Fellowships 2021

Norma Pintar was born and raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico; a colonial place located in the center of the country.

Norma started dancing at the age of five and has been dancing for over forty years in the capacity of amateur and professional. Norma’s expertise and efforts have been concentrated in Traditional Mexican Folklore, Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics and Contemporary Dance. Norma performed in a private lunch to Mexican President Luis Echeverria Alvarez. She toured Canada and the US with the Ballet Folklorico Potosino de Bellas Artes.

Norma moved to Boise, ID, 24 years ago. She has worked to deliver genuine authenticity in her performances, lectures, apprenticeships, and workshops. Norma has strived to research and meticulously re-create the folkloric traditions from the 32 artistically diverse states of Mexico in detail. This applies to the music, mechanics of steps, costumes, and accessories. Norma’s passion is the conveyance of the spirit of centuries old customs through dance. Through this, Norma builds confidence in her pupils and audience while embracing the tradition of her ancestors.

Norma’s desire is to advance her craft and share it with all people of Idaho and the United States. Norma’s achievements include the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts, several grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, as well as being one of the founders of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, serving as Dance Director.

Norma has trained six apprentices through the Folk and Traditional Arts program.

Norma Pintar