Ballet Hispanic of the Arts
Maestra Lisette Guerrero
Ms. Lisette James is a professional Folklorico dancer, teacher, choreographer, and architect whose artistic name is Lisette Guerrero. She began dancing Folklorico at the age of 5 in her home town of Acapulco, Guerrero.
As an amateur, she began taking her Mexican heritage more seriously when she and her junior high ensemble, Ballet Folklorico Bonampak, from the Escuela Secundaria Técnica #92, won first place at the city's regional competition. Later they won 2nd place in the Estate of Guerrero competition. The instructor encouraged all the members of this ensemble to enroll in the Instituto de la Danza Mexicana en Acapulco (the most antique, traditional and prestigious dance school from the Estate of Guerrero), where they all finished their associates in Artistic Education specializing in Ballet Folklorico. Ms. James graduated as a teacher when she was only 17 years old. While studying to become a teacher, she was invited to start as a professional dancer at the Ballet Folklorico Guerrerense de Pedro Cano, giving her the opportunity to perform at the most important hotels in Acapulco: Princess, Las Brisas, Vidafel, Grand Meigas, Hyatt Regency, and Condesa, as part of their show. She performed for 7 years until she graduated from college and moved to Dallas. In Dallas she performed, choreographed, taught and assisted Alvaro Rosales the artistic director of Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico from 2000 to 2004. She was also in charge of the Children’s Company at ANMBF. Later on she worked as a coordinator, professional dancer and teacher at the Academy of Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company for 2 years until she moved back to Mexico to work as an architect. From 2008 to 2010 she performed for the Hotel Presidente dance company in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, where besides performing Folklorico, she had the chance to perform other dance styles like tropical jazz, salsa, and merengue.
Her goal is to share her passion for Mexican Traditions with people of all ages and enjoys teaching and choreographing Folklorico. Her hobbies include experimenting with contemporary Folklorico choreographies and she loves spending time with her beloved husband and twin baby girls.