March 13, 2018
Rayven Armijo has studied Mexican folk dance and flamenco since the age of 3, pursed training at LA County Arts High School and Ailey Dance School, and toured with two New York based choreographers, Jennifer Archibald and Maguette Camara while performing modern dance, hip-hop, and West African dance. Rayven founded a company called cuerva spending countless hours working on its unique style and depth of movement that deconstructs the traditional gender roles embedded in folk dance while incorporating broader movement vocabularies. For 4 years, after returning from New York, Rayven was a soloist with Grandeza Mexicana Mexican Folk Ballet Company performing the diverse styles of Mexican folk dance. In 2008, she was a top twenty competitor in the Fox hit show So You Think You Can Dance, categorized as the “contemporary ballet dancer.” In 2009, she graduated from University of La Verne with a BS in political science, and then traveled to China to study Chinese language and culture for 6 years. Rayven is now pursuing a MFA in choreography at UCLA and is currently a teaching artist at the Judith F. Baca Arts academy in collaboration with Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). She is a recipient of the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Scholarship in 2015, Elaine Krown Klein Scholarship in 2016, and Harry M. and Alma Egan Hyatt Scholarship award in 2017. Through the many years of co-directing and teaching at Ballet Folklorico de Carolina with her mother, she now sees herself as a mentor and role model.