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Miguel Caro and the Mexican Fiesta Dance Company Papers

Identifier: MSS-1012-BC

Scope and Content

Collection comprises materials relating to Miguel Caro and the Mexican Fiesta Dance Company, including Company promotional/publicity materials such as posters and flyers announcing events and appearances; photographs of the dance company; correspondence; Mexican Fiesta Dance Company papers; publications with articles pertaining to the Company; DVD copies of performances, newspaper clippings (many with photos) and scrapbooks. Also includes a number of programs from the Ballet Folclorico Nacional Aztlan, Ballet Folklorico Aztlan and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.


  • 1967-2015

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Dancer, choreographer, costume designer, dance instructor and founder and director of the Mexican Fiesta/Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Miguel Caro Zaragoza was born in Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico. Mr. Caro trained at the Institute of Fine Art in Mexico City and began dancing professionally in 1963, touring internationally as a soloist with Amalia Hernandez’s Ballet Folklórico de Mexico and Silvia Lozano’s Ballet Folclórico Nacional de Mexico. After moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1972, Mr. Caro founded the Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company in 1983. The company’s repertoire included dances from across Mexico, including examples of Aztec dances. The company’s costumes were designed by Miguel and handmade by him and his sister, Beatriz Caro Zaragosa. In addition to his work with the Mexican Fiesta/Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company, Mr. Caro taught classes in baile folklórico—traditional Mexican folk dancing—in his private studio, at the University of New Mexico and at high schools in Albuquerque. Mr. Caro also conducted workshops at the Hispanic Cultural Center and the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. In 1999, Mr. Caro received a Bravo Award for Excellence in the Arts presented by the Albuquerque Arts Alliance, naming him educator of the year. In 2001, Mr. Caro performed his signature dance, El Tilingo Lingo, on “Late Show with David Letterman”. Miguel Caro died at the age of 69 on August 1, 2012, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Additional Sources: “True Passion for Dancing”, Albuquerque Journal, September 3, 2012.


2 boxes and 1 oversize folder (.5 cu. ft.)


Collection comprises materials relating to Miguel Caro and the Mexican Fiesta Dance Company of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fiinding Aid of the Miguel Caro and the Mexican Fiesta Dance Company Papers, 1967-2015
C. Geherin
© 2018
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131