"Preserving Culture One Dance At A Time"
CHILDENS - Our new class practices on Thursday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at 1007 S. 3rd St, Avondale. Children ages 5 through 18 years old are accepted from any ethnic background. Call 602-403-1575 for more information.
A special thank you to the City of Avondale for providing the space for our classes.
Ballet Folklorico Esperanza is the dream of Al & Kathi Soria who wanted children to know their roots. Many countries have played a part in the dances of the Mexican people. Ships brought slaves from Africa to the harbors of VeraCruz. Maximillan and Carlotta brought the Polka from Germany during their reign. Flamenco from Spain, the Minuet from France and lastly even movements from as far away as China. All these influences together make what is known today as "Baile Folklorico"
Our goal is to teach dances from all the 32 states in Mexico as well as education in geography, culture, customs and language. We will enlighten all through our colorful and entertaining performances and be "positive role models for youth in our community".
Classes are open to children from any ethnic background. Each student will perform as long as they have shown an interest and dedication to the art.
Classes focus on dance principles which build strength, balance, posture, grace and discipline. The students learn the basics of "zapateado" (footwork) then master the fundamentals of dance including skirt work, various techniques and performance styles.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Our community service project is the Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery. We do twice yearly clean ups, plant flowers and make sure it is as clean as possible. We teach our Students this is very important to give back to the community in which they live.
Ever since the group was started we have promised the kids that some day we would all go to Disneyland. We contacted the people at Disneyland about taking a class from their professionals and things just fell into place after that. Parents worked really hard to fundraise enough so that we could pay for the kids to enter Disneyland and also provide them all with a tee shirt to commerate the…Continue
Posted by Esperanza on December 11, 2009 at 6:42pm