Vancouver Ballet Folklórico's Board Members are vital to our group as they make sure that everyone feels welcomed, events and practices are run smoothly, and ensure that the group's mission stays strong.
They work to bring our mission and vision to life!
Anna Brackney Cruz
Grace Rodgers’ life mission is to positively transform and uplift the lives of Latinx youth and families in her community. She firmly believes in investing in families and does so through engaging, educating, and empowering families to take active roles. As a bilingual and biracial woman it is important to maintain the connection to her Mexican heritage. As a mother of two, she considers it imperative to pass down her language, knowledge of the rich history of Mexico and the love and appreciation of diversity to her own children. One of her greatests sources of pride, is her daughter Katey, who is in her second year with Vancouver Ballet Folklorico (VBF).
Grace currently serves as VBF’s Vice President. She co-leads this maiden voyage with Maestra Anna as their first year as an non-profit organization. When she isn’t at VBF she can be found at her school site. Grace has been a secondary educator for over 15 years in historically underserved communities. She currently serves as the instructional coach with the aspiration of being an assistant principal.
My name is Adriana Cruz (not related to Anna Cruz but I like to think
we are) and I am the Treasurer for Vancouver Ballet Folklorico. I was
born in California and my parents are from Nayarit, Mexico. Being born
in the USA made me feel a little bit "less" Mexican. There was that
internal conflict and guilt growing up because I wasn't 100% of either
country. The best I could do is embrace what each culture had to give
me by learning and engaging in its traditions. I have two boys who are
considered 3rd generation Mexican Americans. I don't want them to
become distant from their Mexican heritage and that's why they are
part of VBF. The fact that they are boys in a female dominant activity
makes me feel even more proud we are part of this organization.
By being a board member I show my dedication to not only this group but
to the Latinex community and future generations that will carry on our
roots and traditions through dance.
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