About the Ballet Folklórico Program

The Ballet Folklórico Program offers intensive and specialized training in the art of Mexican folk dance, emphasizing technique, body alignment, control, strength, and style. This 7th through 12th grade program is designed to develop well-rounded dancers with a curriculum that includes folklórico technique and repertoire, classical ballet, modern, Flamenco, and Spanish folk dance. Students receive professional training from the esteemed Ballet Folklórico Program faculty.

Student Experience

Ballet Folklórico students expand their understanding of choreography by learning repertoire from the various states and regions of Mexico and Spain, thereby developing technical strength and artistry, along with historical and cultural values. Students are exposed to renowned guest artists, university faculty, and industry leaders. Through performances, students are provided the opportunity to develop their creative abilities and express themselves as dancers and artists. Each year culminates in a main stage production highlighting the material learned throughout the year. Ballet Folklórico students also present a piece of their own choreography during Clase Abierta at the end of each year. There are additional performance opportunities available through the program’s widely recognized audition-only group, Las Estrellas, which performs at charitable events throughout the community.

  • “In the classroom, we’re taught basic dance techniques, but we are also introduced to a whole new, rich culture - you can't help but love the people, music, food, and dance.”
    Arlene Serna – Class of 2016

Preparing Students for the Future

The Ballet Folklórico Program prepares its students to follow either a professional or collegiate path. Upon graduating, students possess the skills and experience needed to audition for professional dance opportunities and/or attend a four-year university. Ballet Folklórico faculty members help students prepare audition videos for various scholarship programs and university submissions.

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