Current Members


Diana Lopez

Position: Co-President
College: Ezra Stiles ‘19
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

She’s a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and she’s majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. “My favorite thing about Ballet Folklorico is how close all the members get to one another. I’ve found a lot of my best friends through this group and value how much dancing folklorico makes me appreciate my Mexican heritage.” Her favorite shows are The Office, Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and House of Cards. Her favorite song (right now) is Fantasy by Mariah Carey.

Alfredo Arroyo

Position: Co-President
College: Benjamin Franklin ‘19
Major: Molecular, Biophysics, & Biochemistry
Hometown: La Puente, California

He’s a junior majoring in Molecular, Biophysics, and Biochemistry and he’s from La Puente, California. His favorite thing about the group: “Hanging out with great people while learning about my culture through dance.” His favorite show is Parks and Recreation and his favorite song is “En El Muelle De San Blas” by Maná.

Nathan Nuñez

Position: Treasurer
College: Morse ‘20
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Cudahy, California

                        He’s a sophomore from Cudahy, California, and he’s majoring in Computer Science. “My favorite thing about the group is that everyone has been so welcoming despite the fact that I have not done something like this before.” His favorite show is Steven Universe and his favorite song is “Long Time” by Chance the Rapper. 

Diana Saavedra

Position: Wardrobe Manager
College: Trumbull ‘20
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Jose Lopez

Position: Artistic Director
College: Benjamin Franklin ‘18
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

He’s a senior from Westlake, LA, California. His major is Chemistry and he’s also an Education Studies Scholar. Jose’s favorite thing about the group: “The people! Folklórico was something I hadn’t done before coming to Yale, but learning fun songs was so much more awesome next to such a funny and caring group of people that I consider my family here at Yale.” His favorite shows are Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Clone Wars. His favorite songs are “Emma Blowgun’s Last Stand” by Beulah and “Momma” by Kendrick Lamar.

Alfredo Calvo

Position: Artistic Director
College: Pierson ‘20
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Thornton, Colorado

Alfredo is a sophomore & a Political Science major from Thornton, Colorado. “My favorite thing about BFMdY is this group of people that makes BF I love how we’ll always be laughing at practice (for better or worse), all while I reconnect to my heritage.” His favorite shows are House of Cards, Spongebob (old stuff only!), and Black Mirror. His favorite song is Slide by Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos.

Nadia Balderas

Position: Artistic Director
College: Pierson ‘20
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

She’s a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas. Her major is still undeclared but she’s deciding between Political Science or Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Her favorite thing about the group: “Reminds me of home and is super fun while also being rewarding.”  Her favorite shows are Parks and Recreation and Jane the Virgin. Her favorite song (right now) is “Get it Together” by Drake, Black Coffee, and Jorja Smith.

Joseph Valdez

Position: Publicity Manager
College: Trumbull ‘19
Major: Computer Science & Psychology
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

He’s a junior from Dallas, Texas and he’s majoring in Computer Science and Psychology. “My favorite thing about BFMdY is how the group is so cohesive and like a family. It helps that everyone is funny and easy to get along with.” His favorite show is Jersey Shore and his favorite song is “Higher” by Rihanna.

Ariel Sanchez

Year: 2019
College: Jonathan Edwards
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Yonkers, New York

He’s a junior from Yonkers, New York and he’s doubling in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Philosophy.  ”I love the fact that we can bring such a beautiful dance culture to many local venues in the fall. I also really love that even though everyone comes with such different dance backgrounds we are so willing to work with everyone.” His favorite show is Last Week Tonight or Criminal Minds. His favorite song is “El Verdadero Amor Perdona” by Mana featuring Prince Royce, or “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

Jennifer Gonzalez

Year: 2018
College: Ezra Stiles
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Hometown: New Haven, Connecticut

Jennifer is a senior from New Haven, majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Her favorite thing about BFMdY: “The Beautiful Folks that work hard and are funny and talented and make this group so fun to be a member of!” Jennifer’s favorite show is Better Call Saul (currently) and her favorite song is My Life by Billy Joel (currently).

 Jesus Yanez

 Year: 2019
 College: Trumbull
 Major: History
 Hometown: West Haven, Connecticut

 Christopher Vargas

 Year: 2019
 College: Silliman
 Major: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
 Hometown: Lennox, California

He’s a senior majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and he’s from Lennox, California. “BFMdeY has provided me a space where I can share the dankest of memes while working to preserve and further grow my appreciation for Mexican heritage through dance. I have truly found a family here in BF and I will never forget the many laughs and forever cherish the great #squadgoalz moments we have all shared together.” His favorite show is Breaking Bad and his favorite song is “Sleepwalk” by Santo and Johnny.

Topiltzin Gomez

Year: 2018
College: Hopper 
Major: Ethics, Politics, & Economics
Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois

He’s a senior from Waukegan, Illinois, and he’s majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. His favorite thing about the group: “Learning about the distinct dances and music of Mexico. I love how the songs get stuck in your head.” Topiltzin’s favorite show is Avatar the Last Airbender and his favorite song is “In Exile” by Thrice.

Krystal Morin

Year: 2019
College: Silliman
Major: Ethnicity, Race, & Migration
Hometown: Tulare, California

She is class of 2017.5, majoring in Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and she is from Tulare, California. “I love that this group allows me to engage with my Mexican heritage through dance and with some of the best people I’ve met at Yale.” Her favorite TV show is Broad City (currently) and her favorite songs are “Lover is a Day” by Cuco and “Todo Cambio” by Becky G.

Alejandra Campos

Year: 2019
College: Ezra Stiles
Major: Latin American Studies
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

She’s a junior from Bogota, Colombia and St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and she’s majoring in Latin American Studies. “I like when we bond in and out of rehearsal time. I have had some of my best laughs while trying to smile while dancing or when we get together to play board games and dance!” Her favorite show is The Tudors and her favorite song is “La Tierra del Olvido” by Carlos Vives.