Tere Luna nurtured her artistic talents at an early age while growing up in her native México. These talents were always very connected with family and the beauty and richness of Mexican culture. Tere often recalls the family gatherings where great music, food, and traditions served as breeding ground for her artistic aspirations. There she learned romantic songs that sparked her imagination and profound passion for Mexican folk music and dance. Even then, she dreamt of being a performer; this motivated her to study voice and dance.
Dancing has always been an integral part of Tere’s life. She began to study dance at age eight at Escuela Manuel Avila Camacho in México City. She later studied jazz dance under Ema Pulido and Flamenco dance under Pilar Rioja also in México City. She continued her studies of Mexican folkloric dance under Javier Bárcenas, Marlén Santillán and Soledad Zamudio in México. Recently, Tere has also studied Flamenco dance under Melinda Márquez and Sandra Hernández in Connecticut, U.S.A.
As a professional, Tere has performed as a solo dancer, with dance troupes, and with Mexican mariachi bands. In 2007 she performed at the Latino de Oro Gala Celebration sponsored by the Spanish-language newspaper Identidad Latina and with Grupo de Baile Folklore de México at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Since 2009 she has performed with Fiesta del Norte, a local mariachi band at 3rd Thursday Street Festival (Willimantic), Manchester Bandshell (Manchester), Hartford Public Library, Elizabeth Park Summer Concerts (Hartford), Trumbull Senior Center (Trumbull), and several schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Tere has also taught Mexican folkloric dance to children at Atabex Dance Academy in East Hartford (2008) and at several public schools in Connecticut.
Between 2009 and 2012 she performed at various events, including Burlap Community Festival (Bridgeport), Santa Ana Catholic Parish (New Britain), New Haven City Hall, and Cinco de Mayo Festival (Bridgeport). Since 2012, she has performed with Grupo de Baile Folklórico Mexicano Tepeyac at various festivals and community events. In February 2014, Tere performed outdoors at Palacio de Bellas Artes in México City, México. In April 2014, Tere performed at Hello West Hartford! Multicultural Festival and also made a cameo appearance during the 20th anniversary concert of the Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble produced by the Connecticut Guitar Society.
In 2014, Tere joined HARTFORD PERFORMS, an arts-in-education program with the Hartford Public Schools, and made her school debut appearance at the Breakthrough Academy Magnet School. She also performed at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT.
Beginning in 2015, Tere Luna is available to perform with Mariachi Emperadores de Puebla at special events, including Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, Cinco de Mayo, and Quinceañera presentations.
Tere Luna is registered with Hartford Performs’ roster of teaching artists. Schools may contact Hartford Performs for information on booking Tere Luna for school residencies.