Rafael Valpuesta began his dance training at the age of seven under the direction of Alberto Muriel. It was during those early years in his life where he learned the folk dances of Mexico with great professionalism far beyond his young age. At the age of 17, Mr. Valpuesta began to teach his fellow classmates, but soon after, he was given the opportunity to direct his Alma Mater's Mexican folk troop at Roosevelt High School in the city of Los Angeles.

This was the beginning of his professional dance career. Many bigger challenges came after that, where he was able to form part of some of the most important dance organizations in Los Angeles like: Adriana Astorga-Gainey's Pacifico Dance Company, and Jose Vences' Grandeza Mexicana.

Mr. Valpuesta has traveled all over the United States and Europe, promoting Mexican culture through dance. He has also worked with great Dance Masters in many different dance disciplines like: Viviana Basanta of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Davincci Burkes, former Alvin Ailey soloist, and the art of Flamenco under the direction of Juana Amaya in Seville, Spain. To that end, Mr. Valpuesta has directed several local dance companies and has conducted many workshops throughout the country.

His extensive dance training has allowed him to fuse universal ballet with traditional dance to create a stylized and theatrical interpretation of Mexican folk dance. Mr. Valpuesta plans to continue teaching the children and youth of his community about the beautiful dances of Mexico.