Jonathan Tioseco

Dancer / Dance Assistant                                        Back to Performing Artists Page
     Born and raised in Daly City, California, Jonathan has been a part of the performing arts since the age of twelve.  Beginning in his elementary school band where he excelled playing the flute. In both middle school and high school, Jonathan has been awarded with "excellent" ratings by the California Music Educator's Association's (CMEA) in both solo and ensemble festivals held at San Francisco State University and by CMEA's band festivals held at South San Francisco High School.

     In 2002, Jonathan was chosen to be a part of the Honor's band and played with other band students from the Bay Area at San Jose State University.  Later that year, Jonathan joined the Nemenzo Polynesian Dance Company as a percussionist and became administrative support for their annual shows and competitions, which led him to travel to Tahiti in 2007 to witness the very first "Heiva International i Tahiti".

     In 2007, Jonathan joined the Kababayan Program of Skyline College through their English program and immersed himself in Filipino-American studies through Literature, Sociology, Music, Dance and History.  Jonathan was the head writer for Skyline's fifth Pilipino Cultural Night, "BROWNOUT!" in 2008 and in the following school year starred as the infamous "Lola Belen".  While writing "BROWNOUT!", Jonathan was introduced to Filipino folk dance and took the dance class taught by Bonifacio Valera.  It was not after Skyline's PCN that Jonathan began to train under Bonifacio Valera with the Kababayan Dance Troupe of Skyline College and Barangay Dance Company for the production of "Kaugnayan".

     From 2009 to present day, Jonathan has trained under Victoria Hafalia, Bayanihan alumni: Manrique Cabaya, Robert and Clarissa Lopez, Jay Loyola, and Master Danongan Kalanduyan of the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble.  In 2010, Jonathan  received training under Raul Nepomuceno and Cherry Ylanan of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group through the Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshops in San Diego, CA along with other folk dance enthusiasts from all over California.  Currently, Jonathan is an aspiring Ethnic Studies teacher and is developing his craft in folk dance in hopes to train with the dance masters of the Philippines, especially with Ms. Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, the leading figure of Pangalay.