Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Ballet Folklórico
Through the BYNC Ballet Folklorico, children and young adults learn and perform traditional folk dances from across the entire country of Mexico and from all periods of Mexican History: Pre-Hispanic, Hispanic, and Mestizo. In addition to the steps and choreography, the children learn the history and meaning of each dance.
The Ballet Folklorico is led by Jorge Emilio Corona with the assistance of Teresa Luna. Classes are formal, although they are held in the BYNC’s crowded lobby after office hours. The classes are rigorous, as the children dance constantly, learning new steps and dances and practicing those they already know.
The performing troupes are outstanding and have a very busy schedule, with approximately 150 performances a year. They have performed at the Taste of Chicago, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Six Flags Gurnee, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and at numerous churches, schools, and community events throughout Chicagoland. The children are eager to perform anywhere, but are particularly pleased to showcase their heritage in non-Latino settings. The performing troupes have also won several national championships, 4 times (in 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2008) at the Viva Aztlan Dance Competition in Lubbock, Texas; and another in 2005 at the National Championship of Challenge USA in Los Angeles and for the last two years in a row have won awards in every category they competed in including the Best of the Best at the annual ACADEZ competition in San Antonio.