Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Mexican dance impresario Amalia Hernandez on a day that would have marked her centenary.
Hernandez was born in Mexico City, the daughter of wealthy politician Lamberto Hernandez and Ava Navarro.
Amalia joined Mexico’s National School of Dance at 17 before dropping out to get married and start a family.
Realising she could not allow her true calling to go unanswered, she soon resumed her career at the Fine Arts National Institute, teaching modern choreography.
In 1952 she created the work for which she became best known, the Ballet Folklorico De Mexico, bringing her country’s folk music traditions to a world audience.
Above you can catch a flavour of this world dance institution in action from its most recent appearance in London in 2015, a production that thrilled audiences through its vibrant staging and the impassioned commitment of its performers.