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As part of the Folkicks’ mission to ensure that the Mexican tradition of Folklorico is carried with pride, we love to celebrate companies that work towards the same goal. In 2019, we planted our roots here in Los Angeles, California, and have focused our Folklorico passion into the ‘soles’ of the art—the shoes! Luckily enough, we are surrounded by an amazing community made up of latin@s from all walks of life, all of whom are connected by our love for Folklorico art.
Just as each dancer offers something special to the art of Folklorico, we know that no two studios are alike. For that reason, we’ve featured each studio highlighting what sets them apart. So, without further ado, please find Folkicks’ guide to our favorite Folklorico dance companies in Los Angeles!
For the Traditional Dancer:
The star-struck dancer will love the repertoire that comes with dancing at the Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles (BFLA). The company maintains many of the traditional aspects of Folklorico, such as performing with live music. Not to mention, the company has performed traditional dances at countless world-class venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Anaheim Convention Center, and Orpheum Theater focusing on entertainment and authenticity. BFLA has been accompanied by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, world-famous Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. For any Disney fans out there, in 2018, BFLA also performed Coco's Academy Award-Winning song, "Remember Me," on the 90th Annual Academy Awards alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal and Miguel.
BFLA also offers online classes hosted by Maestra Kareli Montoya and they are currently offering a 50% off their lifetime membership. More details here.
For the Disciplined, yet Artistic Dancer:
Ever since the studio's conception in 2004, Grandeza Mexicana Dance Academy (GMDA) has catered to young dancers who are committed to working tirelessly to push artistic boundaries and achieve their goals. One of the studio’s dancers, Erika Rivera, says of the company, “Grandeza definitely has a very unique way of doing things... and revamping your body movements to fit the style is also a challenge but once you see the changes everything starts falling into place better.” GMDA embraces their dancers as a whole, training both their minds and bodies in the studio. Dancers learn how to balance their dedication and commitment to Folklorico as they manage their academics, and even work!
For the Contemporary Dancer:
As the Pacifico Dance Company says itself, “Traditional Mexican dances (aka baile folklórico) are [our] forte.” Founder and Artistic Director, Adriana Astorga-Gainey, who spent her summers going to Mexico City growing up, fell in love with the Folklorico tradition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. She’s used her passion for traditional Folklorico as the foundation for her creative and contemporary choreography to push the hundred of Pacifico Dance Company dancers to another level. Adriana and the company focus on creating dancers that are physically and professionally unmatched through intense practices and dancing ‘outside of the box’!
For the Drama-loving Dancer:
Formerly known as Resurreccion Mexican Folk, Orígenes Dance Company started as a small dance company, but through the Artistic Director, Rafael Valpuesta’s interpretation and celebration of traditional Folklorico dance, the studio has grown to over 100 dancers. Mr. Valpuesta noticed that Mexican folk dance was evolving to incorporate other dance disciplines involving a more theatrical style, shaping the unique style and direction that Orígenes Dance Company is known for.
No matter where your Folklorico journey takes you, Folkicks will be here to support you with the best dancewear in the industry!
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