Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
Ballet Folklórico de México is a Mexican folkloric ballet ensemble in Mexico City. For six decades it has presented dances in costumes that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico. The ensemble has appeared under the name, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández.
From the group's founding by Amalia Hernández in 1952, the group grew from eight performers to a fifty piece ensemble by the end of the decade. In 1959 the group officially represented Mexico at the Pan American Games in Chicago, United States. In 1963 Guillermo Keys-Arenas was the Assistant to the Director of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, while in 1969 he was its Artistic Coordinator.See concert programs here and here  
The ballet works and musical pieces reflect various regions and folk music genres of Mexico. Many of the ensemble's works reflect the traditions of indigenous Mesoamerican culture. Numbers of performers in individual dance numbers range from two to over thirty-five. Under Amalia Hernández the group was a pioneer of Baile Folklórico in Mexico. It is practiced by many people in America as well as Mexico.
There are three types of Ballet Folklorico: Danza, Mestizo, and Bailes Regionales (Regional dances).[clarification needed]
Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Ollimpaxqui and Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico (based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) also present performances of traditional Mexican dances. Some alumni from Ballet Folklorico Mexico are members of these ensembles.
- Amalia Hernández
- Baile Folklórico
- Culture of Mexico
- Music of Mexico
- List of folk dance performance groups
- Madera Folklorico
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- Official website
- Houston Institute for Culture, discussing the diverse influences upon Mexican culture and the various regions of the nation
- Photos of the group's performances
- McFeaters, Bea. [(http://www.houstonculture.org/index.html) The Melting Pot].
- "http://historyoffolklorico.blogspot.com/2008/04/most-people-in-our-society-do-not.html". Retrieved March 15, 2012.
-  Veracruz Dancers
- RCA Victor MKS -1530. (Supervisory personnel at time of release of RCA record: Amalia Sarabia, general director and choreography, Ramon Noble, musical coordination, Celestino Gorostiza, general supervision.)