Make sure you save the date, because this
is our most ambitious Gran Show to date! We will be presenting thirty six dances from the regions of Concheros (Aztec dances), Veracruz Jarocho, Veracruz Danzón, Yucatán, Sonora, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Durango, Hidalgo, Chiapas, Sinaloa Costa, Nayarit and Jalisco. In addition, you will be treated to live musical performances by our guests, Austin High Mariachi under the direction of Ana Maria Solis Herrera.
The theme of this year’s show is “La tierra de la danza” or “The Land of Dance”, but as you will learn if you come to the event, the term “danza” when referring to Mexican ballet folklórico takes on additional meaning. We will explore this along with the geography of Mexico as we travel the country through the dances, music and costumes of ballet folklórico.
The show will be held in the Austin High School Performing Arts Center, located at 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78703. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10, but you may give what you can.
News/Noticias: AH’sBF Brings Home Costume Award and Great Memories
While not one of our best showing trophy-wise, AH’s BF had a very joyful and successful trip to Lubbock for the Viva Aztlan Festival and Competition. We did manage to capture the best costume award in our division, so we did not come home empty-handed.
More importantly, we did not come home empty-hearted. The comradery between the alumni and current dancers was amazing to watch and with only five rehearsals to blend everyone together, we didn’t do a bad job, at all. Our dancers also made new friends across groups. Our director was complemented on more than one occasion about how friendly and how nice her dancers were.
As always, there was much to be learned on our trip. The dance workshops presenting the regions of Yucatan and Zacatecas were very challenging. Additionally, our dancers and alumni got a private tour of Texas Tech University and learned about freshman and transfer admissions.
AH’sBF would like to thank Zenaida Aguero-Reyes and her whole crew for putting on another successful event. Despite having to spread the festivities over three venues, Viva Aztlan came off smoothly and was fun for all. Lubbock 2014….
AH’sBF alumni train to join company in Lubbock
Thursday, March 7th AH’s BF heads off to Lubbock to take workshops, watch performances and compete in the Viva Aztlan Festival on March 8th and 9th. But our current students/company members will not be travelling or dancing alone, because six of our favorite alumni have come back for five very intense rehearsals in preparation for Lubbock!
Since we will be competing in the “adult” category in this festival, it makes perfect sense that we combine forces in the Austin High “Loyal Forever” spirit. It has been wonderful so far watching the dancers work together. The new kids get to benefit from the experience of older dancers and the returning Maroons get to reconnect with their dancing roots and enjoy the changes and improvements that come with the growth of the company and its director.
After a Texas Tech tour and hours of workshops, AH’sBF will present a 24 minute mini-show featuring dances from the states of Sinaloa Costa, Veracruz and Jalisco. We are the defending champs of Division II in technique and overall presentation. Do we want to bring home some prizes this time around? Of course! But we are already winners for building a great show with great dancers, hard work and lots of love…Viva la familia folklorica!!!
AH’sBF Wins BIG at BDMT Competencia 2013
AH’sBF took home ten, yes TEN, trophies from the Bailes de Mi Tierra Competition this weekend. The success of this extremely young team is the result of exceptional dedication and instruction from a group of young leaders headed by Capitan Esteban Armenta and Chief Instructional Officer Alma Flores-Perez and assisted by the “friend of the company” Octavio Aviles, who presented our Sinaloa Costa workshop, “Saturday rehearsal instructional and clean-up specialist” Bonita Rivera (former capitana) and “the guy who pops by just when we have a question” Felipe Hernandez (former capitan).
