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Folklorico’s 20th Anniversary Showcase May 26

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Emily Keomany, Staff Writer

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Our Central High School folklórico dance group, Danzantes de Tlàlco, is having their annual showcase and will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their group’s inception on May 26. This year, the show will be held at the Warnor’s Theater in downtown Fresno from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets are available now, at the Warnor’s Theater, Arte Americas, and Central East High School. Presale tickets are $12 and the price at the door is $16, but keep in mind this event often sells out. Attendees can also opt for VIP tickets for $25 that include appetizers and preferred seating. Doors will open at 6:30 for general admission and 6:00 for VIP ticket holders. 

Danzantes de Tlàlco will be performing dances from thirty-two different regions from Mexico and South America. There will also be solo performances from leading folklórico dancers. Scholarships totaling $3,500 dollars will be awarded to select students at the event. These scholarship funds were originally awarded in a lump sum to Central for Dazantes de Tlàlco’s their winning performance in the Principal’s Lip Sync Battle where they competed against clubs from all over the Central Valley. The dance program then asked potential scholarship recipients to submit an application, an essay, and letters of recommendation for review. 

Danzantes de Tlàlco first started as an after-school program by current Spanish teacher, Alfonso Jimenez, and former Spanish teacher Julio Bustos. Jimenez’s reasoning for wanting to start a folkólrico group was, “I wanted to educate students about the culture.” The folklórico group continued as a club for a couple of years until the growing interest caused Bustos to push to develop a class which Jimenez taught alongside Ray Ramirez, who helped out with folklórico for eight years.

Rosa Gonzalez, the current folklórico teacher, was recruited to take over the class in 2005 and has been a huge influence on the development of the group. Gonzalez’s decision to teach folklórico stems from her high school experience and always says, “dancing is the best therapy.”

Danzantes de Tlàlco has come a long way from starting with only eleven students. Now there are over 200 students involved with Danzantes de Tlàlco, and  they are well-known and respected statewide.

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