May 17, 2011 > The Faces of Mexico: Ballet Folklorico
The Faces of Mexico: Ballet Folklorico
By Mona Shah
The rhythmic sound of high heels clicking beckons. Celebrate Latino culture through dance with Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School in their 21st year as the troupe presents a full length performance with dances of Mexico.
El Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School was first established in 1990 by guidance counselor, Jaime Huertas. It started when a group of students expressed interest in learning a few dances to perform at the annual Cinco de Mayo Assembly. However, over the years the dance group has evolved into a performing company, similar to many community based Folklorico dance companies.
Huertas explains, "Last year we inaugurated the Performing Arts Theater at Logan with the first full length production. It was so successful with a sell out show and with many more people trying to get tickets that we decided to make the event an annual showcase, and this year we will have two days instead of one."
This year, the dancers will be debuting a Folkloric dance from the Island of Puerto Rico. "My eventual goal is to add a suite of Puerto Rican Folklorico dances and I hope this one dance will have the audience asking for more in future productions," adds Huertas.
Over 40 dancers will participate in the annual end of the year show, with special guests "The Ballet Folklorico of The Our Lady of the Rosary Church Children's/Youth" troupe singer Crystal Rosas and Salvador Vasquez.
For tickets and information, contact James Logan High School at (510) 471-2520 ext 60124 or Jhuertas@nhusd.k12.ca.us.
Saturday, May 21
Sunday, May 22
James Logan High School
Center of the Performing Arts
1800 H St, Union City
(510) 471-2520 ext 60124
Tickets: Adults $15, Students $12, Children (12 and under) $10