Originally from the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, he began his dance studies at the age of 16 in his hometown. In 2015 he entered the Escuela Superior de Músisca y Danza de Monterrey (ESMDM) in the classical dance degree special plan for males, concluding in 2018 with honors. During his studies at the ESMDM he participated in numerous classical ballets: La Bayadera, Don Quijote, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker and Paquita. Ivan received scholarships for additional training at different schools: Víctor Ullate Professional Dance School (2014, Madrid, Spain), Codarts (2014, Rotterdam, Holland), Royal Ballet School (2014, Antwerp, Belgium) National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance (2015, México City, Mexico) and ESMDM (2015, Monterrey, Mexico), invited to join the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company in Chicago (2018-2019).
He has participated in national and international competitions: National Children’s and Youth Ballet Contest (2013, 3rd Place), Cordoba Veracruz International Dance Festival (2013, 2015, 2017), Youth America Gran Prix México Gala Stars of Today and Tomorrow and was selected for the YAGP finals in New York City (2014-solo, 2015-pas de deux, 2017-ensemble, 2018-pas de deux). In 2014 Ivan was named one of seven national promises of dance in Mexico by the Autonomous University of México (UNAM), awarded by the H. State Congress of Sinaloa (Mexico) with the Juvenile Merit Award in 2014 in the artistic field, being the first male dancer to receive this award. His artist experience has been demonstrated at the events:
XXIV International Meeting of Academies for Teaching Ballet in Havana, Cuba and in performing with Ballet de Monterrey in La Bayadera in its fall season, 40th Anniversary Gala of the ESMDM at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in México City.
Lasting beauty best describes this "new and improved" ballerina developed in Spanish tropics. Mascara's attributes are clearly evident in the diverse roles she has covered: In Ondine, she proves she could withstand water and not run; in Giselle her interpretation is fuller, darker and thicker than "the others"; in Dances at a Gathering she stands out, separating herself from the clump; and in the Balanchine repertory she appears long, longer, longest!!
And throughout all of these tests, not one animal was harmed!!!