Adriana Villalva, at the age of 23, is the founder of Alma y Corazón Tejano Ballet Folklórico. Adriana started developing her passion for ballet folklórico at the age of 3 years old when, after attending a local ballet folklórico performance, she asked her parents to enroll her in her first ballet folklórico class.
Throughout the years, Adriana has received some of the highest quality of training in ballet folklórico from maestros and instructors locally and in Mexico. This training has allowed Adriana to provide thousands of community service hours by performing and teaching at hundreds of public events. Adriana was a member and choreographer of the debut ballet folklórico performance at the world-renowned Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas. Adriana has competed in numerous folklórico competitions and has won numerous solo, duet, and group awards.
Since February 2008, Adriana has been teaching ballet folklórico choreography and dance technique to students ranging in ages from 3 years old to over 40. Adriana currently provides weekly instruction to academy class students and performing company members. Although Adriana places a huge emphasis on dance and her students, she is also very passionate about school, as she recently graduated with an Associates of Science in Biology and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Abigail Escalon began dancing professionally at the age of 17. Abigail started dancing with Alma y Corazon Tejano Ballet Folklorico within the first months of its existence. Her love for ballet folklórico began when she was in elementary school in Mexico.
Since beginning dancing at the age of 17, Abigail has not only received training in ballet folklórico from maestros and instructors locally and in Mexico, but also from notorious trailblazers in the Zumba world as well. Abigail is not only an instructor of ACTBF's academy classes, but is also certified in Zumba as well. Abigail has competed in folklórico competitions and has won numerous group awards, both for herself and her students.
Since August 2014, Abigail has been teaching ballet folklórico choreography and dance technique to our academy students. Abigail currently provides weekly instruction to academy class students and assists with the development of our performing company members. In addition to dancing, Abigail recently graduated with an Associates degree in Social Work, and now enjoys her career as a social worker.