¡Bailando! to Showcase Latin American Folk Dances


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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Las Aguilas de Oro, a folklorico dance troupe from Burbank Middle School, will treat the South Campus to a performance featuring a variety of folk dances.

Burbank Middle School’s folklorico dance team, Las Aguilas de Oro, will treat San Jacinto College South Campus to a folklorico dance performance on Oct. 10 titled ¡Bailando!, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM).

According to the webpage for Ballet Folklorico de Dartmouth, a dance group based at Dartmouth University, folklorico dance, or baile folklorico in Spanish, is “… a collective term for Latin American dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics – pointed toes, exaggerated movements, highly choreographed arrangements.”

The Hispanic Heritage Committee worked in collaboration with the office of Student Engagement and Activities to bring Las Aguilas de Oro to the College.

Rosalinda Izguerra is a South Campus English Professor and a member of the Hispanic Heritage Committee. She said she hopes this performance will not be an isolated visit by the middle school group.

“We would definitely love to see this become an annual event here at San Jac South Campus,” Izguerra said.

¡Bailando! is one of a series of events happening between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 celebrating HHM across the San Jac campuses. Although Izguerra sees the yearly commemoration as a time to showcase different Hispanic cultures, she also characterizes it as an essential opportunity to reach struggling students.

“Through my years of teaching, I have witnessed many Hispanic students choose to quit,” she said. “The Hispanic Heritage Committee is hoping this event will allow our students to see that their possibilities are endless.”

Two performances of ¡Bailando! take place from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Theatre (Room 151) of the Flickinger Fine Arts Center (S15) on the South Campus.

This story was updated with times for each performance.