"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
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.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
For more information or to purchase your tickets,
please contact Alex Palencia at 972-429-1082
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.
Mary Palencia Profile
Alex and Mary Palencia have been married for 16 years and are proud parents of Lehi (14 yrs.) and Hansel
They are founders and directors of México 2000 Ballet Folklórico & Dance
They have a combined experience of about 50 years in the folk Mexican traditions and performing
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.