Mission of the BYNC Ballet Folklorico

The mission of the BYNC Ballet Folklorico is to engage families from the Back of the Yards community in an artistic and professional Ballet Folklorico dance company that performs publicly in professional and artistic settings.


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About Ballet Folklorico

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Ballet Folklorico engages families from the Back of the Yards community in the traditional art of Mexican Ballet Folklorico. Through Ballet Folklorico, the BYNC promotes, preserves, and spreads this traditional Mexican art form to the families of the Back of the Yards community and to audiences throughout the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the United States of America. The BYNC Ballet Folklorico utilizes Ballet Folklorico to educate families and audiences about Mexican History and culture, to strengthen national identity of Mexican Americans, and to create a significant and permanent connection to their cultural heritage.

Outstanding Performing Troupes 

The performing troupes are outstanding and have a very busy schedule, with approximately 150 performances a year. They have performed at the Taste of Chicago, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Six Flags Gurnee, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and at numerous churches, schools, and community events throughout Chicagoland. The children are eager to perform anywhere, but are particularly pleased to showcase their heritage in non-Latino settings.

The performing troupes have also won several national championships, 4 times (in 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2008) at the Viva Aztlan Dance Competition in Lubbock, Texas; and another in 2005 at the National Championship of Challenge USA in Los Angeles and for the last two years in a row have won awards in every category they competed in including the Best of the Best at the annual ACADEZ competition in San Antonio.

Practice Schedules

BYNC Ballet Folklorico is divided into six groups based on age and skill level. The three beginners’ level groups and the family group (parents included) meet twice a week, while the two advanced performing troupes meet three times a week. The duration of a class is between 1 ½ and 2 hours. The classes begin with warm-ups and stretches, and then proceed to practicing the actual dances. In addition, whenever a new dance is introduced, students spend at least twenty minutes learning the history and significance of the dance.


Group #1 Children (Between 5- 6 years of age)

Monday 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Group #2 Children (Between 6-7 years of age)

Monday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Group #3 Children (Between 8-9 years of age)

Monday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Group #4 Children (Between 10 and 14 years of age)

Tuesday 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Ballet Infantil #1 (Between 7-12 years of age)

Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Infantil #2 (Between 12-15 years of age)

Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m
Friday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Ballet Juvenil (Teenagers and adults)

Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Parent’s Ballet

Monday 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


The Ballet Folklorico is led by Jorge Emilio Corona with the assistance of Flavio Servin and Ernesto Martinez.  The classes are rigorous, as the children dance constantly, learning new steps and dances and practicing those they already know.



Question: Who do I contact to obtain information about the BYNC Ballet Folklorico?


You may contact Jorge Emilio Corona at (872) 281-7832, or by e-mail at jcorona@bync.org

Question: What age do I have to be to join the dance group?


For the Children’s Ballet, you must be between 3½ and 12 years old; for the young adults’ ballet, you must be between the ages of 13 to 24.

Question: How can I book the Ballet Folklorico for an event? Goes Here


You may contact Jorge Emilio Corona at (872) 281-7832, or by e-mail at jcorona@bync.org

Question: How much does it cost to book the Ballet Folklorico for an event?


The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Ballet Folklorico has several performing troupes and an extensive repertoire of dances that we are able to draw upon to create a customized performance to meet your needs. The cost of a performance will depend on the skill level of the dancers involved, the number of dancers required, and the duration of the performance. To discuss our repertoire and options for a performance that fits your needs, please call Jorge Emilio Corona at (872) 281-7832, or by e-mail at jcorona@bync.org.

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Contact Emilio Corona (872) 281-7832 

Email: jcorona@bync.org