Fully of energy and bright pretty dresses, Ballet Folklorico is Mexican folklore music and dance. These dances consists of stomping with shoes that have nails in the bottom of the soles, women making arms movements that elegantly swing brighty-colored dress, and men holding their hands behind their backs or machetes that they clank together.
Each region having their own costume and dance, Ballet Folklorico represents the traditional regional dances that have resulted from Spanish and indigenous influences in Mexico. These include the regions of Nuevo Leon, Baja California, Tamulipas, and Veracruz.
In 1952, Amalia Hernandez Navarro, coreographer, founded Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, a dance company that worked to preserve and perform these mexican art forms. Starting with 10 women, the group grew to some 75 dancers ten years later. Traveling all over the world, ballet folklorico became recognized as a national symbol of Mexico and practiced in other countries, like the U.S. An example of this is St. Edward’s Ballet Folklorico group in Austin, Texas. The most well-known dances are from Jalisco, one called the Mexican Hat Dance or el Jarabe Tapatio.
Today, you can see the wonders of Mexican Ballet Folklorico all over. For some sweet videos of ballet folklorico groups to get a better understanding of Ballet Folklorico, click the following links.
And there is many many more, too many for me to put in this blog. To see all the different versions of these dance and different regions, just go to youtube ,type in “Ballet Folklorico,” and explore!