Imagenes Mexicanas showcased in Winter Festival Recital
Despite the snow and wind, Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas had a successful Winter Festival Recital on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at its base, the Perrysburg Heights Community Center, Perrysburg OH.
Over 150 attended to watch some 30 dancers, dancing the cultural steps with music from México’s Veracruz, Nuevo León, Michoacan, Chiapas, Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Jalisco, and the Yucatan.
Yvonne Ramos and company also performed.
With the help of its artistic directors Raquel Rodríguez, James Serda, and Aaronica Bivins, this 12-year old dance troupe is managed by Anita Serda and President Trina Myers.
Ms. Serda informed La Prensa, “The dancers work very hard not only to learn the dances, but to understand Mexican culture through discipline and building friendships. On behalf of the dancers and parents, I would like to thank everyone who came to see our interpretation of Mexican Folkloric Dance; we are blessed to have such wonderful support.”
Its dancers include: Catalina Montoya, Dorian Myers II, Antonio Oviedo, Graciella Torres, Lia Estrada, Christopher Torres, Cecillia Stamper, Alliciana García, Rebeca Aguilar-Torres, Miguel Martínez II, Erika Duarte; Daisy Cantu, Federico Garza, Marisol Sánchez, Raquel Rodríguez, Danielle Miranda, Anjelina Guillen, Marivell Torres, Vanessa Rodríguez, Ethan Little-Deer; Ashley Simmons, Sierra Evans, James Serda, Tiffany Evans, Aaronica Bivins, Analicia Santos, Maya Mineoi, Cierra Myers; and Juan Duarte, Elicia Hickman.
Serda also informed La Prensa, “I personally want to thank all the parents of the dancers in our group for all their hard work and dedication as well as all our supporters who are committed to the advancement of our youth.
“Many individuals with no kids in the group helped with donating supplies, seamstresses donating their time to make repairs, new costumes and parents making braids and hosting make-up workshops—all of this help encourages our youth and demonstrates true community partnering.”
Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas will be finishing the year off with two more performances: Blessed John Catholic Church in Perrysburg on December 12th for the Celebration of the Virgen de Guadalupe and on the afternoon of December 27th at the Toledo Art Museum (Gallery Room) for their Winter Legacies.
On Dec. 31, 2008, the Perrysburg Heights Community Center will be hosting a New Year’s Dance, with La Familia Band from Toledo and direct from Texas Los Badd Boyz del Valle. Tickets are $15.00 pre-sale and $20.00 at the door, which will include free party favors, snacks, and free raffles of t-shirts and CDs.
On Jan. 3, 2009, the group will be hosting an open enrollment for new dancers desiring to join the group; registration begins at 9:00 am at the Perrysburg Heights Community Center.
The dancers are making plans for their performance at Lyon College for Diversity Week in Arkansas on January 20-23, 2009.