How can I join Grupo Folklórico Miztontli?
All you need to do is get in contact with us. You can either do this by filling out the contact form in this website or come to one of our practices.
For practice information click here.
Are there any requirements to join?
AGE REQUIREMENT: Because we are a student organization and not a company with our own facilities, we cannot accept students younger than 16. Also, student younger than 18 will need parental permission before joining.
No, there are no requirements. We are a UA student organization and anyone, student or not, may join our group. You don't even need to have previous experience dancing folklórico because we will teach you.
Is there a membership fee?
Yes. Membership dues are as follows:
$25/year (if paid in the fall)
FALL: September 7th
SPRING: February 7th
Do I need to buy a costume?
Most likely, no. We have costumes available for use, but if you already have one, that's awesome. However, you will need to buy personal items, such as boots or dance shoes and practices skirts for the girls. Guys will need to buy their own costumes, but we provide hats, sashes, and bows.
Is there a time commitment?
Not necessarily. If you pay the membership dues, you are welcomed to come to practice whenever you can make it. However, please keep the following two exception in mind:
1. If you want be part of a performance, you must commit yourself to come to ALL the practices for the TWO WEEKS before the performance.
2. If you wish to partake in Miztontli-sponsored events (socials, get-togethers, retreats, etc), there will be requirements that include participating in a number of events, which are made up of a combination of performances, fundraising events, and other group events.
Also, please note that in order to perform you must know the dances well enough, especially if you'll be doing a solo. So, as long as the requirements mentioned above are kept, there is no other time commitment in you part.
What are the benefits of joining?
Great question! The grand majority of our members (if not all of them) join mainly because they see ballet folklórico as way of expressing their culture to others and as a getaway from daily routines. However, because we know that a club must also help their members in different ways, beginning on FALL 2011, GFM will begin offering the following services to all ACTIVE and ASSOCIATE members:
Are there any leadership opportunities?
YES! If you become a Miztontli Member AND are a UA Student, you have the opportunity to run for election to one of the Executive Member (Officer) Positions. These may include the following, depending on the need for officers:
** Choreographers do not have to be UA students, but they MUST be committed to teaching beginner to advanced students.
What is ballet folklórico?
Ballet folklórico is Mexican folk dance that is performance based. There are different regions, such as Jalisco, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, Sinaloa, and others that are specific to the different states of Mexico, all of which have different regional costumes and music.
What regions does Grupo Folklórico Miztontli perform?
Miztontli has performed various regions since its inception. Currently, Miztontli has the following regions available to choose from.
However, because Miztontli membership is always changing, please inquire about what is available.
Is Miztontli available for performances?
Yes! Miztontli is available for performance during the Fall and Spring and sometimes in the Summer.
We can performing for public events or private gatherings. In the past, Miztontli has performed at private events like dinner and weddings. For public events, we have performed at Tucson Meet Yourself, Graduations, and for many other non-profit and for-profit events.
HOWEVER, we do have a policy for performance requests.
Miztontli has a 2-weeks notice policy for performances. If anyone is interested in having Miztontli perform, we need to be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the performance for us to accept it.
Are there other requirements to request a performance?
Yes, we do have some requirements for performances (all of which are filled out when you submit our online PERFORMANCE REQUEST FORM).
We must know the following information:
Also, you must be understand that we are STUDENT GROUP, made up mostly of UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. As students, we have classes and jobs. Therefore, please understand if we cannot perform due to conflicts with our students schedules. Aside from this, weekends and lat afternoons/evenings work best for us.
Is there a fee for performances?
As a student organization, we perform for donations. There is a recommended donation of $50 per couple per hour. However, it depends on your budget and how much you are able to donate.
However, we do ask that you take the following into consideration when deciding on the amount you would like to donate to the group for the performance:
Also, because we are a student organization, we can write a tax letter and/or invoice that you can use for tax purposes.
IMPORTANT: If we must provide our own speaker/sound system, we do have a small $10.00 fee (which is separate from the donation).
What about performances for non-profits or school events?
Even though a donation would be appreciated, we understand that this is sometimes not possible. If this is the case and the performance is for a charity, non-profit, awareness event, or for a school, we are happy to work with you without worrying about a donation. Just be sure to contact us and we'll be more than glad to make special arrangements.
What other services can Grupo Folklórico Miztontli offer?
At the request of a school, Miztontli members may go and speak to a class about their individual university/college experience. Furthermore, Miztontli is also available to teach small workshops for BEGINNER or ADVANCED BEGINNER students at schools (Elementary thru High School).