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Ballet Folklórico: An Introduction (Mexico)

Folkloric dance, like the English term “folk dance”, means dances of the people. This type of dance reflects the traditions, cultures and beliefs of people in a particular region. Folkloric dance expresses the life and spirit of a people through its movement and music. It is both historical and current, preserving tradition yet shifting with the current times.

This teacher packet includes:

  • background information for Ballet Folklorico
  • History of Mexican dance, including: ritual dance, Conquest and Spanish Influence, Dance and Christianity, the combining of cultures
  • The Evolution of dance and its modern form 
  • Timeline of Mexican History
  • Additional information about Mexico "At a Glance"
  • Links to Lesson Plans and Informational Websites


Lesson Plans

Grade Levels

5–8, 9–12