Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre

Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Saturday, September 13 (CultureFest Matinee).

This is their seventh season in the OSF Green Show.

Colorful, exuberant dances, representing the soul of Mexican folk tradition.

Executive Director Victoria Snow Mountain has been with the group since its inception in 1994. She has trained in folkloric dance over the years attending regional Danzantes Unidos and National conferences over the span of 15 years.

Artistic Director Luisa Zaragoza grew up dancing folklorico in Guerrero, Mexico. She immigrated to the USA over 25 years ago and has been with the group since 2000 and has studied ballet folklorico dance in many regional, national and international conferences and workshops. She has recently completed two summers of a three year Instructor's certification course at the National School of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

Instructor Alex Zaragoza has danced with the group since 2000 and has studied ballet folklorico at numerous regional, national and international conferences and workshops. He is also an accomplished martial artist.

Ballet Folklorico on Community: Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre is a group that has its roots in the Latino community of the Rogue Valley with many ties to Family and heritage in Mexico. Because the group was founded in the context of a local high school and the two directors are both teachers, the group has strong ties to local schools and staff. The group's mission is to empower youth through dance and to serve as cultural ambassadors, building bridges across local our culturally diverse community. Thus the group actively seeks to include dancers of a wide variety of backgrounds  and prides itself in performing in events as diverse as the Chinese New Year parade, Mexican Independence Festivals, Jackson County Fair, Pear Blossom Parade, Cinco de Mayo Festivals, Talent Harvest Festival and Gold Dust Days in Gold Hill. By performing in these various venues and contexts, the group hopes to reach out to people of all walks of life and all cultures to create a deeper mutual acceptance and appreciation and to forge new friendships.