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Take a colorful trip south of the border as four local schools combine to present "A Celebration of Mexican Culture," on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th.

The "Celebration" will feature performances by the Ballet Folklórico’s of Allan Hancock College, Pioneer Valley High School, Righetti High School, and Santa María High School, along with Righetti High School’s Marimba Band. The show will be held at the Ethel Pope Auditorium, located at Santa María High School, 901 South Broadway. Both shows are at 7:00pm.

The "Celebration of Mexican Culture" is a two-hour program featuring ten different regions of traditional Mexican folk dance and several contemporary selections as well. The performance will include dance selections from the Mexican states of Baja California, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Colima, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Jalisco. Combined with this impressive variety of traditional folk dances will be a presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino songs performed by Righetti’s Marimba Band.

The program is festive and colorful, and is filled with a great variety of exciting music and dances reflecting the diverse world of Mexican and Latino music and dance.

Jennifer Bribiesca, 12th grade, 3-year member of Marimba Band. “Celebration is really special because you can see how hard every group has worked to deliver such a great performance and give the audience a taste of our culture. We've all put so much time and effort into our dances and songs to perfect them. It's exciting to see all the schools come
together and embrace our culture, and to see young kids looking up to us, is such a heartwarming feeling.”

Alex Medina, 11th grade, singer, 3-year member of Marimba Band & Ballet Folklórico. “I like both the ballet and marimba band because once you are in the group you feel a sense of unity. We are all proud to be able to show the public what our heritage has to offer. I invite you to come to Celebration and see all the schools come together as one and show you what we've been working towards. We hope you enjoy the show and keep on supporting us throughout the year with our other performances around the community.”

Caritino Sandoval, 12th grade, guitarist & dancer, 3-year member of Marimba Band & Ballet Folklórico. “In the short amount of time that we’ve had to prepare for this presentation, our group has worked hard to make sure this show truly displays the different aspects of the Mexican culture. We hope that you enjoy all the dances and songs that our group has worked work. Enjoy the how!”

Tickets for the "Celebration" performance can be purchased from the students as well as the Business Offices at Pioneer Valley, Righetti and Santa María High Schools. All seats are $10.00 in advance - $12.00 at the door.

Dress rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th to 9pm at Ethel Pope Auditorium, providing an ideal photo or video opportunity.

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