About Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre


Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre is a Southern Oregon dance troupe that teaches and performs regional folk dances of Mexico to instill pride and create cultural bridges.

We are known for our authenticity, and we strive to validate Mexico's long and rich folk dance tradition in our choreography and costumes. 


We regularly participate in workshops and conferences to increase our skills and repertoire. 


We are also known for empowering youth.  The purpose of the group has always been two-fold: to preserve and celebrate Mexican folk culture, and empower and celebrate  the youth who are cultural ambassadors to our diverse community of Southern Oregon.

Our Board of Directors:


  • Lori Contreras - Board President

  • Bianey Jimenez - Secretary

  • Jocelyn Torres

  • Linnaea F. Morales 

Our Instructors:

Wednesday               - Luisa Zaragoza

Thursday                   - Jacqueline Reyes

Friday                         - Hector Zaragoza

Office Support:

Estefania Ortiz Madera

Our Wonderful Grantors: 







Anna May Foundation

Autzen Foundation

Carpenter Foundation

Charlotte Martin

City of Ashland

Collins Foundation 

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation

First Interstate Bank

Gordon Elwood Foundation

Jubilation Foundation

Latino Partnership Program

Medford Arts Commission

Miller Foundation

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Arts Commission 

Oregon Cultural Trust 

Trailblazers / Nike

U.S. Bank

Walker Fund

 WiLL Project

and YOU!

Muchas Gracias!