Grupo Folklorico Tlapalli was founded in 1996 at
Jr. High School..
Our studio is currently located at two venues one in
at the Sun Gallery and one in Livermore at Junction School.
Our mission is to spread Mexican culture and
tradition through dance.
We impart Mexican traditions to new generations who
may not have the
opportunity to live them first hand.
The name of the group was derived from an ancient
by the Mexicans before the Spanish conquest. The word
many meanings depending on the context used, but the meaning we
impart here is "a place of
José Somoza is the Director and one of the founders
Folklorico Tlapalli.José started dancing in 1988 at the age of 10
with the Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno. In 1996,
with Javier Silva and
Leticia Somoza, began Grupo Folklórico Tlapalli as part
of an after
school tutoring program in Hayward. In
2007 José along with his
brought the group to Livermore and now the group is made of
from both Livermore and Hayward schools.
The group prides itself in preserving Mexican folk
dancing at its most
authentic level without resorting to more modern touches
other groups in this genre.
On November 5, 2016 the group will have its 20th
Presentation at Livermore High School 600 Maple Street,
The show will start at
prices are set at a modest $10.00
per person so that the whole
come enjoy a nice evening of lively dances
from our neighbors to