All our entries were in the High School Category. Awards listed as beginner signify that the members of the entries averaged three or fewer semesters of experience. Our awards were:
1st place solo: Esteban Armenta: dance region–Veracruz Jarocho
1st place duet: Esteban Armenta and Alma Flores-Perez: dance region–Jalisco
3rd place beginner duet: Brenda Vences and Angel Torres-Terrazas: dance region–Hidalgo Hausteco
1st place beginner duet: Lupita Perez-Cano and Angel Torres-Terrazas: dance region–Hidalgo Hausteco
2nd place beginner trio: Lupita Perez-Cano, Brenda Vences and Jennifer Padron: dance region–Jalisco
1st place beginner trio: Mario Quinonez, Angel Torres-Terrazas, Esteban Armenta: dance region–Jalisco
3rd place beginner ensemble: Lupita Perez-Cano, Monica Magallanes, Bianey Chairez, Carina Beltran: dance region–Nuevo Leon
1st place beginner ensemble: Lupita Perez-Cano, Bianey Chairez, Monica Magallanes, Esteban Armenta, Mario Quinonez, Angel Torres-Terrazas: dance region–Sinaloa Costa
3rd place small group: Lupita Perez-Cano, Bianey Chairez, Monica Magallanes, Carina Beltran, Brenda Vences, Jennifer Padron, Esteban Armenta: dance region– Sinaloa Costa
1st place small group: Stephanie Peralta, Brenda Vences, Carina Beltran, Jennifer Padron, Esteban Armenta, Valentin Mendez, Angel Torres-Terrazas, Mario Quinonez: dance region: Jalisco
Administrative lieutenant Esli Molina-Fierro also accompanied the group and was of great assistance with the filming of entries.
The dance company director, Ms. Maura Patricia Masters, is extremely proud of the poise exhibited by her dancers despite the lack of competition experience. They kept their smiles on, energy up and nerves well-hidden. She also would like to congratulate each of them on their active participation in the master workshops. All members of the dance company learned a great deal in those three hours and have already begun sharing the steps and insights into the dances and regions they studied with one another.
AH’sBF would also like to express their sincere thanks to the competition organizers, Jose and Sarah Limon, for hosting a very successful event in a new venue, to the judges and instructors for their attention, care and instruction this weekend and to the other dance companies from across Texas and Oklahoma for their mutual support and appreciation of one another’s work.
Bailes de Mi Tierra Competition: February 22-24th
AH’s BF is headed to Round Rock High School this weekend to compete in the annual Bailes de Mi Tierra Competition. We are taking twelve entries in the solo, duet, trio, ensemble and small group categories and representing the regions of Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Hidalgo Hausteco, Nayarit, and our newest region, Sinaloa Costa.
If you want to come and cheer us on, entry to the event is only $2 for spectators and you will be able to come and go all weekend. Austin High entries are #92-102, so you can look for us. We are scheduled to compete eight times from 4:05pm-9:40pm on Friday, the 22nd. On Saturday, we have two morning entries at 9:18 and 10:06 am and two afternoon entries at 1:20 and 2:12 pm. Be flexible, because the competition will run behind at times and ahead at other times. All times are “approximate”.
Saturday’s competition will continue until about 6pm. The night will be reserved for master workshops, which are not open to the public, but things will get rolling again at 8 am Sunday and continue through until it’s done–sometime before 6 pm. The awards ceremony will start at 8 pm (or hopefully earlier). Austin High will not have competition entries on Sunday, but don’t let that stop you from coming out and enjoying the color and culture of Mexican Ballet Folklorico! Thanks to Sarah and Jose Limon who organize this amazing event every year! We are happy to have a competition close to home!
9th annual Dinner Show
Save this date: November 30th! For the ninth straight year, AH’s BF will be performing a dinner show, where our fans get to partake of a delicious meal while enjoying a full-length ballet folklorico show. This year’s menu will include a full tamale dinner with two sides, beverage and dessert.
The show will open with the ancient Concheros dances of the Aztecs and will also feature dances from Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Campeche and Jalisco. Always bringing you something new, we will debut a dazon in our Veracruz portion.
Tickets are available from any dancer or by contacting our director at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost will be $12 and includes both dinner and the show. Checks should be made out to Austin High School. All tickets much be paid for by the close of the school day on Tuesday, November 27th, so that we can give a complete plate count to our caterer. No tickets will be allowed at the door.
AH’s BF to perform pre-show at the Long Center
Tuesday, October 23rd AH’s BF will be performing a FREE pre-show on the patio of the Long Center in advance of the performance of the world-renowned Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Mexico. The dance company, originally founded by the legendary Amalia Hernandez is credited with first bringing the beauty and richness of Mexican dance to the attention of the world and is still known today as the premier ballet folklorico company representing the cultural heritage of Mexico internationally and at home where it presents twice weekly performances at Mexico City’s famed Bellas Artes Theater.
