WHAT: Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11 am
WHERE: Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
MORE INFO: http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/events/714/
Dance through different regions of Mexico with the spirited Mixteco Ballet Folklorico!
The group presents dances from the Northern state of Nuevo Leon, which were first brought to Mexico from European countries such as Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. These dances include The Polka, Shotiz, and Huapangos Norteños.
Next, the group travels south to Veracruz. In the state of Veracruz, the “Zapateados,” or footwork, are very intricate and reminiscent of the Flamenco dances from Spain. The group dances to the “Zapateado Jarocho,” where the ladies and gentlemen take turns trying to out-dance each other. In closing this region, the group will dance to “La Bamba.”
The group’s final numbers are from the state of Jalisco, where the Mariachi music is believed to have originated. The dynamic sounds of trumpets, violins, and guitars come alive as the dancers make their grand entrance. The vibrant, colorful ribbon on the women’s dresses reminds us of the typical fiestas of old Mexico. Next, the Mexican cowboys known as “Charros” dance their way onto the stage, with their wide brimmed “sombreros.”
In closing the show, the group performs their final number, “The Jarabe Tapatío” — better known around the world as The Mexican Hat Dance. Víva México!
Produced by Young Audiences of Houston.
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