Ballet Folklorico de Chicago was founded by Ofelia Guerra, Executive Director.
Other board members include:
- Andres Ochoa, Director
- Maria Guerra, Director
The organization was founded in 2018 by these three Latino college-educated professionals raised in the north side of Chicago. The three had a desire to enroll their children in cultural/artistic programs; however, despite the large and growing population of Mexicans living on the north side of Chicago, there were no such programs. Too busy to travel and convinced that there were other parents searching for the same cultural experiences for their children, they decided to start their own. Tapping into their network of friends, they began to offer low-cost Mexican folkloric dance lessons for children and adults out of a park district auditorium. The response was so overwhelming that the school quickly outgrew the park district auditorium. In fact, BFC is now the largest folkloric organization that offers Mexican ballet folklorico in Illinois and the entire Midwest with approximately 215 students currently enrolled. In studio and approximately 100 in CPS after-school programs.
We are responsible college professionals. Our goal is to provide a premier Mexican Ballet Folklorico school and also take pride in making it an all-inclusive organization for future generations. We offer classes to kids ages 4 and up as well as to all age ranges of adults. Our students come from all over the city and suburbs and we even have a student that drives in from Michigan on the weekends!
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. We invest in our community by providing college scholarships to high school seniors to continue pursuing their academic and artistic dreams . We care about the community we serve and take this responsibility seriously. We are committed to getting more people involved in the arts and expanding the folklorico universe.