Antonina Valdez Romp, Director and President of Los Ninos de Santa Fe Y Compania, is native of Santa Fe and has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Benedictine College. She has been a Home School educator for elementary and high school instruction for over 24 years; and is actively involved with the community in Santa Fe. She has coaching experience in swimming, running and volleyball. Antonina started dancing folkloric since at the age of six and has performed in several professional venues at The Lensic, James A. Little, Denver Stadium, Moving People Dance, Folk Art Museum and other local school theaters. She has been the Artistic Director of LNSF since 2005. She received professional training in Mexican dance in Las Cruces, NM with Rafael Zamarripa, Tucson, AZ with La Universidad de Colima Ballet, Mexico City with Carlos Antunez of renown Ballet Folkorico de Amalia Hernandez, and Guadalajara, Mexico with La Universidad de Guadalajara and La Universidad de Autonoma Guadalajara.
Los Niños de Santa Fe (LNSF) is a local program dedicated to preserving traditional dances of Mexico. Students ranging from ages three to adult learn the fundamental techniques of traditional and modern movements, footwork and the history of other ethnic influences that has defined folkloric dance of Mexico. LNSF seeks to instill educational life skills to each participant through positive role modeling, emphasizing respect, responsibility, and discipline to the student.