Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (Calpulli Danza Mexicana) blends Mexico’s rich folkloric dance traditions with ballet and contemporary dance.

The Company is led by Artistic Director Alberto Lopez, Managing Director Juan Castaño, Music Director George Sáenz, and Rehearsal Director Grisel Pen.

You might expect a folkloric dance company to be a little sloppy, but that is not the case here. Calpulli should be on Broadway. They are that good. The storytelling is world-class. The dancers show unusually strong technique. The costumes will wow you and the shows always have something good to say. You can’t go wrong with Calpulli.

“Calpulli should be on Broadway”
Keith Widyolar, New York Latin Culture Magazine

Artistic Director Alberto Lopez was recognized by Time Magazine in their series on “American Voices.”

Calpulli is NYC’s and Maybe America’s Ballet Folklórico

Mexican culture blends Indigenous and Spanish traditions into something that is uniquely Mexican. Since one third of our country was once Mexico, these are also American traditions.

Mexican culture begins with the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs, three of the great civilizations of the Americas. From this beginning, dynamic Mexican culture runs all the way through the present, so Calpulli has many rich traditions to draw from.

Calpulli brings it all together. The company produces theatrical performances, trains dancers, and produces arts-in-education for New York City schools and community outreach programs.

The work is world-class. Calpulli is our New York City equivalent of Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández.

New York Times dance critic Brian Seibert said,

“This terrific company of warm, generous dancers and a mostly female band gave a quick, vibrant tour of Mexican traditions – from Yucatán, Oaxaca, Jalisco – with eye-popping costumes for every stop. The finale with flying machetes was something to see.”

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Productions

The Company has a wide range of productions in repertory. These are just a couple.

Día de los Muertos


The sentiment, color, and spirit of the native Mexican tradition comes to life in Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Dia de los Muertos, under the Artistic Direction of Alberto Lopez Herrera. Through Mexican folk dance, classical ballet, and live music, a timeless story of love and hope comes to life.

In Dia los Muertos, two young lovers are torn apart by a cruel twist of fate. Through Mexican folk dance, classical ballet, and live music, the universal story explores the connection between the world of the living and those dearly departed.

Mictlan, the beautiful underworld of Aztec mythology, is the home of our dearly departed where La Catrina reigns as Queen. Two young lovers struggle to reconnect after a cruel twist of fate. Will they reunite? Come see at Dia de los Muertos.

Día de los Muertos | courtesy of Kristin Slaby / Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Día de los Muertos | courtesy of Kristin Slaby / Calpulli Mexican Dance Company


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