Lourdes Ruiz / Mexico

PERSONAL  AND PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

Lourdes Ruiz was born in Colima, Mexico. She was part of the Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima over many years. Folklore has been like her second life, always on par with her studies, family and personal life. When she moved to Vancouver, she brought with her the love of dance and that’s when she decided to create the Caudillos del Sur Mexican Dance Ensemble in March  2013.

HISTORY, CHALLENGES AND MILESTONE

When Lourdes was part of the Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima, Lourdes traveled around Mexico, having the opportunity to perform in different  cities and theaters of the country. Over the years her love for Folklore was growing little by little, as well as her experience. She always managed to study to get her degree on Marketing, on par of pursuing her career as a dancer. And not only that, she needed to give up a lot of family parties, a lot of weekends with her friends. And all of that was worth it, because of her passion.

Now as founder of the Caudillos del Sur Mexican Dance Ensemble, Lourdes has had the opportunity to bring the Mexican Culture into Canada. Specifically, in the area of Vancouver  and Lower Mainland.

This Mexican Ensemble it’s been present in many public and private events over this past 4 years. Some examples are: Mariachi Festival Canada (Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford), Canada Day Parade Kitsilano Showboat All Over The Map Surrey Fusion Festival Greek Festival Stanley Park Ghost Train Victoria Public Market Vancouver Mural Festival Mexico Fest Bardel Variety Show Events for schools Nursing homes And many others.

None of this could be possible  without the dedication of Lourdes.  She is a great teacher and a great leader.  And as she was doing before, now with a husband and a lovely kid, she still dedicates her time to do what she loves and to teach and share  with other her passion.

It hasn’t been easy for her. Moving to another country, is not easy for anybody. A new culture, a new language, new challenges.  But yet, she found a way to bring a little part of Mexico to everybody in here, and I’m so happy for that.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Lourdes and her Mexican Dance Ensemble, have participated in countless events in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area. Lourdes has opened the doors to many people in the Mexican, Latin and Canadian community, to be part of the group and the experience of the Mexican  Dance Folklore.

As I said before, moving to another country is not easy. When I moved here I felt alone and I was missing my country. When I found Lourdes and the Ensemble, it felt like I was at home. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to represent Mexico and at the same time, do what I like the most: Dancing. And I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks the same. The happiness, the colors, the joy, have reach so many people. It’s amazing to see how people like and appreciate our culture.

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