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About BFLA

Ballet Folklórico Los Angelitos (BFLA) was founded in 2005 and provides a distinctive opportunity for the youth of Casa Hogar Los Angelitos and youth throughout the community of Manzanillo.
BFLA, the performance dance company, grew out of the Expressive Arts program at Casa Hogar Los Angelito with around 30 performance members on the tour.

BFLA has toured nationally and internationally since 2009 and currently is under the artistic direction of Maestra Marisol González González. Graduating with multiple degrees and a former member of the prestigious touring folkloric dance company of the University of Colima, Marisol has taught folkloric dance in many companies, and ages across the board. She joined BFLA in 2013.

“My goal is to show the children and youth that they can acheive all they want in life, using dance as a way to grow personally.”
Maestra Marisol González González

The BFLA youth develop life-changing values, cultural and social skills, self-discipline and confidence, and ways to help to overcome traumas of their past. It has become an incentive for scholastic excellence, a vehicle for learning through world travel, opening opportunities for university scholarships, and producing the power to thrive in their community and life.
As a youth leadership program, all the members of the ballet must pass pre-requisites to become a member; including maintaining excellent grades, a positive attitude and the desire to participate in a demanding schedule of practices and performances. The entire program consists of around 70 members ranging in age from 6 to mid-20’s.
Members of BFLA represent their country with love, pride and dedication. We feel it is important for people to see how young people with limited opportunities can achieve their goals while helping people get to know the magic and color of Mexico represented through dance.
“The expressive arts help these children release their identity of pain and allows them to be the young person they are, in the moment experiencing the joy of the creative process.”
Don A Phelps, Ph. D

LCSW Professor of Social Work, Aurora University

About CHLA

Casa Hogar Los Angelitos (CHLA) is a unique children’s home rescuing and caring for children from infancy and up. These children find a safe place to call home, regardless of previous circumstances (abandonment, abuse, extreme poverty, or orphaned). CHLA provides 24-hour care in a family-like setting with emotional, mental and medical care, spiritual foundation, and education – from preschool through trade school or university.

The Expressive Arts (all arts) are part of the daily life at CHLA and it has proven to be invaluable in helping children to heal emotional traumas, stay focused in school, and encourages self-confidence. The emphasis on the arts sets CHLA apart and helps to make it a unique and successful program.

CHLA strives to provide a solid foundation and opportunities for the youth to grow and become positive, productive adults in their community.

The founder, Nancy Nystrom, started CHLA in 1995 as a “soup kitchen” serving children living on the streets and in extreme poverty in Manzanillo and 1996 she opened CHLA’s doors as the full-time children’s home. Today, CHLA cares for an average of 80 children at any given time today. CHLA’s major funding comes from individuals, businesses, fundraising events, grants and service clubs.

About TCF

The Children’s Foundation International was founded with the opening of the children’s home, Casa Hogar Los Angelitos. TCF works to build awareness, provide opportunities and provide funding for Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, The Expressive Arts program and Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos. TCF is a 501c3 program and is a primary sponsor for BFLA.

For more information on these programs and to donate to BFLA, please visit:

 “I believed that providing nutrition for hungry children was life-saving work. Empty stomachs need to be filled. Now I know that to make lasting change, we must fill their hearts and minds as well.”

Nancy Nystrom

Founder , The Children’s Foundation International, Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, and Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos

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Loveland CO 80539

(970) 402-2272

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