Ballet Folklorico - Mexico City - May 1979
Ballet folklórico is almost always accompanied by traditional Mexican mariachis and combines elements of Mexican culture, history, folklore, and religion with rhythm and body movement. Dance topics vary from region to region and state to state. Some dances depict Mexico's complicated history, interpreting events such as the Mexican Revolution. Other ballet folklórico dances focus on key religious events, such as when Juan Diego had a vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December of 1531. Still other Mexican folk dances focus on the culture and folklore surrounding holidays such as the Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo.