Ballet Folklorico’s Spring Show: Colors of Mexico
On April 7th in the Calhoun Cabaret, Ballet Folklorico held its annual spring show: Colors of Mexico. It was a celebration of all things Mexican, including dancing, chips and salsa, and mariachi. With our special guests, the Mariachi de Brown, our goal was to show Yale the wonder that is traditional Mexico.
We started off each show with dances from the state of Chiapas. The guys featured a white shirt with a red bandana, while the girls had the traditional dresses adorned with various colors of flowers. The upbeat music of both Palenque and Rascapetate got the crowd warmed up, as did our emcee, Alejandro Bustillos (TC 2011).
From there, we moved on to our most dangerous dance. El Baile de Machetes from the state of Nayarit had the girls in different-colored dresses, and some intense machete-fighting action. What could be more exciting than defending someone’s honor with a machete in each hand? The crowd loved it!
After either a performance by Mariachi de Brown or Sabrosura (depending on the show), it was time for polkas from Chihuahua. Four couples, three dances, and black and white matching outfits ensured that the audience was having the best time possible with accordion music.
We then “traveled” to the state of Veracruz, a land of white outfits with red embellishments. The girls stunned the crowd with the solemnity of La Bruja, and then the rest of the group wowed with La Morena, Tilingo Lingo, and La Bamba.
Finally, came the dances most are familiar with from the state of Jalisco. La Negra and La Madrugada featured the girls. The guys joined them in La Culebra, swatting away the invisible snake terrorizing the girls. La Cucaracha continued with the famous tune and the famous embroidered sombrero, while Jarabe Tapatío finished the show with the dance around the Mexican hat.
The two shows were exhausting, but the full audience was on their feet, clapping along to the music, and cheering for their favorite dancers. They even joined in on the dancing after curtain call. Fun for everyone!
"Founded in 1999, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale continues to grow more than ten years later. This year, our group gained 10 new members bringing our total member count to 21. Also, this semester, Ballet Folklorico was invited to perform for multiple events including Yale Peabody’s Fiesta Latina, the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween show, and Cena Centenaria de la Revolucion, an event held by the Yale Mexican Student Organization and MEChA. The youtube link shows video from Cena Centenaria de la Revolucion which was many of our new members’ first performance! If you want to contact Ballet Folklorico, feel free to email us at Balletfolklorico.firstname.lastname@example.org. Ballet Folklorico is excited for the future and we thank La Casa and the alumni for their continued support!”
—Mollie Dibrell, CC ‘12—