Dulce was born in Antique, Philippines but considers herself a native of Los Angeles’ "Temple Street" community. An accomplished performing artist, she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, a program of study which included field work in the Philippines where she researched the religious rituals and secular life of the Igorot tribes living in the mountains of Northern Luzon.|
Trained in classical modern dance, she has studied extensively with a number of significant artists including Judith Jamison and Erick Hawkins while living in New York City. Her choreography draws on elements of modern dance in addition to her traditional inheritance. Some of her work is elegantly traditional; other work blends traditional and modern dance forms for a more contemporary flavor.
Since her return to Los Angeles from the East Coast, Dulce has worked to increase Silayan’s visibility, not only in the Philippine-American community but in the larger field of dance. She has served an the assistant to C. Bernard Jackson of the noted Inner City Cultural Center and an associate instructor at Kidd Street Children’s School for the Performing Arts teaching upper-level ballet.
Dulce conducted research on Philippine culture through dance while studying with Wayne Mendoza at the University of Hawaii. An active advocate in promoting the visibility of the Philippine culture through the performing arts, she has served as the chairperson for the Performing Arts division of the 1993 Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture and was invited back the following year to curate its opening and closing ceremonies.
Last year, she appeared as a special guest on "Signs of the Times" television program with her mother to represent Silayan. Currently, she is teaching modern dance at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center and Philippine dance at Loyola-Marymount University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies and Dance. She is the first and only Philippine-American artist in Southern California to receive an Artist-in-Residence award from the California Arts Council. In fulfillment of this honor, she teaches dance to youth in the Philippine-American community at Search to Involve Pilipino-Americans (SIPA), an organization that advocates for high risk youth and immigrants.
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