Saturday, November 12, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Dance

A friend talked Michelle and Ella into joining their school's Ballet Folklorico group this year. (I had tried to convince them and they said no, but once Zoe asked them to join, they signed right up.) They practice right after school on Wednesdays and will have several performances this year. (This is perfect for me because they would love to dance at a nearby dance school, but I just can't add one more thing to my already busy life.) The group is much bigger this year than it was when Michelle was in first grade.

The Day Riverside Library had an event for El Dia de los Muertos on Tuesday, November 1. El Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday (although it is celebrated in other countries as well) that takes place on November 1 and 2...same days as the Catholic All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It is a day to remember your loved ones who have died. They visit cemetaries and they make altars to remember their deceased loved ones. They often cook the favorite foods of the deceased.

So the Ballet Folklorico performed at Day Riverside Library.
The first grade group performed first.

Then the beginners (grades 2 and up) performed next. They did the Old Man Dance.

Finally the advanced group performed.