Ballet Folklórico de México
is a folkloric ballet ensemble in Mexico City
. For five 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.
The ballet works and musical pieces reflect various regions and folk music genres of Mexico. Many of the ensemble's works reflect thena aaaaaaal traditions of indigenous Mesoamerican culture. Numbers of performers in individual dance numbers range from two to over thirty-five. 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. Under Hernández the group was a pioneer of Baile Folklórico in Mexico.
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.
In 1963 it issued a Living Stereo LP
, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico,
on RCA Records
of Mexico, RCA Victor MKS -1530.
(Supervisory personnel at time of release of RCA record: Amalia Hernández, general director and choreography, Ramon Noble, musical coordination, Celestino Gogorostiza, general supervision.)
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.