For Ángel Ciro Silvestre, having Mercedes Betancourt as a teacher changed his life. She was his teacher of Physical Education and dance at the Club de Leones Secondary School number 59 in Mexico City, at which time he had Eduardo Ruiz, as a dance teacher and founder of the Tezcatlipoca Dance Workshop at the National School of Teachers. .
“That’s right, thanks to them I dedicate myself to scenic Mexican dance, as a performer and as a teacher today.” He said that from a very young age, being a professional dancer, he offered presentations and conferences in various national and international forums to share theoretical knowledge about folklore, “this must be symmetrical, from dance practice, in the life of folk dancers”.
The year 1980 was outstanding, an occasion in which he joined teaching with dance. Since then, he has uninterruptedly been a teacher of traditional Mexican dance in various educational subsystems and folk groups in the country.
He shared that when he was a teenager and about to turn 18, “he didn’t even have a voter’s credential”, he founded the student folk dance group “Ixtililton” with his classmates from the National School of Teachers. That gave him the experience to create, in 1986, the Popular Dance Ensemble of the Technical Secondary School number 3.
Ángel Ciro Silvestre is aware that the dissemination and promotion of our dances must be constant, which is why he is interested in founding the Folkloric Ballet of Veracruz, a dance company that he directs artistically and that has had presentations in Canada, Cuba, USA, Venezuela, France. , Italy, Spain. Also in Asia they have been invited to be in Singapore, as ambassadors of the cultural image of the State Government and other institutions such as the municipality of Xalapa, the Veracruz Institute of Culture (IVEC), the Secretary of Education of Veracruz (SEV) and the General Directorate of Baccalaureates.
Still a boy, in 1978 he entered the Folkloric Ballet of the Veracruzana University as a dancer, an important university artistic group founded by Miguel Vélez Arceo, with Ángel Ciro Silvestre as his successor. He was appointed Artistic Director of that important international dance company, a position that he leaves in 2019, upon retiring from our Maximum House of Studies.
He has taught workshops in the United States, as well as in France, Spain and Venezuela, in addition to winning various prizes in dance competitions with his choreographies.
He gave master classes at the International Folklore Festival of Cusset, France 2000 and before more than 1,500 people in the Central Park of the City of Jaca, within the International Festival of the Pyrenees, in Spain in 2001.
Among the acknowledgments received throughout his educational and artistic work, the “A Life in Dance” Prize stands out, granted by the National Institute of Fine Arts and a Recognition by the Congress of the State of Veracruz.
Since 1992, he founded, directs and teaches to the present the Intensive Courses of Continuing Education in Dance for Teachers, in the centenary educational institution for arts and crafts of the city of Xalapa, the Industrial School “Concepción Quirós Pérez”, whose purpose is to give them teachers who had no training in dance or danced on stage, the tools to be able to transmit Mexican folklore to their students in the various educational subsystems, as well as provide a greater repertoire and theoretical elements of our dance intangible cultural heritage.
He is the author of the dance section of the books for high school: The language of possibility
and of Comprehensive Art Educationof Artistik’s editions. She also created the dance section of the books: Appreciation, expression and artistic creativity I and IIfor the Veracruzana Pedagogical University and the Program of Studies of the Specialty of Dance in the after-school activities of the high schools of Veracruz.
As a well-deserved recognition to maestro Miguel Vélez Arceo, he supported the emergence of the Veracruz Folk Festival “Miguel Vélez Arceo”, instituted within the Universidad Veracruzana. He directed it in its first edition, waiting for it to be excellent, to give guidelines to all the following ones.
He is the author of the “Record la Bamba” event that has been held since 2015, a massive event that brings together, in the streets of the Historic Center of Xalapa, the largest number of jarochos and jarochas dancing La Bamba.
Currently, in addition to continuing in the General Directorate of the Folkloric Ballet of Veracruz, he continues giving lectures, giving choreographic advice, collaborations in the direction of projects and scenic folkloric dance activities and offers courses and workshops on traditional Mexican dance.
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The Folkloric Ballet of Veracruz continues with its presentations to promote Veracruz folklore.
He participated in the inauguration of “Veracruz in San Lázaro-Esplendor del Golfo”, organized at the initiative of Sergio Gutiérrez Luna, president of the Chamber of Deputies, and supported by the Tourism, Culture and Sports Council of Veracruz, chaired by Mauricio Cuevas Gayosso.
Of course, the artistic direction of all the dancers was in charge of the teacher Ángel Ciro Silvestre García, who once again showed his experience in organizing massive folk dance events, such as at the opening of the 2014 Central American Games, in Veracruz Puerto, or the inauguration of the 2016 World Folkloriada, in the city of Zacatecas.
“’Veracruz in San Lázaro’ was a program with various activities. There were exhibitions and conferences, the opening morning no one expected that at one point, unexpectedly, dozens and dozens of young people from Veracruz would emerge from the buildings that frame the plaza, all dressed in jarocho suits, who hastily dispersed throughout the city. central square to dance four of the main Sotaventinos sones: La Bruja, La Iguana, El Palomo and, of course, La Bamba”.
“Such was the impact that, in the end, all those present wanted to take pictures with the dancers, to which one smiled arm in arm with the jarochas with their fans, or the jarochos who took off their hats for the photo, causing a loss of little organization of the program. But the joy that the dance left behind was so contagious that the public did not resist joining all of them, to dance or be photographed next to them. A great event that gave a great presence of our State in CDMX”, he concluded.