It is a huge honor to be asked to represent the Austin community at this event. Following our performance, our dancers will be guests of the Long Center at the visiting Mexican company’s show. Our dancers are thrilled by the opportunity to see the most important performers of their craft live!
If you would like to see our pre-show, we will be performing from 6:40 to 7:10pm and will present the regions of Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. If you are interested in seeing the Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Mexico, you can see more information by following this link to the Long Center: http://www.thelongcenter.org/1213/ballet_folklorico.aspx
Ninth annual Viva Mexico! Show on September 14th at 7pm
The first major show of the 2012-13 season hits the stage at 7pm in the Austin High School Performing Arts Center. We will be celebrating Mexico’s Independence with dances from the states of Veracruz, Chiapas, Guerrero and Jalisco. Our officers have been working since mid-summer to plan the show–and since it comes only three weeks into the school year, you will be amazed at what we’ve been able to pull off!
It will actually be our third show of the day, as we will kick the celebrations off at noon at the Texas State Capitol, performing for the fifth straight year as guests of Senator Kirk Watson. Later that day, we will perform for Austin High students in a late afternoon pre-show to share our art and gear up for seven o’clock when we formally open our doors to all our friends and fans!
As always, this event will mark the debut of all our new dancers– and do we have a lot of new faces this year! It s so exciting for us to see so many new members of our company, because it means hope for a bright future. But to put so many new feet on the floor, you need a dedicated core group of experienced dancers–and have these kids stepped up to the challenge. Come enjoy the night! Celebrate Mexico’s Independence! Celebrate dance! Celebrate young energy and real teamwork! Viva Mexico! Viva Austin High’s Ballet Folklorico!
Admission is $3 at the door.
AH’sBF Dancers and Alumni to Perform with Roy Lozano’s BF at Zilker, August 25th
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Tejas, Austin’s premiere professional company will be holding its annual “Noche de folklor” at the Zilker Park Hillside Theater on Saturday, August 25th with the children’s company pre-show at 7:30 pm and the main event at 8:00pm. The event is free to the public and is great entertainment for the entire family. Pack a picnic, bring your blanket and come out for a night of wonderful dancing.
A growing number of Austin High’s BF alumni are performing with the group, as are two of our current dance company members. Our chief instructional officer, Alma Flores-Perez, a sophomore at Austin High, is already seasoned veteran. She will be joined on stage by the 2012-13 capitan, junior Esteban Armenta, who will be debuting with Roy Lozano’s.
Looking for a way to celebrate back to school? How about with some wonderful dancing!
IF YOU MISSED US ON KLRU…HERE IS THE LINK!!!!!!
AH’sBF to be featured on KLRU segment Friday, June 29th
Okay, Austin area fans and family. Stay home or set the DVR on Friday night, because our little segment is going to appear on KLRU following the national documentary “Mariachi High” which will air at 9pm. Our little bit should air a few minutes before 10 pm, but I recommend you see “Mariachi High”, as well, because it is supposed to be a great documentary and will feature kids who are dedicated to their art and to excellence, so there are sure to be some lessons for us all.
Our segment will include footage from our annual Gran Show de Primavera: “Toda la vida” and interviews with two of our recently graduated seniors, Felipe Hernandez and Monica Vijarro. Both of them are amazing, of course! ESO!!!!
AH’s BF Dancers to Appear with Roy Lozano’s BF de Tejas in FIESTA! on June 2nd
Four current AH’s BF dancers and several alumni will be appearing on Saturday, June 2nd at 8pm on the stage at the Paramount Theater on Congress Avenue with Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Tejas in their annual show, Fiesta. Tickets are on sale now at the Paramount’s box office, which you can reach at the following link: https://tickets.austintheatre.org/public/auto_choose_ba.asp?area=186
New dances will be debuted from the Mexican States of Guanajuato and Guerrero. It will be a great show. So if you liked our Gran Show de Primavera and want some more ballet folklorico, get your tickets fast!
KLRU to film el Gran Show!!!
We just got word that KLRU, our local PBS station will be filming at our Gran Show de Primavera on Friday, May 11th. Clips from the show will be packaged with interview clips of some of our dancers to play after the documentary Mariachi High. Very exciting…stay tuned for when you can catch it on TV!
