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Students learn heritage through Folklorico dancing

Posted at 10:27 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 19:41:52-05

TEMPLE, tx — Young dancers in Temple are immersed in Mexican culture through Folklorico dance.

“It is very fun and you get to move around a lot,” said Analia Hernandez, student dancer.

Ballet Folklorico del Centro de Tejas offers dance classes to the youth. Not only does the class encourage physical activity, it also teaches Mexican heritage.

“Folklorico started from traditional Mexican dances that were there even before Mexico was colonized. So over time, pre-Hispanic traditions mixed with Spanish customs and also Africa and other countries that immigrated to Mexico,” said Anna Pineda, dance teacher.

Steeped in history, colorful costumes and intricate footwork bring the dances to life.

“It’s important to keep traditions alive so that they have a connection to their culture. But also adapt and have fun, and just have good times,” said Pineda.

The classes, sponsored by the City of Temple, are held at the Blackmon Community Center.

Students must be seven years of age or older. They are looking to offer adult classes in the summer. For more information, visit their facebook page.