Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández

artistic director

Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández is the daughter of Mexico’s national treasure and world dance icon, Amalia Hernández, and Argentine writer Joaquín Basanta. Basanta’s training with contemporary legends such as Alvin Nikolai, Hania Holm, Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey facilitated her 20+ year career as principal soloist and soloist with Amalia Hernández’s Ballet Folklórico de México. She has been recognized around the world for her interpretation of her mother’s works, Los Maya, Sones Antiguos de Michoacán, and her interpretation of La Juana Gallo from La Revolución Mexicana. Basanta also directs México en Movimiento, where she has captured the rich history and essence of Mexico, past and present, with a vocabulary of movement that speaks to a sophisticated and international audience.

In 2018, she inaugurated the Ballet de México de Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández USA with Elisa Fulks, together they lead a series of workshops and dance master classes in different states and cities of the United States as a satellite program of ACADEZ, Amalia Hernández Dance Academy. Basanta has collaborated and created works for the Minería Symphony and the National Symphony of Mexico. His most recent ballets include the world premiere of La Mulata de Córdoba at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Maria, Lara y Sus Mujeres, Homenaje a Hidalgo, De la Caña a Carnaval, México Ayer y Hoy, and Fandango en Rojo. His unique approach to blending history, folklore, and contemporary movement is matched by the changing demographic and image of America today.

Elisa Fulks

General Director
Elisa Adame Fulks is a multifaceted person with a passion for the arts, in particular classical ballet. From an early age she was involved in the world of dance and developed a deep love for the VAGANOVA technique after taking lessons from Tatiana Chevtchenko, a prima ballerina with the Kiev Ballet in Russia.
In 1990, Elisa won a competition in Los Angeles, California, and received a scholarship to participate in the experimental school of Ballet Folklórico de México, founded by the legendary Amalia Hernández.
Throughout her career, Elisa has balanced her love of the arts with her work in telecommunications, and is currently a successful businesswoman.
In 2015, Elisa reconnected with Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández, and their shared passion for dance and community led to the creation of the New Ballet of Mexico in the United States. As the driving force behind the organization, Elisa handles all administrative and organizational aspects of ballet in the United States, ensuring its success and continued growth. Her dedication to the arts and her community is an inspiration to all who know her.
“Our true victories are found in the embrace of joy; The measure of success, by happiness we draw it.”

Viviana Amalia Álvarez Basanta

Marketing Director

She was born into a family that is dedicated to the arts, particularly dance, but with the characteristic of always having a deep love and respect for Mexico. Daughter of the dancer and choreographer Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández and the architect Benito Álvarez and granddaughter of Amalia Hernández, creator of the Ballet Folklorico de México. From a very early age she took classes with various great ballet and folklore teachers, first at her grandmother’s house so that she could see their work and progress and then at the Ballet School, her mother also took her to drink courses elsewhere to complement their training. She decides to pursue her humanist passion and studies International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana, upon finishing she ventures to work on issues related to human rights, migration and against human trafficking.

He then studied a Master’s in Human Rights at the University of Castilla la Mancha. He also began to dance in the Ballet Folklorico de México and at the same time felt the deep need to increase his knowledge of Mexican traditions and Popular Folklore, so he took on the task of going to live the tradition in different places at the same time. While joining the Folkloric Dance Degree at ESDAF Zitlalkiahuitl, she also decided to prepare to teach classes by completing the Folkloric Dance Pedagogy diploma at the Ballet School.
Her passion for dance and for Mexico also leads her to want to make her culture known by giving classes outside of Mexico and throughout the American Union with Ballet de México and opening possibilities for study and knowledge by opening Amalia Hernández Arts Academy with a diploma about the festivals and traditions of Mexico. He is currently about to finish a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy of the Arts and works at the Ballet Folklorico de México both in the artistic part and in other diverse tasks that the institution requires.

Tatiana del Carmen Álvarez Basanta

Tatiana del Carmen studied ballet and folklore since she was two years old. She began at her grandmother’s house and later at the Amalia Hernández School of the Ballet Folklorico de México. She also studied ballet in the intensive modality at the Arcelia de la Peña School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Anahuac University. He was a member of Amalia Hernández’s Company of the Ballet Folclórico de México and performed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Castillo de Chapultepec.
She is currently studying for a Ballet Degree through the Imperial Society of Teachers in London and has a Diploma in Folk Dance Pedagogy. She has been part of the Amalia Hernández Dance Academy (Acadez) for more than 20 years, where she teaches ballet, folklore, modern dance, lyrical jazz, hip hop and aerial dance.