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About Ballet Folklórico Huehuecoyotl

The great pillars of our foundation:
Jerry Campagna-Our mentor

For his wisdom and friendship and LONG hours of training teaching us how to operate our organization… Maestro Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda “ZAMAS”

For his invaluable guidance, friendship and support...the examples you have set in both the folkloric world and your personal life are priceless...
Kirk Lawler - Photographer

For the amazing images you have captured of not only our art form, but the heart and soul behind each movement. We are forever grateful.

BFH History…

The Ballet started as one of numerous activities the youth group did to keep active. As the group learned about Mexican folkloric dance, they felt the need to continue learning of Mexico's rich heritage and share their knowledge and experience year-round with a broader audience. With this, the Ballet Folklórico Huehuecoyotl was established in 1996 as a non-profit organization under the direction of founder, Julian Hernandez. In 2000, the children's group was created so that the knowledge gained could be shared and passed onto the younger generations giving them the opportunity to learn about their heritage while engaging in a healthy activity.

Since then the Ballet has constantly moved forward reaching new levels of excellence.

In 2014 with the focus on growing even more, and making sure that the founder's vision and legacy were passed, a total restructuration took place. The mission statement was changed and the name as well, from "Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl " to "BFH.org" The tag line "Many Steps One Dance" became "Dance…Express…Inspire!

BFH Artistic Planification…

By el Maestro Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda (from the University of Colima Mx.)

The most usual formats of choreographic are:
A. The formats that derived from the Purist.
B. The conservatives.
C. The re-creative-With traditional support.
D. The elaborate o creative-With to begin with traditional points

BFH.org, since July 2002 its main objective of dance and choreographic shall be:

Conservative; These are choreographic assemblies that follow exhaustive investigation. Their stage presentation is derived from the most representative forms in the musical choreographic aspect, in their customs and surroundings. However, in this case, the choreographer is free to reduce choreographic and musical phrases and to unify style as far as the dancers and the customs go.

WITHOUT LOSING the AUTHENTICITY of its essence.

Recreational

They are those choreographic assemblies in which, after of to have made an exhausted investigation arrives to be mounted in stage selecting the most representative as far as the choreographic, musical form and customs, with the purpose of unifying a style in which it predominates the original and single manifestation and only could to add some personal aspects of the choreographer, to obtain one conjugation of reality with creativity in a required atmosphere and scientifically planned.

The Music

The music selected for the integration of a repertoire could be selected of varied forms, from the aborigine to the academic, going through variations and arrangements, but nevertheless.
It could be classified in the following:

1. Aborigine
2. Folkloric
3. Traditional
4. Popular
5. Academic

The Music that the BFH.org, interprets are as follows:

The Folkloric

Is born from the pueblo and for the pueblo, is anonymous and only it has mixed elements from other cultures unconsciously, not premeditated. Is interpreted for musicians with good musical instrumentation and the language of the songs vary from their own dialects, in Spanish on it's totally or just fragments.

The Traditional

Is the one that is transmitted from fathers to sons on its musical form like the letter of the songs, in this case the author is known and re-known and the composition of origin has knowledge basic of music, the parts the composed the songs have been conscience study and well-fixed with a determinate regional tendency, and the knowledge of the melodic variants has been intentionally.

The Popular

The first plan for this music is commercial, the commercially studies,
In this gender, as in the others, one can find good, quality pieces. The element of publicity can have the effect of making a musical genre succeed or fail. Copyrights bfh2015.

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