El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan High School was first established in 1990 by guidance counselor, Mr. Jaime Huertas. It started when a group of students were interested in learning a few dances to perform at the annual Cinco de Mayo Assembly. However, over the years the dance group has evolved into a performing company, similar to many of the community based Folklórico dance companies. The Logan Folklórico dance troupe has performed at many festivals, state-wide conferences, schools, and numerous public and private functions. James Logan High School has a reputation of having one of the elite high school music programs in the nation and the world. The Logan band has performed all over the USA and the World. The Auxiliary/Guard has won many world championships and Choir is one of the top high school programs in California. El Ballet Folklórico de James Logan is very proud to be part of a strong performance arts legacy. The troupe has received many accolades from the Folklórico community. Logan’s past appearances at the Danzantes Unidos Festivals (state-wide Folklórico conferences) and an audition for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival brought many kudos from veteran Folklóristas. They were so surprised a group of high school students could appear so professional on stage. Radio personality Sylvia Chácon, while at KFRC, sponsored the Logan dancers at the annual San José Cinco de Mayo Parade. The dancers brought home many winning trophies for their spectacular performances.
The dancers work very hard. Strong technique and stage presence is the focus of rehearsals. Rehearsals are four days a week and sometimes four hours on Saturday. In addition to the physical work, students MUST maintain an academically eligible GPA. Education is emphasized as the main priority.
Mr. Jaime Huertas began dancing in 1976 when he started with The Ballet Folklórico de Carlos Moreno. He has also performed with Aztlán de San Francisco, EL Ballet Folklórico Tepatitlán, and Compania México Danza. Mr. Huertas is still working with the Ballet Folklórico de Carlos Moreno in various capacities. Mr. Huertas has invited many guest instructors to teach new dances and techniques, none more important than Lisa Reynoso-Moreno. Lisa has worked with Mr. Huertas for over 15 years and has been very instrumental with the current success of the group. Her work with the girls has been invaluable. Lisa has been dancing for over 25 years beginning with Alegria de Fremont and then with Compañia México Danza of Hayward. In 2002 she started performing with The BFM and now is one of the instructors.
Jaime Huertas states, “The most difficult part of having a high school performing group, is when your seniors graduate and will not be returning. It’s like your very own children leaving home and never coming back. It is a very sad feeling, but new kids come in and the process repeats itself. I just try to keep the same intensity and consistent quality.” Upon graduation, many of the dancers continue dancing with the various professional community based Folklórico dance troupes.
The May 12th 2017 performance was the last under Mr. Huertas direction. He has passed the baton on to current Assistant Director Lisa Reynoso and former Logan Dancer and current BFM dancer, Claudia Rodriguez. Ms. Rodriguez will carry the title as director and Lisa will continue as assistant director. These two ladies will continue the legacy and make it thier own.
“Mr Jaime Huertas is more than dedicated and gives his whole heart to teaching how to beautifully express the Mexican Culture through dance. His passion for dancing and teaching has made the group what it is today.” Melissa Pérez, former dancer.