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ANMBF Mission & History

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.

Our Core Values:

  • Offering arts and cultural opportunities to an underserved population to cultivate the growth of new audiences to ensure the continued growth of the arts in Dallas.

  • Promoting quality arts education instruction through the application of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Physical Education, and Fine Arts curriculum standards overseen by the Texas Education Agency.

  • Developing excellence in skill, nurturing self-confidence/self-esteem and advancing personal achievement through quality instruction and professional, on-stage opportunities.


ANMBF addresses the need for enriching the lives of young audiences of all ages and  across various ethnic/cultural backgrounds through a diverse array of dance and arts educational programs available year-round:

  • Dance Academy

  • Cinco De Mayo & Hispanic Heritage Month Productions

  • After-School Programming & Summer Camps


Our goal is to provide diverse and educational programming that couples physical movement and activity with cultural and historical knowledge. We offer a dynamic dance program that feature a recital and we provide the costuming for most of the children. We also offer a series of dance theater programs that utilize educational books

History of ANMBF

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.


Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization in 1981, the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico strives to increase the awareness of folklorico as an educational art form that reflects history, geography, physical fitness and most importantly, culture. Through its diverse programs, ANMBF helps young people of all ages and races achieve awareness of the Hispanic heritage that has so influenced and enriched our modern society. ANMBF is considered the largest professional Ballet Folklorico Company in the United States. It has been a trailblazer in the Dallas Hispanic arts and educational community.


In 1990, ANMBF produced its first season of professional dances employing dancers trained in Mexico. The Professional Company Members as well as the Mini Professional Ensemble, Children’s Ensemble and Junior Company Members serve as ambassadors of the Hispanic culture for the citizens of Dallas. 


ANMBF has produced professional performances at the Latino Cultural Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Bath House Cultural Center, Majestic Theatre, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and the Moody Performance Hall. Educational performances specifically designed for young audiences have been seen by more than 1,000,000 students over the past ten years. In 2004, ANMBF was announced as one of the resident companies for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Even today, in 2019, ANMBF is still the leader in giving students an educational experience.


In 2020, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico is excited to celebrate 45 years since its founding and continues Mrs. Anita Martinez' dream.