion for helping people follow and fulfill their dance dreams.
She is a graduate of the Northwest Performing Arts Center. She began her career as an actress in 1999 and has participated in productions as a member of Grupo Ojo, Grupo Las Diablas, Optika Moderna and Tijuana Hace Teatro. We recently saw her in "El Method Grönholm" by Tijuana Hace Teatro directed by Ramón Verdugo and more than 60 performances. At the WOW Festival at La Jolla's Playhouse with “Optika Piñata” by David Reynoso and at “The Frontera Project” directed by Ramón Verdugo and Jessica Bauman. Staging that has been returning from a tour of the northeastern United States.
He has attended workshops in the United States and Mexico such as: Neutral Mask, Comedia Dell'Arte, Character Creation, Composition and Improvisation, Inhabiting the Word, Viewpoints, Shakespeare for Social Justice, with instructors such as Francisco Beverido, Bárbara Colio, Claudia Villa, Jesús Quintero, Cecilia Suarez, Toni Cots, Antonio Ocampo Guzmán, Katherine Harroff, Marin Theater Company, Jessica Bauman and Barry Edelstein.
Since 2012 she has been a member of the Compañía Tijuana Hace Teatro, where she performs her function mainly as an actress and assistant director and producer. In January 2018 she joins as a Teaching Artist at The Old Globe in San Diego, California where she works directly with the sensitive and incarcerated communities in the city to bring theater to them. And she has also collaborated as an actress in festivals of new dramaturgy and plays for the community such as “Hermanas” written by Daniel Jáquez and “Pasajes” written by Crystal Mercado.
In 2019, she also joins Bocón Arts, an arts organization in San Diego that promotes arts education throughout the county. Owner of Café Dionisio, an independent cultural forum in Tijuana BC that opened its doors to the community in October 2012. Already adding more than 300 events in all artistic disciplines promoting the work of local artists.
With a Doctorate in Dance from the University of California, Riverside (2014), a Master's in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from the University of California, Irvine (2006), and a Bachelor of Dance from the Gloria Campobello School of Dance (1986). Tapia has consolidated his artistic training with studies in Mexico, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and for seven years in Cuba. His teaching and curatorial activity is recognized in the Northwest of the country and in the United States, especially for his promotion of artistic exchange between both countries. In 2004, the Tijuana Economic Development Council and the Tijuana Image Committee awarded him the “Walk of Fame” recognition; in 2005 the Universidad Iberoamericana paid him a tribute for his artistic career; received recognition from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) in the United States; and in 2019 he was awarded the "Culture Award", among other awards. Tapia has instituted various projects that spread the art of dance, such as: The "Binational Choreographic Show"; The tribute "Medalla al Arte Dancístico Tijuana", a prize that has been awarded to dance personalities, and is Co-founder of the "Tijuana-San Diego Video-dance Festival", among others. His work has been presented in Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Panama, and in the United States at the prestigious Joyce SoHo space for dance in New York, among others. As a researcher, her interest is focused on the production of border dances in the Tijuana-San Diego region. His articles have been published in magazines such as Interdanza del INBA, in the specialized dance magazine "Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies"; and in books such as Migration and Culture published by UNESCO-COLEF, among others. She currently works in the Dance Degrees of the EDGC in Tijuana, in San Diego in MCC where she is Associate Faculty, and in the Minerva Tapia Dance Group as choreographer and director. From 2019-2021 she was director of the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture, Tijuana.