Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico de Texas Records
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A second generation Mexican American, Roy Lozano was born in 1954 in Alice, TX. Growing up, he spent his summers in Mexico watching his father play baseball, but of particular interest to him in childhood was Mexican music and dance. He began formally studying folklorico dance at the age of 15. In 1975, he enrolled at the University of Texas to study biology and dance. As a freshman he co-founded the UT Ballet Folklorico student group. Later, he became a principal dancer for the famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amelia Hernandez.
Lozano returned to Austin in 1982 and founded Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas (RLBFT) to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice and performance of Mexican Regional Folk Ballet. RLBFT is chartered as a non-profit cultural and educational organization. Lozano trained all age groups for competition, instilled a sense of heritage and history in the Mexican American community, and he kept the style current and modern by returning yearly to Mexico to study regional styles. For many years the company performed an annual performance at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. His troupe performed for Queen Elizabeth of England at the State Capital, and they continue to perform every year on the troupe's anniversary at the Zilker Hillside Theater.
Roy Lozano passed away due to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994. Today, RLBFT continues under the leadership of Artistic Director Jesus "Chuy" Chacon.
The administrative files, event flyers, programs, and financial records in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1986 to 2000. As a non-profit RLBFT has a Board of Directors and the administrative file includes meeting minutes along with a mailing list, correspondence, financial records from the mid-1980s. Also included are programs, posters, flyers, tickets and a press release for performances from 1986 through 2000. In addition there are newspaper clippings about Lozano's illness and his obituary.
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Donated by a member of the Board of Directors of RLBFT.
Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas (AR.2012.013). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2012/024
Donation Date: 2011
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.
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