Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico
Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico

Our History

Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico (AIBF)  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dance organization that has been part of Houston since 1979. We have 37 years of working with Houston’s youth under our belt. We have been fortunate enough to have been able to perform with them in many important festivals and parades such as the International Fest, Children’s Fest, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cinco de Mayo Parade and many more. We have also participated at festivals in other countries like in Niece, France and in Dortmound, Germany along many other parts of the world.

 

There isn’t anything more gratifying that knowing we are preserving the culture and tradition of many Hispanic countries by teaching the younger generations all about Folklórico dances today.

 

Our goals as an organization are to:

  • Preserve traditional folk dances
  • Promote cultural awareness among company members and general public and
  • Foster goodwill between the cultures within the Houston community and between Houston and other countries.

Our organization is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and we have performed at:

  • Every Houston International Festival since 1980. 
  • The New Orleans World Fair in 1984.
  • The 450th anniversary festivities of the funding of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Houston’s first Sister City in South America, as goodwill ambassadors in 1987.
  • The Sixth Festival of International Junior Folklore of Nice, France, and Dortmound, Germany in 1988.
  • A cultural exchange program arranged by the Consulate General of Mexico in 1991, which scheduled the groups’ performances in four major cities in the Republic of Mexico.
  • A tour of Washington, D.C. in 1993, arrange by Congressman Gene Green of Houston, the Consul General of the Republic of Mexico, and the Washington D.C. Ecuadorian community, to include performances at the White House, the Capitol, the Banco Interamericano de Desarollo, and the Casa de la Cultura Mexicana.
  • An outstanding presentation during the Hispanic Heritage Month in 1994 with the Houston Symphony at the Jones Hall.
  • A cultural exchange between Oaxaca Folklorico ballets and AIBF occurred in 1995, arranged by the Tourism Development Director from the Government of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • In 1997, won first place in the First Competition of Traditional Mexican Dances “Mexico Lindo y Querido” sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico which was held at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
  • In 1998, March 27 and 28 won First Place all-around at the “Viva Aztlan Theater and Dance Festival” in which 30 dance groups competed from Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • In 2000 the group participated at the National Hispanic Journalist Conferences attended by then, Texas Governor, George W. Bush.
  • In June 2004, the group was sponsored by the Guayaquil-Houston Sister Cities to tour Guayaquil, Ecuador performing at various venues.
  • In August 2005 the group participated in the 10th Annual Fiestas Agostinas in Industry, California and were sponsored to perform for the Manta, Ecuador-Long Beach Sister Cities Cultural Event in Los Angeles, CA.
  • In April 2007 the group participated with the Port of Houston at an international event at the Hilton Las Americas.
  • In February 2010 the group won the 1st place Large group Bastrop, Texas Competition.
  • In April, 2011 the group won the 3rd place in the BucDays Folklorico Competition at Corpus Christi Texas.

 

 

How to Find Us

333 S. Jensen

Houston, TX 77030

ambassadorsibf@hotmail.com

713.923.5594

 

Get Connected With Us.

www.facebook.com/aibfhouston

IG: @aibfhouston1979

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