Ballet Folclórico Mexican Tradition

Their mission is to create greater awareness and understanding of Latin American culture through the arts, and bring together the various communities through music and traditional mexican dances. Julio Ruiz with his distinctive career as a dancer, choreographer and director for more than seven years, provides an opportunity for the community to be part of this mission in Greensboro arts center where artistic ambassadors are built.
Contact:   Julio Ruiz  | |  336-267-7852 |


Mexican tradition


Ballet Folclórico Salvadoreño



Alexander and his dance partner, Krisia, are two young dance partners born in the USA and proud of their Salvadoran roots.  It is pride that can be seen on stage in their wonderful and authentic performances.

Contact: Alexander Molina  |  |  919-633-8518



Bomba Boricua

Miriam V. Rivas Ph.D. has been dancing, teaching and directing Folkloric Afro Puerto Rican dances Bomba and Plena for 30 years. Her fellow performers are: Louis Ramos M.S., percussionist specializing in conga and bongo; Patrick F. Loebs, who has been studying Afro-Cuban Folkloric and contemporary music styles since the late 1990’s;  Justin Hill, local Durham musician who specializes in Afro-Cuban music and percussion; Zulayka Santiago, freelance organizational consultant for whom dancing Bomba and Plena fosters her connection to her Afro-Caribbean roots; and Justin Robinson, multi-instrumentalist that loves traditional folk music from all over the world.

Contact: Miriam V. Rivas  |  919-616-0109



The Venezuelan Dance Group

With the initiative of Mrs. Saida Kriz and a group of Latin American students of NCSU, the Venezuelan Dance was a reality. The objective of the group is to promote Venezuelan culture, and to show and share the dances and our country’s culture throughout North Carolina. As a non-profit group, they are supported by donations received from their presentations. This money is designated to create new costumes and for the maintenance of the existent.
Contact:   Saida Kriz  | |   919-773-1153


Venezuelan Dances


Mambo Dinámico

“Mambo Dinamico” has grown from the Ecuadorian/Peruvian roots of Norberto “Betto” Herrera. Betto started teaching classes to service members and their dependents at Camp Lejeune.  Never loosing site of his background, Betto formed this Latin dance company to provide instruction, performances, and choreographies, both nationally and internationally. MD’s dancers are known for their musicality, energy, and unique turn pattern.



mambo dinamico


Corazón Peruano

“Corazon Peruano NC” represents the art of the Peruvian Folklore.  With lots of enthusiasm and passion, the group is dedicated to bringing exclusive and innovative choreographies to showcase the diversity of Peruvian music and dance.  They want to share freely the Peruvian culture to all.
Contact:   Sonia Alvarado - David Miranda  |  |  |  919-244-1298  |  919-308-8586


Corazon Peruano


Valle de Luna

“The name of the group comes from a small town in Chiriqui, Panama. They started to dance just for fun, and eventually got serious and started performing in public. Their first performance was at the Annual International Folk Festival in Fayetteville, North Carolina. By request of the crowd, they have been twice at the International Festival. All of the outfits are designed and made by the group as well as the head pieces. It takes several days to complete a head piece.
Contact:   Rosa Mataus  |  910-309-8157


Valle de Luna


African American Dance Ensemble

The African American Dance Ensemble seeks to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music through research, education and entertainment. With our motto, "peace, love, respect for everybody", we celebrate traditional African culture, aesthetics and values as resources for all people. We seek to utilize these resources to encourage interracial cooperation, cross-cultural understanding and societal analysis.






Ballet Folklórico Espíritu Latino

Founded in 2005, the Ballet Folklórico Espíritu Latino is comprised of eight couples. Some of the dancers were born right here in North Carolina and are proud to continue the heritage passed on by their parents. The dances they perform come mostly from the Northern region of Mexico, especially the State of Nuevo Leon, which is known for its Norteña music, also called Polkas. Other dances, such as La Negra, Jarabe Tapatio and El Mariachi, come directly from Estado de Jalisco Mexico, the land of Mariachi and Tequila.

Contacto: Jesus Vasquez / 252-525-9923

Espiritu Latino


Grupo de Danzas Folklóricas Raíces Andinas

Our mission is to preserve, promote and present our Latin American traditions through its music, dance and folklore. We perform Dances from Bolivia and Peru as well as other parts of South America.

Contacto:Sonia Alvarado/

Raices Andinas



Veracruz - Ballet Folklórico Guadalupano

 The Ballet Folklórico Guadalupano offers an enchanting presentation of a rich Mexican tradition in an effort to keep the great Mexican history and culture alive in the Triad area. The group is made up of twelve dancers with years of experience, now completing their 4th Anniversary. Each of the dances represented, according to their state, has a great variation of music and choreography that began the folkloric ancestry across Mexico hundreds of years ago.

