The Colombian Folkloric Ballet (CFB), a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, was formed in 1983 to promote and preserve the Colombian culture among the youth of the growing Colombian community of the Greater Houston area. Through education, folkloric performances (dance, music and creative expression) and presentation of cultural programs, all year-round, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, CFB’s mission is to create an open forum of cultural exchange, and disseminate the unique Colombian culture in the United States, particularly in the Greater Houston area.
CFB’s high artistic and cultural merit is recognized through numerous invited cultural performances staged at renowned auditoriums throughout the USA. The CFB, selected among numerous nation-wide competitive companies, performed at the award show central of the prime-time 9th Latin Grammy held at the Houston’s Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 with a telecast aired to 30 countries for an estimated 80-million world-wide audience. This was Houston’s greatest worldwide cultural exposure in the most recent years. Videos show the vibrant standing ovation, including from all celebrities present, from the start-to-end of the CFB unique performance (ultimately the sole company representing Houston talent) which broke records of the Latin Grammy.
CFB has brought from Colombia numerous well-known artists as visiting choreographers to help stage its two-hour folkloric performance entitled “Mi Colombia” (formerly, "Colombia Unica"). "Mi Colombia” has been performed in several major American cities and is presented with a renewed repertoire annually at the Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Through dances and music, the spectator is visually transported to the five different regions that typify the Colombian dance and music: the Andes, the Atlantic Coast, the Eastern Plains, the Pacific Coast, and the Amazons.
Active year-round, CFB provides 12 hours per week of intensive training in folkloric ballet as well as classical ballet, modern dances, and jazz to approximately 30 dancers, included among them exceptional at-risk youth and professional dancers from different ethnic backgrounds of the multicultural communities of Houston. In addition to weekly dance classes and numerous performances, CFB dancers are taken regularly to performances of the Houston Ballet and Houston Theater District Broadway musicals to enhance their training in dance. In keeping with its mission to create an open forum for cultural exchange, CFB has members of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.