On Monday, May 5, 20 students from Oak Hill Elementary performed traditional Mexican folk dances reflecting the culture of Mexico.
“Behind every dance is a story. The costumes and the movements are designed to tell a story about working, courtship and life in Mexico,” said Stephanie Garza, the school’s attendance clerk, who volunteers as the group’s instructor. Garza is a professionally-trained Folklorico dancer who has been dancing since she was a child.
The group formed in January as a result of a joint effort among the school’s parent dual language committee, dual language teachers Alexandra Tarpley and Kathi Peterka, and Garza. Oak Hill Elementary parents Perry and Esther Williams donated funds for costumes and scholarships. Monday’s event was the group’s first performance.
“The idea is to help increase cultural awareness within our school and build relationships among the families in our dual language programs and among all students,” said Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, school principal. “The students eagerly came together and have been dedicated to learning the customs and dances of Mexico.”