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A celebration of Mexican and Latino culture through song and dance is what the “Tradiciones Unidos Ballet Folklorico Show” will bring to Santa Maria High School and the community Saturday night, February 28.

For the first time, about 20 SMHS Ballet Folklorico members will join an Oxnard-based Ballet Folklorico group called “Alma De Mexico”. The performance starts at 7 p.m. inside the historic Ethel Pope Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The groups plan to preserve cultural experiences from the regions of Nuevo Leon, Guerrero, Vera Cruz, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Pinotepa Nacional, Colima and Puebla.

Students like Daisy Cuevas are ready to keep traditions alive that are not seen as actively anymore, according to SMHS Beginning Mexican Dance/Ballet Folklorico Teacher Angel Hoyos.

“We’re more than just dancers, we’re story tellers,’’ Cuevas said. “A story is only as good as the person that tells us.’’

Hoyos knows the program allows students to learn much more than life skills including self-discipline, stage presence and music expertise.

“More importantly, students are taught the history behind the dances they are performing,’’ Hoyos said.

Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased at SMHS.

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