Our mission at ANMBF is to create a cultural and educational foundation to unlock the potential of every child through active engagement in the arts.
Mrs. Anita N. Martinez is the genius and guiding light behind ANMBF. While Mrs. Martinez was elected to serve a city-wide-at-large district, her passion for cultural awareness and her fight for social, health and infrastructure equalities led to an outstanding record of improvements in depressed communities of West Dallas and “Little Mexico”
Anita N. Martinez is run by a very small, yet mighty team of dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Each team member brings a unique skill set to the organization to help us best realize our mission. Meet our team!
In 1975, a recreation center was built in Dallas’ economically depressed west side. Then City Councilwoman, Anita N. Martinez was instrumental in the effort. This center was the birthplace of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (ANMBF), the initial purpose of which was to instill in young people a sense of cultural pride and self-worth through the study of the traditional dance forms of Mexico.
Our dancers come from multiple backgrounds and walks of life that are incredibly proud of their heritage and seek to promote cultural awareness through their dance. They are among some of the most dedicated and intelligent individuals. Find out more about our dancers here.
Want to immerse yourself in the result of these ANMBF dancers' hardwork and dedication? Take a look at these beautiful images that capture stunning moments in recent perfomances.