Now registering for the 2023-2024 season

Classes for new dancers begin in August 2023!

Folklórico Class Information: Classes are offered for ages four years to adult in all skill levels. All dancers learn the footwork technique, skirt movements, and history of the traditional dances of Mexico. Classes meet weekly with performance opportunities as part of one of our dance groups: Ballet Folklórico Infantil, Ballet Folklórico Juvenile, Teen/Adult Beginner, the Adult Company, and the Matachines.

We offer dance classes for ages 4 years and up.

Ballet Folklórico Infantil— Performing group with children ages 4 to 8 in mind. In this group, even our littlest dancers learn the history of Mexico.

Ballet Folklórico Juvenil–Performing group designed for children ages 9 to 14 years of age. All dancers learn the traditional dances of Mexico.

Teen/Adult Beginner–This performing group consists of teenagers and adults of all ages who have always wanted to dance folklórico.

**New**: Matachines – a group dedicated to performing Indigenous dances of Catholic prayer.

**New Class** Theory, Embodiment, & Practice

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Purpose: This is a five week class designed for folkloristas who would like to incorporate Dance theory into their teachings. Participants will read classic texts on theories of embodiment and learn to read dance movements.

Requirements: Participants must read weekly readings and bring questions for discussion. Class will start with a presentation of the materials that were read (20 minutes) and discussion (40 minutes). Participants must have Facebook rooms, Facebook messenger, an e-mail address, and google docs. The last day of class will conclude with mini-project presentations by participants. Each participant must purchase or check out from your local library The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003) by Diana Taylor

Cost: $31.59

Meetings: Class meets every Saturday from September 23 to October 28 (six weeks) from 11:00 a.m central time to 12:00 p.m. via Facebook messenger rooms. (Except on October 7th class will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. central time) All participants must have access to Facebook.

To Register: Complete the on-line registration form and designate the class offering. Then, pay the $31.59 on-line via our webpage at https://gabrielamendozagarciafolklorico.com/registration-tuition-payment/

Class Readings:

September 23rd—Introductions, class expectations, & discussion of Samba Resistance in Motion: Art and the Politics of Everyday (1995) by Barbara Browning pages

September 30thThe Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003) by Diana Taylor—read Chapter 1 Acts of Transfer pages 1-52

October 7th—(Class will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time)The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003) by Diana Taylor—read Chapter 3 Memory as a Cultural Practice pages 79-109

October 14th— “Embodying Difference” in Meanings in Motion (1997) by Jane Desmond pages 29-54

October 21st-Reading dance movements: participants will learn how to carefully analyze dance movements via video footage and photographs to understand their bodily meanings.  

October 28th—Participants will present their mini projects. Each participant will share a photograph, video footage, or perform a dance and tell us how they analyzed the bodily meaning.

Phone/E-mail: (956)725-1832, gabymendozagarcia@yahoo.com

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Dance Studio Location: 4201 McPherson Road, Suite #103, Laredo, Texas, 78041

Photos courtesy of Sanjuanita Martinez-Hunter, Ileana Reyes, David Martinez, Mike Zavala, and Guillermo Hernandez