About Us

Ballet Folklorico de Chicago was founded by Ofelia Guerra, Executive Director, in October 2018.

Other board members include:

  • Andres Ochoa, Director
  • Maria Guerra, Director

We are responsible college professionals. Our goal is not just to provide a premier Mexican Ballet Folklorico school on Chicago’s Northside, but we also aim to make it an all-inclusive organization for future generations. We offer classes to kids ages 3 and up as well as to all age ranges of adults. We strive to teach and retain all parts of our culture including our valuable dance, language and traditions.

We also volunteer and give back to our community and have long-term philanthropic aspirations to provide our organization with scholarships for higher education. We care about the community we serve and take this responsibility seriously. We are comitted to getting more people involved in the arts.

Our Instructors

Maestras: Mila Diaz y Miriam Janet Gomez

Mila Diaz

Mila Diaz is in her twenties and is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. She started dancing Danza Folklorico as early as the age of 5. She loves her culture and continues to relive her traditions, dance and language. She also loves to visit the coastal state of Veracruz and often incorporates her training into her coreography.

She currently teaches “La Escuelita” and “La Prepa” kids classes. She is very friendly and loves to work with kids.

Mila Diaz tiene mas de viente anos y es graduade de Columbia College en Chicago. Ella empezo a bailar Danza Folklorica a la edad de 5 anos. Ella ama a su cultura y sigue manteniendo sus tradiciones, bailes y lenguage. Ella tambien ama a visitar la costa del estado de Veracruz.

Ella es maestra de las classes de “La Escuelita” y “La Prepa” de ninos de Ballet Folklorico de Chicago. Ella es muy simpatica y le encanta trabajar con nos ninos.


Miriam Janet Gomez

Miriam is orginally from Guadalajara Jalisco. She studied at the University of Guadalajara and has danced since the age of 6 specializing in Mexican Ballet Folklorico, Modern Jazz and Hip Hop. She worked in Mexico for the cultural house of Guadalajara, DIF Guadallajara and some SEP and private schools. She is currently the instructor for the “La Academia” class at Ballet Folklorico de Chicago teaching all our adults as well as a couple of kids classes. She is also a highly rated independent choreographer of Quinceaneras.

Miriam es originaria de Guadalajara Jalisco. Estudio en la Universidad de Guadalajara y ha estado bailando desde los 6 años de edad.  Las categorías de Baile Folclórico Mexicano, Jazz Moderno, Baile de Salon y Hip Hop. Trabajo en México para la casa de la cultura Guadalajara, DIF Guadalajara, y algunas escuelas de la SEP. Y escuelas privadas. Actualmente maestra de “La Academia”  en ballet Folklórico de Chicago, da clases en  Christine Belpedios School of Dance y coreografa de Quinceañeras independiente.



Cecilio Garcia

Cecilio Garcia is both a dancer and instructor at Ballet Folklorico de Chicago. He has been dancing since the age of 7 and has accumulated 15 years of dancing experience. He loves his Mexican roots and hopes that as an instructor he can influence his students to love and appreciate Mexican culture as much as he does. He has taken various classes with instructors from different regions of Mexico and is billingual. Maestro Garcia loves seeing all his students grow as dancers and develop their self-esteem as well.


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Enrich cultural heritage and preserve traditions

Ballet Folklorico de Chicago is a non-profit Mexican folkloric dance organization. The organization provides cultural and dance instruction on the north side of Chicago. Our folklorico family engages with each other in rehearsals and community & event participation. Our goal is to enrich cultural heritage and preserve traditions for future generations; elevate reputation, and improve our community’s involvement in the arts.


Class Schedules

In addition to our classes below, we offer folklorico choreography packages for Quinceaneras!

Please note: our classes are once per week and our schedule is on a quarterly basis beginning with new registrations in January, March, June, September. Please send us an email to inquire about class avilability. (balletfolkloricodechicago@hotmail.com)


La Academia 1:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Class tailored for adults who are beginners to folklorico

La Academia 2:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Class tailored for intermediate folklorico dancers


La Escuelita:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Class tailored for intermediate children 4 to 6 years old

La Prepa:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Class tailored for intermediate children 7 to 9 years of age

La Academia:

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Class tailored for Level 2 Adults

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Class tailored for Level 1 Adults

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Class tailored for Level 2 Teens


6:00 – 7:00 pm – Class tailored for kids ages 4 to 7

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Class tailored for kids ages 4 to 7


5:30 – 6:30 pm – Class tailored for kids ages 6 to 9

6:30 – 7:30 pm – Class tailored for kids ages 10 to 12


6 p.m. – 7 p.m. –  Folklorico Kids 7-12

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