Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre is a dance troupe that specializes in the teaching and performing of regional folk dances from all over Mexico. Dance classes for students ages 5- 18 are taught at four sites around the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon including Medford, Ashland, Talent and White City. The group has a Youth Performance Company composed of advanced dancers who perform regularly in the community for festivals, parades, schools and other events. Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre is a participant in the annual Danzantes Unidos Festival in California and has close ties to master dance instructors from Guanajuato, Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona.
Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre had its start as a Latino student project at South Medford High School in 1992 and became an ongoing part of the school's Latin Reflection club in 1994. In 2006 the group became part of the local non-profit Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon. Now Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre plays an active role in the community, empowering children and youth through dance, preserving folk tradtion and serving as an ambassador for the Latino community to build cultural bridges and celebrate diverse cultures.