The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago was founded in 1982 by José Luis and Matie Ovalle, its present artistic directors and choreographers. As Chicago's oldest Mexican dance institution, MFDC has received countless recognitions and awards, has performed for three presidents and represented Mexico in the 1994 USA World Cup opening ceremony, as well as numerous national television performances and prestigious fvenues and festivals.
The company has received the distinction of performing with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at Disneyworld for UNIVISION's first Mariachi Festival; and in November 2003 shared the stage with major arts institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Sinfonnietta and the Hubbard Street Dance Co. at the Inaugural Gala of Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park. In July of 2006 Mr. and Mrs. Ovalle performed at the Smithsonian Institute's "Latino Chicago" Festival in Washington, D.C. In August 2007 and 2009, the company performed at the Festival of World Cultures in Dublin, Ireland. In February 2007 & 2008 MFDC had the privilege of performing with Mexican singing star Pepe Aguilar in UNIVISION's Premios lo Nuestro. In Early June 2008, the company and Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago were selected to participate in Mexico City's Canal Once (Channel 11) production "Del Otro Lado", held at The National Museum of Mexican Art. For six consecutive years, since 2002, the company has produced "La Noche del Son" An Evening of Mexican Soul, to unanimous acclaim. Most recently, in November 2009, the company performed with Juan Gabriel in Las Vegas at the Latin Grammys. Several prestigious performances have followed, such as our XXX anniversary production in 2013; for Sones de Mexico’s XX Anniversary concert at the Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park in 2014, and for the Annual Mariachi Festival in 2015. In June 2016 and 2017 the company participated along with other internationally acclaimed Chicago dance jewels, in the Stomping Grounds Festival produced by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, which concluded with a gala at the legendary Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University; in September as an opening for Los Tigres del Norte at Ravinia, the famous annual music festival, and on October 2016 accompanied Lila Downs and mariachi de Nati Cano in their October concert.
Fast costume changes, ringing music and festive dancing have characterized the Company's performances for almost three decades. An extensive repertoire presented in lavish costumes, worn by young, energetic dancers make MFDC's program an exciting, colorful, and yet educational experience.