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May 15, 2012 > Logan High hosts Concierto de Primavera

Logan High hosts Concierto de Primavera

By Medha Raman

After twenty-three years of celebrating Latin American culture through traditional dance and music, the Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School will hold its third annual Concierto de Primavera event May 19 in the James Logan High School Performing Arts Center. A Ballet Folklorico performance inaugurated the center three years ago. The event will include additional performances from special guests: children from the local church Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Flor de Mexico youth dance troupe; Mariachi band Mariachi Mexicanisimo, singer Crystal Rosas, and harpist Salvador Vasquez.

The highlight of Ballet Folklorico de James Logan is an extra-curricular dance troupe based at the high school. They perform the unique art of Ballet Folklorico, which combines elements of both ballet and folk dances from many regions in Mexico, including Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Veracruz, and also Puerto Rico. Colorful and intricate designs on costumes, ballet choreography and musical compositions differ with each region. Many works reflect traditions of the indigenous Mesoamerican culture.

This group was established in 1990 under the guidance of counselor Jaime Huertas, who continues to direct the group. What began with a few students interested in learning dances to perform at the annual Cinco de Mayo school assembly has now evolved into a large performing company widely known for their talented and hardworking dancers.

Education is greatly valued within the group so students must maintain an academically eligible GPA in order to perform. These values and strict academic requirements are the basis for a well-rounded, talented, and committed group of students who perform at a professional level. The group has performed at many festivals, statewide conferences, schools, and numerous public and private functions ranging from the Danzantes Unidos Festival (a state-wide Folklorico conference) to an audition for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

At the heart of these amazing achievements is the support and dedication of James Logan High School teacher Jaime Huertas. Huertas began dancing in 1976 with The Ballet Folklorico de Carlos Moreno, where he still performs. He has also performed with Aztlan de San Francisco, El Ballet Folklorico Tepatitlan, and the Compania Mexico Danza. Huertas has invited many guest instructors to teach new dances and techniques, including Lisa Reynoso-Moreno, who has been active with the group for over 12 years.

Former dancer Melissa Perez says, "Mr. Jaime Huertas is more than dedicated and gives his whole heart to teaching how to beautifully express the Mexican Culture through dance. His passion for dancing and teaching has made the group what it is today."

For tickets and other information, contact James Logan High School at (510) 471-2520 ext. 60124 or Jhuertas@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Concierto de Primavera
Saturday, May 19
7:30 p.m.
James Logan High School Performing Arts Center
1800 H St., Union City
(510) 471-2520 ext. 60124
www.balletfolkloricojlhs.org

Adults: $15, Children under 10: $10, Students with ID: $12

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