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MEXICAN FOLK BALLET BRINGS FIESTA TO TRINITY

When the Ballet Folklorico Nacional Holy Cross came to Trinity November 19, it brought the energetic style and rhythms of Mexican choreography for an entertaining and upbeat evening in the Ozinga Chapel.

"A lot of students here don't know much about these (Latino) cultures," said senior Angelica Rodriguez, president of Trinity's Spanish Club. "I wanted to bring this group to campus last year because I felt it was something that the College needed to experience. They were terrific."

Ballet Folklorico featured approximately 40 children, teen-agers, and adults split into three groups who performed traditional dances from the Mexican regions of Baja California, Hidalgo, Campeche, and Jalisco. The dancers, dressed in colorful native costumes, stomped and twirled on stage for an hour to recorded music.

The crowd showed their enthusiasm and appreciation for the performance throughout the evening, although initially, they were unsure how to react to the dancers. Between dances, Spanish professor Paul Roggendorf and Mark Triller shared details about the states that the dances represented.

"I think it helped the average viewer who may not have known much about Mexican culture," Roggendorf said. "My biggest hope is that it helped break the narrow stereotype of the Mexican heritage by displaying a very rich variety of traditional and folkloric music and dance."

"The Folklorico gave an excellent performance," said Triller, director of Trinity's Semester In Spain program. "I was amazed that this large troupe performs almost every weekend with so many young performers. They illustrated the beauty of Mexico, and the stories from those particular regions were nicely tied to the different styles of dances."

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