Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago

Chicago, IL   |  http://www.mexfoldanco.org

Mission

MISSION : To perpetuate the traditional dance, music, song, dress and history of Mexico. To increase the Mexican progeny’s knowledge and the public’s awareness of such heritage.

Notes from the nonprofit

A list of over 342 Awards, Grants and Recognitions can be found at http://www.mexican-folkloric-dance-chicago.net

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr. Jose Luis Ovalle

Vice President

Mrs. Mati M. Ovalle

Main address

3842 S. Archer Ave.

Chicago, IL 60632-1014 USA

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EIN

36-3249227

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Main need is income. The past decades were a low point in MFDC's 40-year existence. In the 90s income was near $100,000. The drop was twofold. 1. In the 80s & 90s MFDC was the only troupe providing high level shows with live music. Then other groups formed charging little or nothing for their services that cut into MFDC's income. 2. The recession of the 2000s caused a loss of funding to granters such as the Illinois Arts Council Agency's Arts Tour program & the Governor's International Touring grant that provided funds for 2 Ireland tours. The Arts Tour program was reactivated & provides a 50% to 75% grant for our services. However, many do not have the personnel nor the time to draft an application. New application requirements are more demanding & disqualifies many potential presenters. How can MFDC address this? One way is to have an audit; to open doors to high level granters. But audits cost money. The pandemic caused drop in income & has been addressed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mexican Folkloric Dance

1. Mexican Folkloric Dance instruction and reheasals to
children, teens and adults five days per week.

2. MFDC showcases the richness of Mexican culture and
heritage through festive dancing, diverse musical
melodies and breath taking costumes. Suites reflect pre-
Columbian indigenous, Spanish Colonialism, French
Intervention, other European and Eastern cultures,
Caribbean, the 1910 Mexican Revolution and the modern.

The mixture of all these elements served to develop the present dance and music culture that is “Just Mexican” and unique. Performances are fast-paced and non-stop with many quick costume changes.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Adults

The Chicago Park District provides free studios and storage space at Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th Street and at Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st Street.

https://assets.chicagoparkdistrict.com/s3fs-public/documents/Programs/Culture%20&%20Arts/APIR/Arts%20Partner%20in%20Residence%20Program-Application-2018.pdf

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated NonProfit 2021

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Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Chicago Park District Arts Partners in Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

About half were private events such as weddings and Quinceneras. About 15 were for Ravinia Park & the Stomping Grounds program of the Human Rhythm Project. 4 were events by Sones de Mexico Ensemble.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Mexican Folkloric Dance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

3 were appearances on WGN TV news to promote Cinco de Mayo/Hispanic Heritage Month. 1 was a TV dance to promote Stomping Grounds shows. In 2021, 1 was a virtual video for students.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The $40 price is for the annual company anniversary show at venues such as the Harris Theater and the Studebaker Theater. Other presenters have charged about $10.

Total number of off-site performances held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Mexican Folkloric Dance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All performances were off site except one for the Chicago Children's Choir. It came to MFDC's studio for a workshop and a performance with a lecture on Mexican History through dance.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Mexican Folkloric Dance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The anniversary shows have been consistent sellouts or near sellouts.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals have been the same since the company was formed in 1982.
1. To continually recruit new dancers.
2. To increase the number of performances so as to increase income.
3. To add new dance suites every few years. This requires money that may cost from $2,000 to $4,000 for costumes.

A new goal, caused by the pandemic, has been added.
4. To increase grant applications to recover lost revenue caused by the pandemic.

1. Recruiting new dancers has been more difficult because of the new groups that have been formed which
reduces the recruiting areas. To entice new dancers MFDC advertises its professionalism and larger repertoire
with live music to dance to.
Social media exposure has been the main recruiting method. In this regard MFDC promotes its performances
with mega stars such as with the late Juan Gabriel, with Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi
Cobre and Mariachi Los Camperos. Also, that the company has toured Mexico and Ireland. And the fact that
MFDC is the only Mexican dance company in the Illinois Arts Council
Agency's Artist Roster catalog.

2. The main strategy is to promote the company's professionalism by informing prospective presenters of the
high quality shows that MFDC presents. Similar to item 1 above. And by informing them of the Illinois Arts
Council Agency's Arts Tour grant.

3. Adding new repertoire has slowed a bit but still has been done every two or three years. Money will be set aside
to continue to accomplish this. This has now been accomplished with an Illinois Humanities grant of $5,000 and a Chicago's Cultural Treasures grant of $140,000; both in 2021.

4. Create a committee to draft grant applications because it is more than just a one-person job. This is being approached by the expansion of the board.

MFDC's capabilities have been positive since it was formed. It has become more difficult but still can be done. Planning and saving for an audit have become a priority so that applications to granters, that require an audit, can be approached. The expansion of the board will make this easier to accomplish as with the $152,000 in grants that were awarded in 2020 and 2021.

So far MFDC has accomplished the addition of new repertoire when it added a new suite, with new costumes, for its 36th anniversary show at the Studebaker Theater.

MFDC has recruited 10 new dancers.

There was a slight increase in the grants from Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Also, four other grants totaling $152,000 have assured the company's future for the next three to four years.

An expanded board has been created to share the work. and goals.

Financials

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Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago

Board of directors
as of 4/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jose Luis Ovalle

The Autism Project of Illinois

Term: 1983 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mrs Mati Ovalle

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Term: 1987 - 2024

Jose Ovalle

The Autism Project of Illinois

Mati Ovalle

Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Henry Roa

Retired

Marisol Bucio

Ezperanza Health Centers

Arney Ruiz

Independat Accountant Association of Illinois

Juan Rangel

Empower Illinois

Roxanne Nava

Metropolitan Family Services

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.