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Navidad en Whitter

Danza Floricanto/USA & Shannon Center For The Performing Arts in Whittier College present traditional performance, Dec. 17

By Gema Sandoval
Published on LatinoLA: November 18, 2011


Navidad en Whitter


Floricanto presents its tribute to the company's Mexican traditions during the Christmas Holidays with Navidad en Whittier, an evening of dance, music and song inspired by the rich traditions of the Mexican community, now on its 11th year.

Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents the reprisal of Navidad en Whittier, on Saturday, December 17th AT 8:00 PM. The Shannon Center is located at 6760 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Shannon Center's box office at 562-9074203 or go to www.shannoncenter.org to purchase your tickets online.

Navidad en Whittier celebrates the traditional music and dance styles from Mexico through the memories of an "abuelita" (grandmother) who wants to ensure these traditions are passed on to her children. The selections range from the older dance forms of folklorico to newer contemporary ways of celebrating the holidays such as the tradition of "La Rama" from Veracaruz, Mexico.

La Rama tradition is an amalgam of the indigenous, Spanish and African roots that Veracruz is heir to and will be performed by Floricanto as part of Navidad en Whittier. The nascent Floricanto "conjunto" (musical group) will be accompanied by the renowned Cesar Castro, well known "jaranero" from Veracruz Mexico and his group Cambalache with their rendition of La Rama.

Joining the professional troupe, the Advanced members of the Floricanto Institute will also be part of the program. Floricanto's long time musical collaborators, Mariachi Mexicapan, led by Ray Medina, will round out the festivities of Navidad en Whittier.

This joyful production is the perfect family choice for celebrating our community's Mexican heritage during the holidays while exploring the beauty of the Mexican traditions without leaving home. Bring your mom, your dad, your children and grandchildren and make this your own tradition for the Holidays in Southern California.

The evening offers a broad spectrum of traditions-singing of the traditional posadas, conchero dancing in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, the schotises, polkas and waltzes of colonial Mexico and the vibrant sounds of mariachi music accompanying the colorful dancers. It also explores the holiday traditions of Sinaloa and Veracruz. The evening ends children in the audience are invited to join Floricanto in the traditional breaking of the pi??ata.

The evening's proceeds will benefit the Floricanto Institute. Now celebrating its 11th year, The Institute is a partnership between Floricanto and Sunrise Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District. Through this partnership Floricanto provides instructors for Folklorico classes two hours a day, five days a week, after school throughout the regular school year, produces a holiday program at the end of the first semester and one full performance at the end of the year, both open to the public. All of this is totally free of charge to the 170+ participating students.

Danza Floricanto/USA was founded in 1975 by Gema Sandoval as a professional dance company with the purpose of preserving Mexican culture, validate it as a cultural and artistic expression of the Latino people in the American Southwest, and create awareness and appreciation for it through live performance.

The Navidad en Whittier Project was made possible with funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commision, the Whittier Cultural Foundation, the ART WORKS Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the support of Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.

More at:

www.danzafloricantousa.com

www.shannoncenter.org.

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