St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico celebrates 40th anniversary with two performances

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St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico will host two performances at Redlands East Valley High School Nov.8.
St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico will host two performances at Redlands East Valley High School Nov.8.

By Yazmin Alvarez

St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico will celebrate 40 years in the Redlands community by hosting an anniversary performance at Redlands East Valley High School Saturday.

Two are planned Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. at the school’s Blackstone Theatre, 31000 E. Colton Avenue in Redlands. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance by calling 909-965-2812.

Performances at Saturday’s show will include a variety of folk dances native to Mexican regions such as Veracruz, Jalisco, Chiapas and several more.

The ballet group is comprised of 40 dancers, both male and female ranging in age from 5 to 28, who perform throughout the Redlands community and the Inland area.

Funds raised at the performances will benefit the group’s costuming budget and help fund dance apparel for its members free of charge along with support the costs for facility rentals and performances.

The mission of St. Mary’s Folklorico is to teach Mexican cultural dances and techniques, and instill confidence in the dancers by performing in public and private venues, said organizers. The aim is to build awareness of the Mexican culture to the public through the art of dance, the group said on their website. To learn more visit stmarysdance1974.com.

Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter with Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at iecn.yazmin@gmail.com.

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