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At BFA our goal is to learn most of the most popular regions and we continuously add new songs to enrich our program.

We have performed at such distinguished events as the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Chicano Studies Department at CSUN and Universal Citywalk’s “Latin Jam.” Some performances to date have been held in local elementary, middle, and high schools, community colleges, churches, and retirement homes.

The group travels to wherever events will take place. The group has performed as far south as San Diego and as far north as San Luis Obispo.

We would like to invite you to click on each of the regions that we present here and enjoy our photo gallery. We have also prepared this video for you.  If you are interested in us performing at your event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

The variety of the Mexican Folkloric Dance

Mexico has a comprehensive number of regions with different sounds of music, dancing styles and attire. Many of its 31 states, even have variations of Mexican folkloric dance.

Perhaps you have already heard about traditional Jalisco, which is one of the most popular regions. This state is the land of "El Mariachi" and the land of the classic "Jarabe Tapatio", "El Son de la Negra", "El Angel", and many other "sones" and "jarabes" that are representative of the Mexican folkloric dance. However, you will probably be surprised when you learn that the region of Jalisco is just a small - yet very important - portion of the whole complex of Mexican dance regions.

The origins of folkloric - also called "regional" - dance in Mexico come from the merging of two different cultures: the Spanish and the pre-Colombian cultures. When the Spanish arrived in the American continent, they found many well established and enriched cultures in the territory that belonged to Mexico. Such cultures were those of the Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs, Zapotecs, Purepechas, and many other ancient civilizations. Each of those groups had already created their own music, customs, and traditions that were a combination of the human adaptation to the local climate, resources and own character of those people.

            

The Spanish people that came to Mexico, arrived with their respective music and traditions. They brought the European fashions that predominated many European areas. The natural human need to adapt to the change, originated the Mexican folkloric dance. For instance, the elegance of the Spanish long dresses, combined with the bright colors and the character of the original Mexicans, gave birth to the colorful dresses like the ones used in the dances of Jalisco. On the other hand, the "polka" rhythms from the east of Europe influenced the cultures in the north of Mexico like Chihuahua and Nuevo León.

History can tell us how each of these regions got its own "touch" in regards to its music and regional attire. Climate, character and different external cultural influences are the key factors for this great variety of styles. We would like to invite you to take a closer look at each our sections by clicking on the map above and enjoying our photo gallery. If you would like us to perform for your event, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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