EUGENE, Ore. — A group of families in Lane County is committed to sharing their culture and traditions as they celebrate Latino Heritage Month.
When most families are going out to a dinner or a movie on a weekend night, some Latino families head to school. They bring their shoes, bright beautiful skirts, and a desire to dance. Every two weeks they gather at Cesar Chavez Elementary for dance lessons. Transforming the cafeteria into a dance studio.
Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico. The group started in 2004 with a simple desire: parents wanting their children to learn Mexican dances.
Once they started up, their following grew.
“We have 31 songs that we’ve taught over the years. We have about 10 families participating. All together there are about 18 to 20 kids,” said Monica Olvera.
Olvera learned many of the dances as a student at Oregon State University and also from her husband. Olvera now teaches the young students including her daughter, Maria.
“I can’t really decide which I love the costumes. The music is really unique. Friends are amazing i love all of it to be honest,” said Maria Olvera.
While the children practice the dances, their parents beaming with pride.
“I think the parents make the purpose of bringing their kids to a place where they can inculcate tradition or cultural values that otherwise might not be transmitted to their children” Olvera said.
Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico performs Friday at Latino Heritage Night. For ticket information click here.