Dancers Choice Award
For 12 years, the annual Dancers Choice Award has been selected from community submissions. In 2020 Dancers' Group received over 260 nominations that spoke to the abundance of creative wisdom in the region. Nominations were for individuals and organizations working in the Bay Area Dance community that impact dance– behind the scenes, in the classroom or on the stage. And all of those too! The 2020 Dancers Choice Award goes to Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl for their inspirational performances and spirited teaching that engage a wide range of audiences and students.
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Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl
Netza Vidal founded Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl in 1996. Born in Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico, he studied Mexican Folkloric dance at the Escuela de la Danza Mexicana with Jaime Buentello Bazán. For over twenty years he has been an instructor and director of Mexican folkloric dance.
Vidal is the general and artistic director leading his company with its own unique style, costume designs, music, and choreography. The company is composed of more than one hundred students from different cities and cultures around the Bay Area. The company’s mission is to empower the community and to educate the general public by providing a greater understanding and appreciation for Mexican culture and folklore through music, dance, and traditional art forms.
Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl has participated in many local and state-wide events and venues including: San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco Carnaval, Disneyland, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Alameda and Marin County fairs, Solano Fair, Kids Fest, Canal Community Alliance Festival, and San Rafael District Schools. facebook.com/ballet.netzahualcoyotl
Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance (Global Cultures for Kids Performance), May 8
Vacaville Fiesta Days & Parade, May 22-24