Contact: Fabian Vargas (336) 460-2540 | |



Grupo Pura Vida

 The Conjunto Folklorico Pura Vida was founded in  2005.  The group is part of the Costa Rican Association of North Carolina and is composed of Costa Rican children and adults that possess a passion for dance, theater, and especially the great desire to carry to the community in general of North Carolina, the beauty that encloses the musical expressions, dances, wardrobes, customs and the traditions of the beautiful one Costa Rica

Contact:Xinia Alvarado/

pura vida


Grupo Takiri

 Takiri in Quechua means "Who creates music and dance". Our mission is to celebrate the latiamerican heritage in a dynamic, healthy and fun anvironment. In Takiri, we believe that the dance, as an art form, offres to our children and to ourselves a great opportunity to improve our body movements and personal immage while we learn about other cultural expressions.

Contact: Pilar Rocha /





Flamenco Carolina

 Flamenco Carolina is the performing group of the Carlota Santana School of Spanish Dance under the direction of Carlota Santana, artistic director of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (a professional dance company based in Durham and New York). It is composed of a core group of advance students (sometimes accompanied by beginners) from various ethnic backgrounds that share a common love of flamenco dance, an art form which originated with Gypsies in the southern part of Spain, and influenced by the many cultures that inhabited Spain: Spanish, Judaic, Arabic, Indian and North African. Over the past years, they have performed at numerous festivals and schools, as well as private and public cultural events, throughout the Triangle and North Carolina. Contact: Carlota Santana 105 Vista del Rio Dr.Bahama, NC 27503

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Orgullo y Alma Latina

In 2010 “Orgullo y Alma Latina” was formed in Zebulon, NC by Mirtha Edwards and a dedicated group of Hispanic parents giving them a sense of community and cultural pride, as well as allowing them to share their heritage with others.  With authentic outfits, the group proudly represents the state of Sinaloa, located on the Gulf of California across the waters from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.  They will be performing an array of dances from this region, showing how Sinaloans have transformed celebration into an art form.

Contact: M. Edwards | | 919-879-6497


Movimientos de Samba


Movimentos de Samba was founded by Iya Silva in 2009 in Charlotte. For over 23 years, she has dedicated herself to learning, performing and teaching Brazilian dances, e.g. Samba, Afro Brazilian, Axe, Frevo, Samba Reggae. She has danced with some of the top Brazilian dance companies in California, such as Fogo na Roupa, Aquarela and MaraReggae. In 2003, she was crowned Queen of Carnaval in San Francisco. Now living in Durham, Iya is bringing the Brazilian Samba to us by teaching at Holton Community Center, Ninth Street Dance Studio, and the Terrerio de Arte Cultural Center.

Contact: Iya Silva  |  |  919-824-2721


Tangophilia - Argentine Tango School

 Argentine Tango is a dance of communication and improvisation, and learning to tango can be like learning any other language. We build the tango from the foundations of leading and following (grammar and parts of speech) to better prepare our students to dance comfortably anywhere, with anybody, in any style. Instead of memorizing endless sequences of step patterns (the phrasebook), we focus on teaching the techniques and elements that will allow you to dance your own steps, to improvise in the moment, and to communicate with your partner through the dance. Come explore the Argentine Tango and discover a dance and a connection like no other. Contact: Gulden Ozen - Jason Laughlin - 5814 Henner Place, Durham, NC 27713 - 919-361-5145 - mobile 919-423-7681 - email: -


Triangle Tangueros

 The Triangle Tangueros is a club founded to promote Argentine Tango as a social dance in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Our events are oriented toward anyone that is interested in learning to dance tango in a friendly social environment. Our activities include hosting monthly dances (which we call "milongas") and bi-monthly practicas, sponsoring workshops by world-renowned professional instructors, and showcasing this amazing dance in festivals, museums, schools and universities. Ccontact: Dan Plonski - President 919-382-0273 - Barbara Harviala - Events Committee Chair 919-960-7224 - -


Capoeira Cooperative/Capoeira Brazil

 Our group presents two Afro-Brazilian art forms, Maculel and Capoeira. Maculel is a stick-dance originated in the sugar cane fields of Brazil during slavery. Capoeira is a beautiful combination of dance, martial art and acrobatics, second only to soccer in the preference of Brazilians as a national sport. Both art forms were created by Africans enslaved in Brazil in the XVII century, and developed through the ages as part of the Afro-Brazilian struggle for freedom. To contact: Sidarta Ribeiro 1008 Arnette Ave Durham, NC 27707, 919-684-4581,

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