Celebrate Mexico's independence with a fiesta of music and dance - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, September 10, 2013—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Submitted by Ohlone College.

Ballet Folklorico dancers.A fiesta of colorful dancing and vibrant music representing the magnificent variety that Mexican culture has to offer will transform the stage at Ohlone College as Ballet Folklorico Mexicano (BFM) presents a full mariachi band and a lively cast of twirling, spinning dancers. Make this event part of a weekend-long celebration of Mexico's independence by joining us for our season opener on Saturday, September 14.

Directed by Carlos Moreno, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano will mesmerize the audience with their intricate footwork, precision and flair with music from Jalisco, Sinaloa, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, and Durango. BFM has developed a repertoire of over 180 dance pieces, drawing on the artistic variety of Mexico's diverse regions. Many elements are represented in traditional form, while others have been "restaged to include diversity of artistic elements." For example, "sensuous African movements that typify dances from the Gulf of Mexico region in the south are juxtaposed by Mexican polkas that mark the influences of eastern European ancestors in the north."

Founded in 1967 to promote Mexican culture and folklore in the United States, BFM is one of the oldest live Mexican dance companies in the United States. The group has a reputation for excellence from Mexican authorities and artists and among other traditional and ethnic dance companies.

Ballet Folklorico dancers.

Enjoy this artistic tour of Mexico's varied regional dance customs, and celebrate the country's Independence Day (two days early!) at Ohlone College. For more information on Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, the 2013-2014 Season of the Arts offerings, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.smithcenter.com.

  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano
  • Saturday, Sept 14
  • 8 p.m.
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • (510) 659-6031
  • www.smithcenter.com
  • Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 senior, $15 student
    Event Parking: $2

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