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Ballet Folklorico de Topeka

Ballet Folklorico de Topeka

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Red Cloud Opera House
413 N Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

Special announcement!

Red Cloud's very own wine bar and bistroOn the Brix, has arranged for the Mexcellent Grill food truck from Grand Island to set up from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10! Celebrate Mexican culture—and anticipate Mexican Independence Day on September 16—and grab something to eat or drink between the afternoon dance workshop and evening performance!

Ballet Folklorico de Topeka appears for the first time at the Red Cloud Opera House to share Mexican culture and tradition through the art of dance. 

3:00 p.m. - Free Event

We want you to show us your moves! Join us in the Red Cloud Opera House to discover the origins of Mexican folkloric dance, learn the dances step by step, and perform them on the stage yourself!  The program will last about thirty to forty minutes. This event is free and open to the public and does not require the purchase of tickets.

7:00 p.m. - Ticketed Performance

In their production, Bailes Regionales, the ensemble will perform multiple dances from regions all across Mexico. Experience the enchanting twirling skirts of the Jarabe Tapatio, percussive footwork of El Tilingo Lingo, and impressive machete wielding of the Jarabe Nayarita!

Mexico is composed of thirty-one states, and Ballet Folklorico works to preserve the unique identities of each state through dance. All thirty-one states have various dances with distinct forms influenced by years of Spanish and French rule and exploitation. European and African influences can also be noted in the instrumentation, musical style, dance steps, and costumes, which vary from state to state and between regions within a state. The local indigenous people also preserved their traditions by mixing their dance styles with these various influences.

Adult tickets for the Bailes Regionales performance are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Student tickets are $10. 

About Ballet Folklorico de Topeka

Ballet Folklorico de Topeka is a program of Justicia, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1972 with the mission to preserve, educate, and promote Mexican/Latino culture through various media and art forms. Ballet Folklorico is also a member of the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos, which was formed for the purpose of initiating, developing, and promoting artistic endeavors toward the preservation of Mexican culture, traditions, and organizations. The members of Ballet Folklorico dance to preserve their roots so that “never shall it be lost, never shall it be forgotten, the children of the Aztecs.”

Get a taste of Ballet Folklorico’s work in this video, as dancer Tina Williams discusses a few of the costumes worn for different dances. (Video courtesy Topeka & Shawnee County Library)

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Programming at the National Willa Cather's Red Cloud Opera House is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.