Alcorta's Folklórico Diamante (AFD) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the art of Mexican Folklorico and Latin folk dancing throughout South Texas. The company’s primary objective is to promote the Hispanic culture and diversity among students of all ages, by performing and studying the various regions of Mexico, as well as Spain and Latin America, to the people of Corpus Christi, surrounding areas and beyond.
AFD began as a local high school folklorico dance group that had received many awards and recognitions in region and state level dance competitions; the group was recognized as one of the best folklorico dance groups in Texas at the time. As the group learned more about Mexican folklorico, they felt the need to continue learning of Mexico’s rich heritage and share their knowledge and experience with the younger generations, giving them the opportunity to learn about their heritage while engaging in a healthy activity. With this, Alcorta’s was established in 1997 under the direction of founder, Cynthia Alcorta.
The company has received many awards and recognitions in various festivals and competitions throughout Texas. In January of 2007, Cynthia Alcorta was named “Mexican Folklorico Director of the Year” by Texas A&M International University of Laredo. In addition, Alcorta’s was named “Best of the Best Folklorico Group” at the 2009 Buc Days Competencia Folklorica Del Mar in Corpus Christi and was recently named “Grand Champion” at the 2016 Bailes de Mi Tierra Competition in Round Rock, Texas. The company has traveled to perform throughout Texas in cities such as San Antonio, Dallas, San Marcos, Bastrop, Edinburg and Austin as well as Lake Charles, Louisiana; Las Vegas, Nevada and Acapulco, Mexico. The dancers of Alcorta’s have been featured in performances with the world famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, as well as city tourism campaigns and local business commercials.
The company has also been invited to represent the United States in the Festival Folklorico Nacional de Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and The World Folk And Dance Festival in Mississauga, Canada. Alcorta’s also performed at the opening ceremony for the 2012 International Conference of the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos.
Many have witnessed the beautiful dancers that have graced the many stages with their authentic costumes and incredible footwork. The dance studio and performing company, Alcorta’s Compañía de Danza Folklórica, are currently under the direction of Samuel Alcorta, Jr., and is open to anyone interested in learning the folkloric dances of Mexico.