About Alma Dolores Xibille

Alma Dolores Xibille is the owner and director of the International Dance Centre in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Her dance school is the only school of its kind in this area that offers a diverse selection of international dances.

Alma started dancing at the early age of 3 years old and has built her life around this cherished art. When she was thirteen years old, a program coordinator for the Lawrence Welk Show visited her home town in search of talent and was so impressed by her abilities that he offered her a weekly spot on the show. Her family felt that she was too young and out of love and respect for her family, Alma declined the offer. Just one year later, at age fourteen, she opened her first dance center in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Within a few years of opening the studio, Alma was also teaching dance in Douglas, Arizona and training in a number different dance styles all over the United States and Mexico.

Alma continued to diligently apply herself to the instruction and knowledge of dance, and at age seventeen, she was asked to direct the Ballet Folklorico for Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. Not long afterwards, Alma moved to Tucson, Arizona to continue her college education at Pima Community College and participated in assisting Angel Hernandez with directing the Ballet Folklorico. In addition to the activities she was involved in through Pima Community College, Alma worked for the Parks and Recreation and various schools in the area as a dance instructor.

In 1978 Alma married her husband, Pablo Xibille, who had just graduated from the Universtiy of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration. Together they moved to Cananea, Sonora, Mexico where she opened Academia de Danza Alma Dolores and also re-opened the studio in Agua Prieta. She directed both studios for twenty-five years while taking care of her growing family. Alma has two sons, Giovanni and Cesar, and a daughter, Nadia, whom are all accomplished in their chosen professions.

Twelve years ago Alma and her family moved to Arizona from Cananea and opened her current studio, Alma Dolores International Dance Centre. Along with receiving countless awards and recognition for her cultural contributions, Alma and her students have performed at the Mariachi Conference in Tucson, Arizona and competed in the Show Stopper Talent Competition in several states. They have performed professionally throughout the state of Sonora and Arizona with her Encuentro de dos Mundos (Two Worlds Encounter Mexico & Spain) and performed the opening number at the Art Discovery Series in Sierra Vista, Arizona in 2003. Her students have received numerous awards in regional and national competitions around the United States.

Alma and her students have been very involved in the community; dancing at fund raising and charitable events such as the Forgach House, Army Fun Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Month, Lions Club, Rotary club, Kiwanis Club, LULAC and many others. Her latest recognition was receiving the Mayor’s Art Award for the second time. She was first presented with the award in 2005 as an individual and now for a second time in 2009 for the studio as an outstanding arts organization. In addition to the Mayor’s Art Award, she has recently been awarded the Arizona Small Business Success Award and will receive those honors this coming April.

Alma has been teaching dance for forty-one plus years and her hard work and dedication go far beyond the dance studio. She shows patience and kindness to each and every student and leads by example. Her dream has always been to bring different cultures and lifestyles together through the universal art of dance and she has done just that.