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
"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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