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Members of Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan perform May 16, 1999
Members of Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan perform a dance from the Northern state of Tamaulipas at Estrella Mountain Park, May 16, 1999 Photo: Felix Borundra

Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan

One of the ways of teaching Hispanic youth about their culture and heritage is through the appreciation and knowledge of folkloric dance, folk dances of the past. A youth dance group formed in 1981 dedicated to preserving the dances of Mexican folklore, the Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan numbers over 47 performers ranging in age from 5 to 23 years of age. Although most of the dancers are Hispanic, the group is open to youth of any cultural background who have a desire to learn Mexican cultures and express themselves through this form of dance.

The performing group presents dances from various states and regions of Mexico. They also hold an annual workshop, now in its 30th year, in which a dance professor from Mexico is invited to teach the group additional dances from the many states of Mexico which have been influenced by diverse peoples, ranging from French, German, and Swiss to Irish and Polish to African and Caribbean.

The project is documented by a five-page report and twelve 8 x 10 photographs.

Originally submitted by: John McCain, Senator.

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