Alfonso (Fonzy) Toro
Alfonso Toro (Fonsi/Fonzy) is a junior from Bell Gardens, CA in Trumbull College. He is an Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Major. He loves the beach, bike riding, dancing to rock en español, laughing uncontrollably, peace, the color red, romance, rollercoasters, and photography. He identifies strongly with Taylor Swift’s lyrics.
Ivonne is a sophomore in Branford College from East Los Angeles, California. She is a prospective Ethnicity, Race and Migration/French double major. Ivonne enjoys playing guitar, singing, songwriting, running, and hanging out with friends. She hopes to travel the world one day and is passionate about exploring and embracing cultural experiences. She has no prior dance experience, but she loves trying new things and is excited about being in Ballet Folkorico.
Andrea is a native Mexican, of pure chilango blood. She is a biology postdoc at Yale. She started dancing when she was 4 years old, and after a long break has joined BF to continue what she loves to do: dance Mexican folklore! Her favorite things include chocolate, nopales, and hot salsa.
Diana comes from Los Angeles but is also a proud Guanajuatense (Her family is from Guanajuato, Mexico). She is a Senior in Pierson and is still undecided on a major. She is interested in Latin America and hopes to somehow incorporate that interest into her studies. She likes traveling, reading Spanish literature, spending time with her family and playing with her puppies. She also likes learning new languages: she knows Spanish, some German and hopes to become fluent in Portuguese. She also likes soccer and basketball. (LAKERS all the way!) Her favorite dance is La Bruja, so grim, with SO much balance.
Karen is a proud Mexicana hailing from the suburbs of the Windy City (CHICAGOOO). She's a senior in Silliman College and a possible Political Science/ER&M double major. Her hobbies include watching Novelas, eating Tamales, and taking road trips with epic playlists including, but not limited to Selena (the original), Shakira, Mana, and anything Taylor Swift. She also enjoys watching the Bulls win, hanging out with friends, taking pictures with disposable cameras and and of course dancing in Ballet Folklorico. Her favorite Ballet Folklorico song is "La Bamba" because "You make a bow while you're dancing... HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?!" She is also an avid Tweeter.
Katherine (Katie) Aragón is a senior from San Diego, CA (West Coast best coast!) She has been dancing folklórico since high school and finds it to be a truly beautiful art form. Her favorite region to dance is Veracruz, even though wearing the billowing white dress costume makes her feel like she's about to get married. Katie is a prospective Political Science and Ethnicity, Race and Migration double major who loves food from all over the world but especially Mexican food (she could live off rice, beans, and tortillas). She is a fan of Rihanna, Chopin, and Calle 13. Katie is also currently attempting to learn Hindi, so wish her luck. People say she's all-around a swell gal!
Lindsay Pearlman is a junior in Morse College from Long Island, New York, and is a Political Science major. Her other interests include knitting, ballet, baby animals, and tea drinking. Ask her to rap Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album--she knows every song.
Lourdes "Lulu" Ortiz
Lulu was born in El Paso, TX, but she considers herself a Juarense (that is, from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico). She is a junior in Branford College (BFA!) and a possible Sociology/ER&M double major...or Sociology/Political Science...or something. Her favorite things are singing, dancing, CHOCOLATE, and her family. She loves tamales and tortas, but she also enjoys Chinese food. According to her, the best places to be at Yale are La Casa, the Golden Center, and that white couch in her room where she tends to fall asleep. And, of course, she loves Ballet Folklorico!
Sebastian Monzón is a senior from Chicago double majoring in urban studies and history of art. Being of equal Guatemalan and Mexican heritage, he enjoys exploring the similarities and differences between Hispanophone countries' cultures, especially through language (ask him for examples and he'll go on and on!) and of course, food. Most important, through BF, he found out how surprisingly wonderful, and even cathartic, learning and performing dances can be! .