Ballet Folklórico Tapatío
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization established in 1997 under the direction of master dance instructor Sergio Valle and the leadership of owner and founder Eduardo Baca Sr., and with the help and support of Lupe Klein Aviles. Today the ballet is under the artistic direction of the young and talented Jose Luis Baca. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is based in South Tucson and draws its membership from the local Tucson community. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío has over 150 members participating in six different levels: Pequeños Bailarines, Principiantes, Infantil, Juvenil, Grupo Adultos and Grupo Oficial. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío has performed throughout the United States and Mexico and is recognized as one of the finest folklórico programs in the nation.
Our mission is to provide a healthy, safe andinspirational environment in which children and young adults are given theopportunity to learn about Mexican culture and history through traditional regional dances. BalletFolklórico Tapatío provides an avenue in which students can develop pride, selfconfidence, and self-esteem, whileencouraging them to work within the community for positive change. Thediscipline we demand within our group is the discipline that prepares our youthfor their educational pursuits as well as the workforce. Our goal of a healthy,productive community is achieved through the arts.
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío have been featuredperformers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; Idaho State University inPocatello, Idaho; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; and theAnnual International Mariachi and Ballet Folklórico Festival in RosaritoBeach, Baja California. In this past year the group has performed in Las Vegas ,Nevada, Ensenada, Baja California, MX, and Glendale, AZ. The group isalways working to broaden the diversity of their dance, and proudly represents Tucson where ever they perform.
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is proud to be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year.
Jose Luis Baca was part of the first generation of Ballet Folklorico Tapatio formed in 1997 and is still a part of the master dance level. In 2007 he was appointed as the new director of Award winningBallet Folklorico Tapatio by Maestro Sergio Valle Vasquez and he takes pride ashis successor. Jose Luis acts as a mentor to many of the Tapatio dancers tohelp them feel welcome and part of the Tapatio Family. He dedicates much of his heart and time into Ballet Folklorico Tapatio and has been the coordinator ofmany performances and shows Tapatio has hosted. He has led the group to two 1st place titles in competitions against groups from the U.S. as well as Mexico. Recently he has had the privilege to be the folklorico director and main instructorat the Rosarito Folklorico Festival in Rosarito, Baja California Mexico for thepast 4 years. Jose Luis has also been the director of Folklorico programs at Sunnyside High School in south Tucson now for 6 years. Since his time there he has implemented Folklorico as part of the curriculum at Sunnyside High School where students can receive a Fine arts or P.E. Credit for graduation requirements. He has also been the director for the Annual Noche de las Estrellas Mariachi and Folklorico Festival for the past four years at SunnysideHigh School. The Noche de las Estrellas at Sunnyside is a program that focuseson raising funds for scholarships tosend students to continue their education at a College or University of their choice. Jose Luis has also has had the opportunity to teach folklorico workshops at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference for the past 6 years as well working with the top Folkloricoinstructor Rafael Zamarippa form the University of Colima. Other conferenceswhere Jose Luis has had the opportunity to teach are the Las Vegas ClarkeCounty School District Mariachi and Folklorico Festival where he took on therole of main instructor, choreographer and director of folklorico. Today asDirector of Ballet Folklorico Tapatio Jose Luis continues to grow as a teacherand mentor and continues to expand Ballet Folklorico Tapatios repertoire bycollaborating with some of the top instructors from Mexico. He is alwayslooking for new regions of Mexico and dances and hopes to continue to grow the repertoireof Ballet Folklorico Tapatios dances so that the students can continuinggaining the appreciation of the Mexican culture and traditions through danceand focus on being positive role models for the Community of Tucson. In 2014 he will be implementing the Ballet Folklorico Tapatio Star Scholarship to one of the members of Ballet Folklorico Tapatio to continue with their higher education. He is an instructor that makes a lastingimpression on every single dancer that he has had the opportunity to teach, and he also gains more from his students every single day.
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío would like to give an eternal thank you to the following people for their continuous support and dedication to our dance group:
Maestro y Maestra Sergio and Irma Valle
Maestro Rafael Zamarripa
Maestro Juan Carlos Gaytan Rodriguez
Maestro Jamie Guerrero-Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Mario Celis
Consulado de Mexico en Tucson
Tucson International Mariachi Conference
Juan Noperi and Mariachi Cielo de México
Andrea Gallegos and Mariachi Sonido de Mexico
Our fans John and Nancy Oliphant
Arizona Daily Star
Alma Gallardo and Arizona Bilingual Magazine
Gilberto Leon and Sonia Tobanico - La Poderosa 105.3 FM
Tucson Federal Credit Union
Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater
To all our past and previous generous sponsors
Former members of Familia Tapatía
To all the parents and families of Tapatío
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization