Yúmare Folkloric dancers, inc.
Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. is a non profit organization established to promote traditional and regional dances of Mexico by emphasizing education of its history, traditions, art, culture and music. Our students range in age from 5 years to 40 years. Most of our students come from low income families and are unable to afford to participate in other after school activities. Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. is located in Oklahoma City, Ok and entertains the community and surrounding areas.
Yúmare is a Tarahumaran word that means celebration or "fiesta". The Tarahumaran are an indigenous people who live in Northern Mexico in the states of Chihuahua, Sonora and parts of Durango. A Yúmare singer is a vital part of religious ceremonies. They are a very religious people who live in the mountainous regions and can trace their roots back to the Aztecs.
Under the executive direction of Shana Madrid-Smith, Yúmare has been delighting audiences with traditional and regional dances from throughout Mexico. Mexico is a culturally diverse nation full of history and folklore. You can experience just a slice of the splendor of Mexico through music and dance. Our dancers perform beautiful choreographs that will transport you into a world full of color and joy and our singers tug every emotion in your soul with just their voice! Every dance has a story or meaning. Every song has a feeling! Experience the storytelling of regions through songs, dances and learn about Mexico's diverse culture.
Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. was founded in 1989 by Maestro Manuel Garcia. He has taught countless number of students and has been recognized by the state of Oklahoma for his work in the Hispanic Community. Many of his students are 2nd generation dancers as many of their parents were once students of Yúmare. Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. has performed throughout Oklahoma at various festivals, community events, school assemblies, parades and even for local and state governments.
Yúmare has received several awards throughout the years and has performed all over the state as well as in Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas. Yúmare has been in many festivals and events throughout Oklahoma City and surrounding areas which include: The Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City, Global Oklahoma at Rose State College in Midwest City, and The State Fair of Oklahoma. We have also won several awards in the Tierra del Corazon folklorico competition and Fiesta de las Americas festival in Oklahoma City.
Come and experience the liveliness and folklore of Mexico with Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc!