The youth folkloric ballet is an artistic group under the direction of the Mérida Municipal Government Cultural Group.
Big little dance professionals proudly show their incredible skills in each performance when they show one of Yucatan’s famous characteristics – their festive spirit. Made up of 24 children between the ages of eight and 12 years, each and every child possesses a great presence on stage and enthusiasm in each performance.
With continual classes and practice sessions, these children are always working on enriching their repertory. At the moment, they are not only promoting our regional folklore locally, but also opening doors in the Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Michoacan and Chiapas where they are showing our Yucatecan dance and culture.
The Youth Folkloric Ballet does presentations at many traditional weekly events that include Mérida on Sunday, Regional Monday and Mexican Night (on Saturday) along with other events they are asked to participate in by the different cultural, educational, civil and religious institutions and groups in the state.
To be a part of this prestigious group of folkloric dancers, the children must be willing to go to practice, participate in all the events they are invited to, keep their grades up in school, take care of their outfits, do their hair and make-up for each performance, and do it all with a huge smile on their face. In each performance their repertory includes at least ten different jarana dances, so that is a lot to remember.
The girls all wear the tradition terno: the gala Maya huipil that is made up of the fustan – the white lacy edged underskirt that also has colorful embroidery; and the white over dress that has more colorful embroidery around the neck and at the 3/4 length hem. A red ribbon and colorful flowers adorn the head, while orange coral and gold filigree rosary necklaces adorn the necks.
The boys all wear long white pants, a white dress shirt, open sandals, a straw hat and a red bandana in their pants pocket. And all wear huge smiles as they proudly dance their cultural heritage.