On a roll! AH’sBF rocks Lubbock!!!!
Over spring break, Austin High’s Ballet Folklorico took a road trip–all the way to Lubbock, TX and the annual Festival Viva Aztlan. Once again our dancers participated in professional level workshops and were exposed to new regions through the performances of the other dance companies which came from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
In addition to all the learning, we also competed in a completely new format and brought two impressive trophies back to Austin! Rather than present individual entries, each dance company presented a 20-25 minute mini-show. We competed against “adult” companies, which encompassed any companies with dancers fifteen years old or older. Based on our size and experience we were placed in the intermediate division and took home the two most prestigious trophies in that division: Best Technique and Style and Best Overall!!!! Awards were also given to the best male and best female dancer in each dance company. Felipe Hernandez and Alma Flores-Perez took those honors respectively.
AH’s Ballet Folklorico–Best Competition showing EVER!
Wow!!!!! What a weekend! We are back from the Bailes de Mi Tierra Ballet Folklorico Competition in Bastrop, TX, where we competed, took workshops and watched many wonderful performances by dance companies from across Texas and Oklahoma. Our dancers represented their dance company, their school and themselves with graciousness, kindness, and a fair dose of talent. We have been working in earnest since returning from Christmas break, and the fruit of our labors and love of Mexican dance have paid off.
Despite being a small dance company we managed to capture seven trophies—more than we could have ever dreamed of, really. Our goal is always to work hard in something we love, so we can leave our best performance on the stage and feel happy with our performances, while we learn as much as we can. Winning is not our aim, but it does feel good. We brought home a 3rd in duets with an entry from Hidalgo, a 2nd in duets with a Coahuila entry, a tie for 3rd in trios with Veracruz and Jalisco entries, a 1st in ensemble with a Jalisco entry and 1st and 2nd in small group with entries from Nuevo Leon and Hidalgo respectively.
AH’s BF was represented by Felipe Hernandez, Mauricio Chairez, Jessica Correa, Christian Franco, Ivan Trejo, Allison Reyes, Esteban Armenta, Alma Flores-Perez, Maria “Lupita” Perez-Cano and Brenda Vences. Their director, Maura Masters and their choreographer, Rebecca Rowland, are very, very proud!
AH’s Ballet Folklorico members and alumni in Lively Arts
Several of our alumni and three current AH’sBF dancers are performing on January 31st at the Paramount Theater on Congress in the annual program called “Lively Arts”. The show is presented by Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas, Austin’s own professional company. The program is geared to elementary school students and many classes from across AISD will get the chance to see live folkloric dance in the majestic setting of the historic Paramount. Hopefully, some future Austin High Maroons will be inspired to join our company one day.
Our current dancers performing with the company are: Capitan Felipe Hernandez, Administrative lieutenant Christian Franco, and a very talented freshman…Alma Flores-Perez. We are very proud of them! ESO!!!!
Muchas gracias to the PTSA and the S.F.A. Society for their grants!
AH’sBF would like to send out a special thank you to Austin High’s PTSA and to the S.F.A. Society for generous grants. The PTSA awarded us money to pay for another season of competition entry fees. Competitions are so important, because it allows our dancers to see so many different regions and levels of dance that they would otherwise not experience. Additionally, the students participate in workshops with professional master dance teachers. What we learn at competition, we bring back to our dance company, allowing us to grow as an entire group. We will take care of our travel expenses and costuming.
The S.F.A. Society, a group or generous alumni, granted us money to replace our portable dance floor. Our current floor is on its last legs—and it is important, because it saves our dancers’ legs—specifically their knees. Without it we would be dancing directly on the hard tile over cement floor of the cafeteria. We thank them and our knees thank them!
AH’sBF thanks its sponsors and advertisers!
AH’sBF would like to thank all the sponsors and advertisers who have chosen to support us this season! We were able to order the Hidalgo Hausteca costumes, which our director will pick up in Mexico City over Thanksgiving Break and order the feathers needed to round out our Aztec headdresses for Concheros.
Please support the businesses that support AH’sBF! Let them know you heard of them through us. And a super GRACIAS! to our individual supporters.
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