El Centro de Muchos Colores

Goodbye Fall Hello Spring!

Ballet Folklorico Spring 2017 Semester starting soon!

We are gearing up for another great year for Ballet Folklorico de Durango. We are currently accepting new and returning dance member's enrollment forms at El Centro de Muchos Colores at Fort Lewis College. Dance practice will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays with the first class starting Monday, Jan. 9. To download the registration form, click here.

Another semester ending, Fall 2016!

We have had a strong fall semester as Ballet Folkorico de Durango, with a united group of both community, youth and Fort Lewis College Students. With new dance instructor Melisa Smith and Veronica Flores, the dance group has been very resilient and is thriving!

There are at least 12 new dancers and some returning students, including 2 FLC students and a couple of parents who joined the dance group practice this semester.

We performed for a Dia de Los Muertos event at the Animas City Theatre and raised more than $600 in performance donations and from generous community members who support this unique cultural arts program.

If you know anyone who is interested in being a part of this wonderful dance group PASS ON THE WORD. Anyone is welcome!

Print out your registration form for the Spring Registration Form (in English)/Inscribirse (en Espanol) and if you are a new student or returning student, please fill out this survey and submit it to El Centro Coordinator, Shirena Trujillo Long.


Youth & Adult Classes

Youth ClassesWe will be starting our classes up for spring 2017.

Ages range from 5-17 with the FLC/adult ages 18 & above. If you need more information, check out the FAQs webpage or contact Shirena Long, El Centro Coordinator, at 970-247-7290 or at long_s@fortlewis.edu.

Registration form are available at the office, or you can click here to print out a version from your computer. Make sure to bring this back to the first day of classes, Jan. 9th.





Read about the Partnership

 FLC signs MOU with Durango Education Center to save Ballet Folklorico programs

Ballet Folklorico will continue to exist in Durango because of educational grants from LPEA and Mercury Gives, and a new formal partnership between Fort Lewis College and the Durango Education Center.

On Tuesday night (2/18/14), representatives from FLC’s El Centro de Muchos Colores Hispano Center and the DEC signed a memorandum of understanding to combine and collaborate both youth and adult Ballet Folklorico dance programs in Durango. The new three-year pilot program will be called Ballet Folklorico de Durango.

“This has been a long-time dream that is finally coming true” said Jennifer Cossey, Ballet Folklorico de Durango dance instructor.

The original Ballet Folklorico de Durango was founded in 1996 as a program of the nonprofit Durango Latino Education Center (DLEC) to help students of underrepresented populations learn pride in cultural heritage as well as to provide a safe and positive after-school activity. The youth dance group is now a program of the Durango Education Center and FLC coordinates the adult/community group.

“We are so excited to keep youth and adults in our community involved in this cultural arts dance program that started in the 90’s here,” said Shirena Trujillo Long, coordinator of El Centro at FLC. “This is about using Mexican folkloric dance to promote pride in cultural heritage while also educating our underrepresented students from kindergarten through college graduation.”

Ballet Folklorico de Durango’s new pilot program’s educational goal is to increase Latino student graduation rates in La Plata County and to also recruit, retain and graduate more Hispanic students at FLC. With a grant from LPEA for $3,500 that was awarded in January to El Centro, the pilot program is well underway. Mercury Gives provided the program with a $2,500 grant award enabling classes to begin again this fall.

Classes for youth ages 5-17 will begin Monday, Sept. 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at El Centro, located on the ground floor of the FLC student union (parking is free on Sundays). Adult community members or FLC students are invited to join the Ballet Folklorico de Durango Club which meets from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at El Centro.

Several local performances are already booked and the dance group is available to book performances in the Four Corners for a suggested donation of $50-$100. The next performance will be FLC's Fiesta on the Mesa event 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 in the outdoor amphitheater located in the center of campus.  The event is free and open to the public with donations for the dance group always accepted and appreciated.

To donate to Ballet Folklorico de Durango, or for more information about the dance program, please visit the El Centro website: www.fortlewis.edu/elcentro or call (970) 247-7290.