Ballet Folklórico de México

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Concert program cover of performance of the ballet at the University of Michigan in 1963

Ballet Folklórico de México is a Mexican folkloric 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.


Ballet Folklórico de México. (Palacio de Bellas Artes, 2016)

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 Folklórico de México, while in 1969 he was its Artistic Coordinator.[1][2][3][4]


The music and dances reflect various regions 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 folk dance of Mexico. It is practiced by many people in America as well as Mexico.[5][6]

The ensemble performs three times weekly at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Additionally, it has toured widely in the United States and has appeared in over 80 other countries.

There are three types of Ballet Folklorico: Danza, Mestizo, and Bailes Regionales (Regional dances).[clarification needed]


In 1963 the ensemble issued a 'Living Stereo' LP record, Ballet Folklórico de México, on RCA Records of Mexico.[7] Songs on LP record include: Flor De Piña, El Sapo,and El Patito.[8]

Similar ensembles[edit]

Ballet Folklórico Mexicano Ollimpaxqui and Ballet Folklórico Puro México (based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) also present performances of traditional Mexican dances. Some alumni from Ballet Folklórico México are members of these ensembles.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ McFeaters, Bea. The Melting Pot.
  4. ^ "The History of Folklorico". Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 4, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2008-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Veracruz Dancers
  7. ^ 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.)
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