Ballet Folklorico Tapatio - El Orgullo De Tucson
About Us
Ballet Folklórico Tapatío
 Ballet Folklórico Tapatío was established in 1997 under the choreography of master dance instructor Sergio Valle and the direction of owner and founder Eduardo Baca Sr. along with the help and support of Lupe Klein Aviles. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is based is South Tucson and draws its membership from the local Tucson community. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío has over 135 members participating in four different levels of the traditional dance form: Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Masters. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío has performed throughout the United States and Mexico and is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the finest folklorico programs in the nation. Our mission of the group is to provide a healthy and educational environment in which children and young adults are given the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and history through traditional regional dances. Ballet Folklórico Tapatío provides an avenue in which students can gain a sense of pride, self confidence, and self-esteem, while encouraging them to work within the community for positive changes. The discipline we demand within our group is the discipline that prepares our youth for their educational pursuits as well as the workforce. Our goal of a healthy, productive community is achieved through the arts.
Folklórico Tapatío has been featured performers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; and throughout the state of Arizona. In 2004, Ballet Folklórico Tapatío represented the state of Arizona at the Southwestern International United Folklorico Invitational (SIFUI) and took third place. In 2005 the group proudly represented the state of Arizona at the Second Annual International Mexican Folkloric Dance Competition of the Northeastern Region and took second place! In 2006 the Folklórico Tapatío was again invited to compete at the Third Annual International Mexican Folkloric Dance Competition of the Northeastern Region in New York and received second place. Tapatío has also represented Tucson in the Chandler Mariachi Festival in Chandler, AZ as well as the Mariachi Festival in Clark County Las Vegas, NV. Recently Tapatío has been working to expand their level of experience in Mexican folk dance. In October 2010 the group earning its very first 1st place title against groups fron the United States and Mexico at the First Annual Internation Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico Festival in Rosarito Beach, Baja California. The group is proud to have won this title and proud to be led by Jose Luis Baca.  Ballet Folklórico Tapatío is pleased to be celebrating their new decade, “Celebrando La Nueva Década.”
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:
Familia Baca
Maestro y Maestra Sergio and Irma Valle
Maestro Rafael Zamarripa
Maestro Jamie Guerrero-Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Mario Celis
Daniel Buckley
Rosalba Gonzalez
Consulado de Mexico en Tucson
Tucson International Mariachi Conference
Nati Cano
Juan Noperi and Mariachi Cielo de México
Our fans from Sedona, AZ John and Nancy Oliphant
 Arizona Daily Star
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
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