Omaha Performing Arts
Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz
Founded in 1985 by Maestro Hugo Betancourt, Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" makes its home in the state capital, Xalapa, Veracruz. They have toured internationally performing traditional folkloric dances, as well as their Afro-Caribbean spectacular, "Carnaval Veracruzano". The company has been the official representatives for Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development for the State of Veracruz since 1986 having given hundreds of performances across Mexico and the United States, South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. They have performed at the Carnaval of Veracruz every year since 1991, as well as taking their famous comparsa xalapeña to the Carnaval of Havana in Cuba on three different occasions. Other important appearances include the Miss Mexico pageant in Cancun, TV appearances on "Siempre en Domingo" from Mexico City, the Festival Cervantino in Guanaguato, and at the Festival of Culture in Koala Lumpur, Malaysia. They have also recently performed in Peru, Spain, Germany, Dubai, Taiwan and Canada. In all, the company has performed in more than 20 different countries on 4 continents. Currently the group has grown to more than 45 dancers and 10 musicians and operates its school and training program for young dancers in Xalapa. "Quetzalli" continues to be one of the great cultural treasures of Veracruz, performing to thousands of people every year. "Quetzalli" hosted the National Association of Grupos Folkloricos (ANGF) for the third time in the summer of 2003. 2015 marked the group's 30th anniversary which included a U.S. tour as well as a gala performance in the home city of Xalapa, at the Teatro del Estado and appearance around the republic of Mexico.