Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca

Mexico

Founder and Director

 EDGAR GALVAN

With this dance group, he learned the basics of folkloric dance, while taking classes with Armando Tenorio originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and also with Jose Cruz Ortiz, dancer from the school of the Ballet folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. In January of 2003 at the age of 18, Mr. Galvan become choreographer of the Mexico Lindo dance group and in 2006 took the position of dance teacher. In the same year of 2006, Edgar had the honor to meet Rafael Zamarripa Castaneda, the director from Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima, Mexico who was an inspiration to Edgar to continue expanding the Mexican folklore. In 2003 Edgar joined Ballet Folklorico Mexico de los Hermanos Avila located in Madison Wisconsin. At the ballet he had the opportunity to learn aztec dances. In 2008 Mr. Galvan hd the pleasure to travel with this ballet to different states in the United States performing in Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. During his time with Hermanos Avila, he met the director of Mexican Dance Ensemble from Chicago Illinois, Samuel Cortez. Mr. Galvan took some dance classes with Samuel learning dances from different regions of Mexico. He had the privilege to meet a very important dance teacher, choreographer and costume designer: Armando Contreras who taught Edgar the love for Mexico throughout the dance, the arts and specially the making of the beautiful Mexican costumes.

In October of 2008 with the support and enthusiasm from Armando Contreras, Edgar has the idea to create: Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca in Armando's honor. On January 26, 2009, Mexico Aztecahas its first dance rehearsal followed by their first live performance on May 16, 2009. Mexico Azteca has been showing the beauty of Mexico through dance at many different cultural events.

Edgar Galvan is dedicated in body and soul to his ballet. Edgar always gives the best of him and tries to teach to his dancers what his teacher Armando has thought him: "The love and importance of Mexican art, but overall, the love to dance and Mexican Culture."

Mentor

ARMANDO CONTRERAS

At my 23 years old, in 1985, I was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, and in 1989 I moved to the City of Madison WI, where I also taught, designed and choreographed for the Ballet folklorico Mexico de los Hermanos Avila. In October 2009, I started a project with a group of dancers in the State of Minnesota, which on my honor they created a Ballet named: Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, where I currently support in custom design and choreograph too. Since 2000, I start using a motorized wheelchair and I have limited mobility, that's why I need assistance in my daily routine, but that, does not stop the love and passion that I have to folklore, art and history of my country.

On December 5th of 2009 several friends and I established the Ballet Folklorico Esplendor de Mexico, direct it by Mr. Ramon Avila, and where I still using my talent as a teacher, choreographer and custom designer. Hopefully we continue representing proudly and with respect the majestic of the Mexican folklore.