EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
Women's Physical Education
Cultural Dance Program
Eastlos Folklórico was established in 1970. The group was founded by Benjamín
C. Hernández and Patricia Barragan and is based at East Los Angeles College.
At the early stages of the Chicano Movement, many people came to East Los Angeles College to learn Mexican Dance, many of them being college students or school teachers who later taught the same dance routines to the local elementary school students. Therefore, ELAC is proud for being one of the centers for the Mexican Folklorico movement in Los Angeles, and being one of the first colleges to offer academic credit for Mexican dance.
The mission for Eastlos Folklórico is to provide information and skill development to interpret the diverse dance styles of Mexico from its indigenous forms to the folklórico style. Representing Mexican culture through dance media is one of the best forms of experiencing joy, pride, and self-respect, which enhances the life of the performer.
College level students wanted, High School students welcome.
East Los Angeles College offers the following folklórico dance classes: 419 Mexican Folklórico Skills (beg); 481 Jalisco Dance Technique (beg-Inter); 484 Banda Ranchera; 814 Dance production; 458 Latin American Dance Cultures.
Lecture class on the history of traditional dance; 472 Social Dance Activities; 440 Social Dance Skills; 696 Yoga.