ballet folklorico

Noel De la Cruz, the Ballet Folklorico MatCamp instructor, talks to the group of students before the begin rehearsing for their show and tell performance for their parents on June 27, 2019 at Barnes Middle School.

Knowing one’s past is essential if one wishes to know one’s future.

There’s a reason cliches become, well, cliche. They hold truth.

Which is why in the case of the aforementioned truism, it’s exciting to see young people in the Seguin area are given opportunities to learn about Mexican culture and heritage by attending the 2019 Ballet Folklórico MatCamp at the Barnes Middle School cafeteria and taking them.

Not only children of Mexican descent enjoyed the camp but children of different cultural backgrounds also got to learn about what once was and what continues to be popular in another part of the world.

Bringing cultures together is tantamount to success in a society becoming more and more global by the day.

So while some young folks might believe they were merely learning to perform folklórico dance steps in time with a beat, they really were being exposed to the heritage of their neighbors and being introduced to the backgrounds of their neighbors’ parents, grandparents and beyond.

An integral step in gaining acceptance of others is walking (or possibly in this case, dancing) in their shoes. As important, if not more, is the aspect of young people learning the greatness from which they descend, celebrating that greatness and continuing it in its various forms.

The Folklórico MatCamp taught lessons that will last for years to come. To us, there’s nothing cliche about that.


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