FOR RELEASE: Immediate March 19, 2018
CONTACT: Mike Simms
Seeking Traditional Ballet Folklorico Dance Troupes
FIESTA DE REYES EXPANDING NINTH-ANNUAL FOLKLORICO COMPETITION
Dancers from throughout Southern California and some from as far away as Sacramento and Las Vegas have competed for the past eight years in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition. This year the event, to be held over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, is expanding to include dance troupes from Mexico and throughout the Western United States.
Interested dance companies, both amateur and professional, should contact festival producer Luis Oceguera at [email protected]
Ballet Folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Children, teen-agers and adults will compete in three categories during the competition on May 5 and 6. There are cash prizes and travel stipends are paid to each dance troupe.
Renowned judges from Mexico include Humberto Olivera Caballero, Jorge Luis Miramontes and Cecilio Cordero Loaiza.
Originally from Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico, Miramontes is a professional teacher of Mexican dance and culture. His experience began more than four decades ago as a member of various dance groups and as a teacher throughout Mexico. He has received countless recognitions during his career.
Hailing from Sinaloa, Mexico, Loaiza is a member of the Institute of Investigation and Diffusion of Mexican Dance Culture. He is also the director and founder of the Folklórico Dance company ‘Ticuan’. He has performed internationally for 39 years and received numerous prizes. Loaiza passionately supports Mexican culture.
From Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico, Caballero’s experience in folklórico dance started during his childhood. His family instilled in him a deep admiration for Mexican folklore and traditions. He is a dance teacher and creator of the folklórico dance group “Cochimi,” which empowers children by fostering an appreciation for Mexican culture.
The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in the central plaza of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Children and adult performances alternate throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Live bands will take the stage in the afternoon until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, the state park will showcase children’s activities all weekend, including historic games, crafts, displays and demonstrations as well as street performers throughout the park.
The Fiesta de Reyes Folklorico Competition and Cinco de Mayo celebration are sponsored by Dos Equis, Entrevision as well as the businesses and museums in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
For additional information on the Cinco de Mayo festivities in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, visit FiestadeReyes.com or call (619) 297-3100.