2015 is going to be a great year for folklorico dancers everywhere. New dances will be learned/taught, performances will occur and countless folklorico memories will be made. Just in case you haven’t chosen your New Year’s resolution(s) for 2015, we compiled some ideas to help get you started.
- Learn the history of a region you don’t know much about and share the information with your group.
- Meet a folklorista who participates in folklorico group other than your own. Arrange a meeting with that person and learn his/her folklorico story.
- Create new choreography for one of your pieces.
- Volunteer at a local school and teach the students how to dance folklorico.
- Attend a dance class of a different genre such as ballet, jazz, salsa, etc.
- Start a dance group/company/non-profit.
- Read a book on folklorico such as The Folklorico Handbook by Rudy García or Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos edited by Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Norma E. Cantú and Brenda M. Romero.
- Make a headpiece, a practice skirt, or charro pants.
- Collaborate with another dance group in performing a piece or hosting a showcase.
- Travel to Mexico to learn about folklorico.
- Attend folklorico conferences such as Danzantes Unidos Festival or University Folklórico Summit.
- Find a folklorico mentor to guide you in your advancement as a dancer/maestro/educator. Your mentor can be an older dancer, maestro or educator.
Folklorico resolutions can be simple or challenging. What are your folklorico New Year’s resolutions for 2015? We would love to add your ideas to this list.