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México 2000 Ballet Folklórico


México 2000 Ballet Folklórico is a

Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Company.

México 2000 Ballet Folklórico performs, 

presents and implement the following programs

in Texas and all over the USA for all type of events:


•Arts and Crafts 

•Dance Workshops

•School Credit Classes

•After School Programs

•School Educational Shows

•Summer & Evening Concerts

•Ballet Folklorico Dance Classes

•Corporate & Private Performances


México 2000 Ballet Folklórico started in 1999 with the necessity to offer quality dance programs for the Dallas-Metroplex area audiences and has been performing for many cultural and private events, presenting more than 400 performances in the last 11 years.


Over the past eleven years México 2000 Ballet Folklórico have obtained more than 250 recognitions at several state and nationwide dance competitions, including a proclamation from the City of Dallas and Mayor Laura Miller as: May 13, 2004 “Fiestas de mi Tierra Day”, also received from the office of the City of Garland and Mayor Bob Day, the honor of proclaiming the month of September 2005, 2006 & 2007 as: “México 2000 Ballet Folklórico Month”.


In the past two years we attended the 4th and 5th International Dance Competition in New York in which we won 2nd place in 2007 and we placed 1st in 2008 to upgrade our title and bringing back 1st place to Texas; for this reason we recently received several important recognitions: first a Proclamation form the Westchester County board of Legislators proclaiming September 8, 2007 as “Ballet Folklórico México 2000 Day”; second a certificate of congratulations from the City of Dallas and Mayor Tom Leppert in November 24, 2008; and finally a certificate of recognition from the State of Texas and Governor Rick Perry for our outstanding performance and 1st place during the 2008 New York Competition.


In September, 2008 México 2000 Ballet Folklórico was also designated as a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Masterpieces touring artist, by being recognized as one of 25 outstanding Texas artists from the TCA Company & Artist Roster.         


Upcommnig Events

"Christmas in México

"Navidad en México

For six consecutive year México 2000 Ballet Folklorico under the direction of Mary and Alex Palencia will be presenting the play "Christmas in México” or “ Navidad en México “ a Pastorela-Dance.


This choreographic montage, with more than 60 participants, is a representation of the birth of Jesus Christ, but with a peculiar style by mixing the biblical story with traditional dances from México and other countries.


Originally created by directors and choreographers, Mary and Alex Palencia, the entertaining play is divided in different scenes: Adam & Eve, The Virgins from Heaven, The Annunciation, The Monk, Lucifer, The Seven Capital Sins, Michael the Archangel,  The Pilgrimage, Belen’s Star, The three wise men and people from the world bring their presents.


This is about a two hour play and includes Mexican traditional Christmas songs, helping this to enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season including the beautiful costumes and choreographies.


“It is very important to continue exposing, thru dance, the most important traditions of the people in México, especially during this season with a strong lack of sensibility and historic conciseness, this event is a step forward to remember the Mexican popular culture”, said Alex Palencia director of México 2000 Ballet Folklorico.



WHERE: Granville Arts Center                                   

(300 North 5th St. at Austin St. Downtown Garland 75046)

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010             TIME: 7:00 PM

TICKETS PRICE: $15.00 General Admission

Senior Citizens & children under 6 yrs old: $12.00 (pre-sale only)

$15.00 at the door. 


For more information or to purchase your tickets,

please contact Alex Palencia at 972-429-1082

Email: info@mexico2000.net

Apatzingan, Michoacan

México 2000 Ballet Folklórico Profile

From 12 to 32 dancers México 2000 Ballet Folklórico showcases regional traditional Mexican dance. Presentations are fast-paced; non stop with 2 to 8 different dance regions, From the hot and humid climate in the southeast, the traditional northern dances with their Czechoslovak, Poland, French influence and  the Pre-Columbian dances still preserve in these days. Learn the traditional and authentic dance "La Bamba" and enjoy the excitement and color of a Mexican Fiesta in Jalisco! Dance presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

On the past eight years México 2000 Ballet Folklórico has obtained more than 180 recognitions at several state and nationwide dance festivals.  México 2000 had also received from the City of Dallas and Mayor Laura Miller, proclaiming May 13, 2004 “Fiestas de mi Tierra Day”, more recently received from the office of the City of Garland and Mayors Bob Day and Ronald Jones, the honor of proclaiming the month of September 2005, 2006 and 2007 as: “México 2000 Ballet Folklórico Month”, due to the cultural contributions to the Garland community, as well as a proclamation from  the Westchester County Board of Legislators in White Plains, New York, declaring September 8, 2007 as: “Ballet Folklórico México 2000 day”.  México 2000 also works for different programs like: City of Dallas Neighborhood Touring Program, Several chapters of Young Audiences, Texas Commission on the Arts Company Touring Roster, provide educational performances and fine arts credit classes for High Schools and several school districts in the DFW area, and dance workshops for schools in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Arkansas and Louisiana.



Alex and Mary Palencia Profile

Alex and Mary Palencia have been married for 16 years and are proud parents of Lehi (14 yrs.) and Hansel (12 yrs.).

They are founders and directors of México 2000 Ballet Folklórico & Dance School.

They have a combined experience of about 50 years in the folk Mexican traditions and performing arts industry.

          Alex Palencia has more than 33 years of dancing experience. Artistic Director, Choreographer and 20 years of teaching experience. With strong dance training, acting, choreography, scenery, props and cultural investigation, Alex has created his own dance technique. He counts with enormous dance information, music, videos and different researches and studies from all over Mexico; from where he and his wife Mary had staged original (new) works with their own choreographies; at this time only 8 years of having his own school -Mexico 2000 Folkloric Dance School home base of Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico- Alex and his wife Mary have one of the best Folklorico Dance Schools and dance groups in Dallas and  North Texas with more than 90 students and  dancers. Mr. Palencia studied in Mexico City with the support of his father Leopoldo Palencia Salas, renown dance Profesor and investigator of Mexican traditions; along with him he traveled  for about 7  years for many regions of Mexico. Alex had worked with the two biggest Mexican Dance Companies in Mexico, first 4 years studies with “Compañia Nacional de Danza Folklorica” of Nieves Paniagua and later on 3 years with “Ballet Folklorico de Mexico” under the direccion of Amalia Hernandez. Alex was also an exclusive performer for the network television station in Mexico called “Televisa”. He has extensively studied classical ballet, modern dance, acting, and choreography. In the United States he had worked with Ballet Dallas, Dancers Unlimited, and Cardona’s among others.

          Mary Palencia has more than 25 years of dancing experience. Artistic director, choreographer, costume designer and 10 years teaching experience. Mary studied dance in her native state of Sinaloa, Mexico under the direction of Profesor Blanca Ramos Alarcon Barroza after which she performed in several groups in the state of Baja California Norte. She also lived two years in the Chiapas and Oaxaca areas studying the culture of these beautiful states. Mary had performed and toured across the USA. Mary is experienced and energetic, hard working and detail – minded, she designs and creates all costumes for the M2K dance groups, companies and several Dallas, Richardson, Irving and Garland School Districts dance programs.

Alex and Mary are both passionate about the art of dance and Mexican culture and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and experience with their students.


Directors Alex & Mary Palencia