Esperanza del Valle


Mexican folklorico dance

Esperanza del Valle, a folklorico dance company, has been dedicated to the dissemination, preservation, and performance of the rich traditional dance forms of Mexico.  Since 1980, Esperanza del Valle has strived to cultivate and promote pride and understanding of Mexican culture through its rich folklorico dances rooted in the merging of indigenous, European, and African heritages.

In 2008, Esperanza del Valle received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support efforts to preserve and disseminate the organization’s research of the danzas (or dances) of the Huesteca region of Mexico in specific indigenous communities.  Interviews, images, and text which explain the purpose of the danzas were compiled and reproduced in book and DVD formats.

In 2009, Esperanza del Valle received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to work with master artist Ramón Morones Ortíz of Guadalajara, Mexico, as part of their ¡Que Viva Jalisco! project.  Through their collaboration with Ortíz, five new dances will be added to the company’s repertoire.  Funds will also support the addition of four men’s charro outfits and two women’s Jalisco dresses to the company’s costume inventory.

In 2014, Esperanza del Valle received a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program to support the design, creation, and purchase of vestuario, or costumes, for four different dance styles from the Sotavento region of Veracruz, Mexico. Working directly with maestros, or master teachers, of each dance style, Esperanza del Valle will create and purchase the proper dress style for both male and female dancesrs in their company, allowing them to maintain the authenticity and integrity of each dance as they present them to their community.

The 2017 Living Cultures Grant award will be used to purchase dance attire from Colima, Mexico for eight men. The handmade costumes will complement the company’s long immersion into the study of the dance and music of the region and bringing authentic regional costumes to their public performances. 

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From Esperanza de Valle's archives collected over 30 years of fieldwork (Photo courtesy of Esperanza del Valle)

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