Dancers & Gallery 

   Present and former dancers should submit old, new photos and a short bio and they will be included.

                                                                 mexfolroa@ameritech.net    

                                              Please inform me of errors and I will correct them.

 

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                 The 1982 Founders

Principal dancers with Alma de Mexico Dance Company of Jose Luis Ovalle.

 

February 17, 1982, founding principal dancers when Alma de Mexico of Jose Luis Ovalle and Nuevo Ideal of Ofelia Solano merged to form The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (MFDC). www.mexfoldanco.org

 

Jose Luis Ovalle        Ofelia Solano     Serafin Vargas Guevara

 

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           Juanita and Henry A. Roa  

     1979  We began to assist Nuevo Ideal Dance Company of Ofelia Solano when our daughter Nicole joined the troupe.

 

February 17, 1982  We were founding members when Nuevo Ideal Dance Company of Ofelia Solano and Alma de Mexico Dance Company of Jose Luis Ovalle merged to form the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (MFDC).

 

1992 The medallions above were given to founding dancers and founding personnel who completed ten years with the company. I had forgotten that one was issued to us; they were discovered among stored items long forgotten.

 

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                                             February 17, 1982  Founding Dancers

                                                                    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

I only remeber these :

                                                                     

Jose Luis Ovalle, Ofelia Solano, Serafin Vargas Guevara, Jose M. Vega, Matiana Medrano, Nicole M. Roa, Lourdes Ramirez, Carmela Baeza, Eric Baeza, Rosie de la Torre, David Moreno, Diana Valenzuela, Hector Casas, Patricia Casas.    I have other names in old programs but not that far back to verify whether those other names were there on February 17, 1982. Some of the above names may not have been there on February 17, 1982. I will finish this section when I receive confirming information.

 

                                         I NEED PICTURES FROM 1982 or circa then.

                                   One picture should be a head shot like the ones below.

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Original 1st Company Founding Dancers

     Jose Luis Ovalle              Ofelia Solano            Serafin Vargas Guevara     Jose M. Vega               Matiana Medrano

 

 

Original 2nd Company Founding Dancers

    Nicole Marie Roa         Diana M. Valenzuela               Eric Baeza                   Rosie de la Torre              David Moreno

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This is the 1992 tenth anniversary 8 x 11 AD book cover that was designed by Jorge Gonzalez Camarena for Mexican school textbooks, circa 1965 to 1971. It represents Mexico advancing through the impulse of its history with a double incentive given by its people and its culture.

 

The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago adopts the cover to illustrate the same concept of education in its efforts to disseminate the Mexican traditions through music and dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the PDF of AD Book to view some pages in the book.

 

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AD Book Pages428.pdf
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        Founding dancers that received 10 year Founders Award in 1992

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            Dancers that received Special Achievement Award in 1992

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                 Dancers that received Intermediate Level Award in 1992

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        Dancers that received New Performers / Dancers Award in 1992

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This is the 1997 15th Anniversary 8 x 11 AD book cover.

 

 

 

 

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15TH AD BOOK430.pdf
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                                               1997 15th Anniversary First Company Dancers

1997 SPECIAL RECOGNITION

The following three dancers have been in the company for fifteen years.

 

 

PATRICIA MARLENE CASAS

 

Patty was born in Tijuana, Mexico.

Graduated from Edwards Elementary and Curie High School in Chicago.

Began dancing in 1980.

Presently, 1997,  enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University.

Employed as Program Director at The Latino Organization of the Southwest.

She took a Mexican dance workshop in Jalapa Veracruz in the summer of 1992.

She is also taking dance classes with Mr. LeopoldoGarcia.

 

 

LOURDES del CONSUELO RAMIREZ VILLANUEVA

 

Lourdes was born in Mexico City.

Graduated from Cooper Upper and Benito Juarez High School and Hines VIII Veteran's Hospital.

She currently, 1992, working at Mount Sinai Hospital as a radiation Therapist.

Began dancinf in 1980 and is a founding dance member of the company.

She is also taking dance classes with Leopoldo Garcia.

 

 

 

 

DAVID MORENO

 

David was born in Chicago.

Graduated from Jason Elementary, Farragut High School and Computer Learning Center.

He is currently, 1992, employed by Laramore, Douglas and Popham Consulting Engineers in the documentControl department.

Began dancing, at age seven, in 1981, and is a founding dance member of the company.

                     

 

    1997 15th Anniversary Second Company Dancers

        Top Row L to R   Israel Gallardo, Jose G. Zapata, Juan I. Lopez, Noe Arroyo, David Fuentes

        Bot Row L to R   Elyse Montejano, Sylvia Palacios, Perla Lopez, Cynthia Montejano, Alicia Palacios, Barbara Guerrero

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997 15th Anniversary Third Company Dancers    Below :

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This is the 2002 20th Anniversary 8 x 11 AD book cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 TH AD BOOK432.pdf
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                                      2002    20th Anniversary       First Company Dancers  

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                                                         2002  20th Anniversary Second Company Dancers

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This is the 2007 25th Anniversary 5 1/2 x 8 1/2  AD book cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                       2007    25th Anniversary       Company One Dancers 

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                                          2007    25th Anniversary       Company Two Dancers

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   There was no 30th Anniversary AD Book   

There was a small performance program but I cannot locate it

If anyone has it please e mail it (all pages) and I will include it here.

mexfolroa@ameritech.net

 

 

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Nicole M. Roa                Principal Dancer

 

Danced for 17 years

 

She was 7 years old when in 1979 she joined Nuevo Ideal children's group of Ofelia Solano.

 

February 17,1982 A founding dancer when Nuevo Ideal of Ofelia Solano and Alma de Mexico of Jose Luis Ovalle merged to form the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago.

 

 

             Nicole's first costume with Nuevo Ideal               Nicole visits with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico dancers

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                                                          Ofelia Solano-Guevara, Serafin Guevara

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This is the first company stationary

designed by Serafin Vargas Guevara

circa1983.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first generic poster circa 1980's

 

Jose M. Vega, a founding dancer, solicited it from his employer

Independent Provision.

 

 

Performance information is added at top and bottom of the poster as required.

 

 

Dancers are Matiana Medrano and Jose M. Vega.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This banner was painted for me by an artist in Coatzintla Veracruz. Mexico when my wife and I visited Padre Jose de la Luz Silva circa 1998.

 

Whenever we visited we stayed in rooms behind the church. The church is located on top of the highest hill; a beautiful view.

We did not care to vacation in the tourist cities We did go to tourist cities but we stayed in small hotels outside the tourist areas; not in the tourist hotels.

 

 

 

These former dancers will return to participate in the 36th anniversary show on Saturday May 11, 2018

at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago.         Five are founding dancers :          

               David Moreno, Eric Baeza Diaz, Patty Casas, Diana Valenzuela and Lourdes Ramirez

 

Arturo Bucio            David Moreno          Rafael Reyes          Joshua Carlos          Adad Ocampo          Osvaldo del Toro
Eric Baeza Díaz      Ricardo Lemus        Eleazar Landeros    Claudio Rabadán    
Gerardo Martínez Jr.

 

Patty Casas            Yuvanka Juarez       Laura Valenzuela    Diana Valenzuela     Carolina Ibarra         Marisol Bucio
Amanda Martínez   Josie Camarillo        Olivia Lares             Cristina Pérez           Janet del Toro          Elizabeth Cepeda
Gaby García           Leila Harb                Jessica Zapata        Lourdes Ramírez      Blanca Sida              Kenia Lemus           
  Lorena Barrón        Brenda Aguilera       Larissa Aranda
 

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