Vancouver Ballet Folklórico was founded in 2014 by Anna Cruz and Jesus Chavez. The group was actually known as Olincalli, which means the "House of Movement" in the Nahuatl language. Throughout the years, VBF has participated in events and performances from Eugene, OR. to Longview, WA. Vancouver Ballet Folklorico is known for their colorful presentations of Mexican folk dances, Pre-Hispanic Dance and yearly installations of Dia de los Muertos. We believe that there is a call for Hispanic representation in Clark County and we are grateful to have many supporters such as City of Vancouver, ARTSTRA, LULAC, CAN, and more that help us accomplish this vision. The work we do is the future of our culture in this country and it is important that we pass on the traditions to the generations to come.
Our Pre-Hispanic Dance Group
Vancouver Ballet Folklórico not only preserves the traditional folkloric dances of Mexico but the indigenous culture before the Spaniards conquered. We have a sub-group by the name of Tepeyac, which is our Pre-Hispanic Dance group. Instead of traditional long dresses and white shoes, we dance with rattles, feathers and our bare feet. Tepeyac was actually formed before VBF around 2010 and has performed for different cultural events in Clark County and Portland such as Cinco de Mayo at the Waterfront, Clark County Fair, and Eugene, Oregon.
Tepeyac is known for dancing at St. John the Evangelist Church for its celebration of the Virgin Guadalupe.