Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar
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Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles
Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles (BFLA) catapulted to international fame through numerous performances including at the 90th Annual Academy Awards in celebration of the Pixar movie Coco, at the D23 Expo and the Coco Premiere at the El Capitan Theater, and on Dancing With The Stars alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel for “Disney Night” as they sang the award-winning “Remember Me,” from Coco. BFLA is also part of the new Disney live production of Coco which debuted at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2019 and is set for streaming on Disney+.
Founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya, this versatile group performs both traditional and modern regional dances in world-class venues including the Dolby Theatre, the Greek Theater, and the Ford Amphitheater with as many as 48 dancers! Yet, they also appear in smaller halls with as few as two dancers. While accompanying prestigious groups like Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar onstage, their precise movements and colorful costumes leave audiences spellbound! Avid proponents of dance education, the group teaches folklórico dance for all ages at their own Academy for Performing Arts.
Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar
Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has delighted audiences with dynamic musicianship and lively stage presence for the past twenty years. Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, Mariachi Garibaldi gained popularity quickly due to their constant effort to better their performance and was one the first youth mariachis to arise in Bakersfield, California. Now based out of Los Angeles, California, Garibaldi continues to push for excellence.
Over the years, Mariachi Garibaldi has evolved into a premier mariachi ensemble in California led by Jimmy “El Pollo” Cuéllar, son of Jaime Cuéllar. Garibaldi has accompanied various well-known artists such as Espinoza Paz, Maria Elena Beltran, Yolanda del Rio, Pablo Montero, Merecdes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Beatriz Adriana, among many more. They have performed on many stages including El Teatro Degollado, Valley Performing Arts Center, The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Bakersfield Fox Theatre, The Chandler Center for the Arts and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few, have had their audiences captivated by Mariachi Garibaldi. They have shared the stage with mariachi ensembles and artists such as Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Imperial de México, Alejandro Fernandez, and Juan Gabriel. Most recently Garibaldi can be seen alongside with Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles in a recreation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast's "Tale As Old As Time" produced by Mitu. This video received over 10 million views in under 48 hours.