Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum (San Jose, CA)


  • Name:Mr. David Vargas

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum
  • Address:1254 Formosa Drive
    San Jose, CA 95131
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408 886 1069

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  • Mission:
  • Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum's mission is to share and promote indigenous Meso-American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. Tezkatlipoka strives to maintain a high level of integrity in both teaching and presenting Aztec dancing and drumming that is true to form so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations to come. The group's philosophy centers on preserving the sacred traditions left behind by our ancestors while sharing and exchanging cultural knowledge as a way to foster a sense of unity between all peoples of the Earth. Additionally, we strive to: INSPIRE our communities to take pride and participate in our rich indigenous cultural heritage, ENCOURAGE our communities and our youth to treasure, preserve and pass on our sacred traditions for future generations, and CREATE peace, harmony, and unity by tapping into our own ancient indigenous wisdom and medicine to heal body, mind, and spirit.

  • Overview:
  • Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum is a traditional school of learning of Aztec dancing, drumming and culture, and a traditional Aztec dance circle based in San Jose. Tezkatlipoka is also well-known in Silicon Valley as a community-based performing arts dance group that promotes an appreciation and understanding of pre-Colombian art forms through traditional Aztec dance and music. We work towards integrating all dimensions of Meso-American dance, music, and performance art while honoring the cultural traditions left behind by our ancestors. We have a deep commitment to the advancement of Aztec art forms by offering weekly community classes and through delivering arts education for school and community-based cultural presentations and events. Through these cultural programs, Tezkatlipoka celebrates cultural diversity by exploring common links that bring and connect all people together in a celebration of movement, art, and life. Although our true passion is dancing and drumming, we strive to educate our community about our Nahuatl language, traditional food, traditional regalia, instruments, and the history of the Aztec people. These teachings are offered at every traditional gathering, public and private performance, community class, and special invitations to other cultural events.`

  • History:
  • Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum was founded in 1988 by David Vargas, also known as Texomazatl within the Aztec community, as a traditional Aztec dance circle and cultural performing arts group in San Jose, California. Currently, there are over 15 group members in the dance circle, in addition to new beginner students that attend weekly classes. The group also has a history of collaborating with other Bay Area Aztec dancers, dance groups, and other artists in different genres. We do this through participating in traditional ceremonies or inviting other dancers to different performances throughout the greater Bay Area.

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown

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  • Board Members / Trustees:
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  • Key Staff:
  • FOUNDER: David Vargas, Artistic Director - Since 1988, teach, direct and secure performances and presentations, host ceremonies, choreograph, compose drumbeats and dances.
    VOLUNTEER MEMBERS: Pakal Vargas, Balam Vargas, Carolina Morimoto, Yolanda Tapia, Rachelle Herrera, Monica Martinez, Rae Ann Prado, Asucena Carreras, Isabel Martinez, Angelique Rosales, Adrianna Ramirez, Ruby Lopez, Francisca Dominguez, Ana Maria Harris, Rosie Dominguez


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:77-0251774

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770251774
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:MACLA
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:510 S 1ST ST
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95113-2806
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):119
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other cultural or historical activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A230
  • Asset Amount:$3,874,365
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$717,592
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$649,092
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:12:24 pm

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