A young woman smiles coyly at her handsome partner as she swishes her colorful skirt around him, and he vigorously dances around her stamping his feet in a rhythmic style reminiscence of tap-dance. No, this not a scene of a barn dance, but an example of "ballet folklorico"--a broad term that encompasses all forms of Mexican folk dancing.
The popular ballet folklorico dance company touring from Mexico, Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz, will be twirling their skirts and tapping their heels to classic Mexican folk dances on the stage of the Jewett Auditorium in Caldwell on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz was founded by Maestro Hugo Betancourt in 1985 in the state capital of Veracruz, Xalapa. This dance troupe has gone on to perform internationally in the United States, South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean to great acclaim.
Mexican folk dancing has been around for long time, but it was formalized and popularized by Mexican ballet choreographer Amelia Hernandez in the 1950s. She opened the first school dedicated to ballet folklorico in 1958 in Mexico City. Later ballet folklorico expanded to cities like El Paso and Los Angeles.
Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz will give you a rare chance to more fully immerse yourself in Mexican dance and music.