Emilio Pulido was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on October 30, 1938 and began dancing in 1957. He received his earliest Mexican folk dance training from Professor Mario Pizano, a pupil of Professor Francisco Sanchez Florez, the foremost recognized authority in the folkore of Jalisco.
In later years, Emilio was the co-founder of El Grupo Folklorico del Estado de Jalisco, which later became the world famous El Grupo Folklórico de la Universidád de Artes Plastias de Guadalajara.
Beginning in 1959, he taught at the University of Guadalajara, where he organized a group of dancers. This group won the Jalisco competitions in 1969 and went on to win the championship in Mexico, doing dances of all the regions. He came to California in 1966 as a visiting professor of Mexican folk dance in UCLA's Ethnomusicology Department. In 1969, he also bagan teaching in Cal-State's Los Angeles, Chicano Studies Department. In 1979, he was teaching dance at Loyola-Marymount. In 1975, he began teaching at USC. In 1977, he began working for the LAUSD's Learning Tree program, taking educational programs to thousands of children. In 1985, he was been on the faculty of "Future Leaders of America," an educational outreach program in Ventura, San Bernardino, and Orange counties.
Emilio studied sculpture beginning in 1954 and, in 1960, started professional work and built his own studio. In 1962, he received the government award of Jalisco for sculpture. Many of his works are in public places in Guadalajara. He was an official government teacher of sculpture in the public school system. Before coming to the United States, he taught dance and sculpture for two years in the federal schools in Lago de Moreno.
He also was an instructor for the Ballet Folklórico de Stanford.
Emilio Pulido died on April 9, 2011.
Dances Emilio taught include Colás, El Palomo, El Tranchete, Jarabe de la Botella, Jota Tapatía, La Costilla, La Culebra, La Negra, La Revolcada, and Los Moros.