Nuestro FuturoOct 11, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
St. Anthony Dancers perform Nuestro Futuro - Traditional Mexican and South American Dances. Tickets are $10 (free for Pacific students, staff and faculty)
Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity welcomes back the St. Anthony’s Dancers, a children’s dance troupe created in 2007 by Xiomara Cerrud. These Latino dancers, aged 3 to 13, will perform a variety of traditional dances to the music of a live Mariachi band.
Xiomara Cerrud, the group’s creator, choreographer and director, has a long history in dance performance. She has participated in Panamanian Folk Dance Festivals in eight states, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and several cities in Mexico.
Ms. Cerrud created the dance group when she noticed that at St. Anthony’s Church in Forest Grove there was a lack of activities for children who were too old for nursery care but still too young to attend catechism classes. The troupe began with only a handful of children and has now grown to more than 20.
The St. Anthony Dancers not only entertain, they also educate the public about the beauty, diversity and richness of the South American and Mexican cultures. At Nuestro Futuro, a brief explanation of each dance will be given in both English and Spanish, so that the audience can better understand the cultural history behind the art form.
Ms. Currud observes, “There are many Hispanic people in the community of Forest Grove, and we are connected in many of these activities. This is just one way we are connected, by building community and teaching our heritage to our children.”
Posted by Jenni Luckett (firstname.lastname@example.org) on Oct 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM