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Ballet Nepantla at the University of North Florida

nepantla dancers

Through a fusion of Mexican folklorico, contemporary dance, classical ballet and West African dance, Nepantla evokes stories about Mexican and Mexican-American people, about family, love, and about struggles and triumphs. Ballet Nepantla erases boundaries between dance forms and explores what it means to be from the borderlands - both as a geographical place and a state of mind. Ballet Nepantla tells stories to provoke the imagination of audiences and to help our society see the beauty of our community.


Two performances were held on Sept. 23 and 24 in the Andrew Robinson Theater on the University of North Florida campus.

Over 1,200 students, faculty, staff and the northeast Florida community attended the spectacular event. A gathering was held after the Sunday performance where UNF leaders and community members talked with the dancers and musicians to learn more about the stories behind the dances and music. The Monday performance included a question and answer session with the performances. An open rehearsal was held in which students and community members viewed the preparation activity of Ballet Nepantla, including a warm up class, a run through the show, “marking” the floor, etc. A Master Class was held where student dancers got to work directly with the Nepantla dancers. A Brown bag interactive seminar was held that discussed innovative approaches universities can take in engaging the communit. This was facilitated by Dr. Francisco Guajardo, who is a community engagement scholar and the Executive Director of the B3 Institute, a university-wide office at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRVG) that facilitates the process of UTRVG becoming the first bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate public university in the United States.


  • Brooks College of Health
  • Coggin College of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Hicks Honors College
  • Center for Urban Education and Policy
  • Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Department of Diversity Initiatives
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Asian Students in Alliance
  • Black Student Union

This event was partially funded by Student Life and Services Fees.

nepantla dancers on stage