LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As we continue our Hispanic Heritage month celebration, we’re looking at traditional Mexican folk dance, its history and how people across Southern Nevada are keeping the culture alive.
“It’s all about attitude and expression,” Juan said.
“Dance is important because it’s something that can be passed on from generation to generation,” Karla said.
Karla and Juan are siblings and have been dancing traditional Mexican folk since they were kids.
Mexican folk dates back to the 1500s. It has Indigenous, African and European elements and influences from all over the world.
Folklorico is a term that is often associated with dance but it actually has a different meaning.
“That’s a term a lot of people get confused,” said Karla. “Folklorico is not dancing. It can mean the food, the music."
"Even though it’s a form of entertainment," she said, "it’s also a way for us to spread culture within the community.”
The costumes they wear represent different areas in Mexico.
In the area of Jalisco, women wear bright colors, hairpieces, and ruffled skirts with ribbons. Men wear black pants, red ties and hats. What they wear, all depends on the region. Overall, dance is just one way to showcase history and tradition.
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“Dance, even though it’s not written, I feel like it has a stronger form of staying alive."
Karla and Juan are excited to educate, inspire and showcase their roots to the people of Southern Nevada. They hope through dance, other people will feel connected to their culture.
“For me it’s a way I could spread my culture,” Juan said. “I’m proud of my Mexican culture, and I’m proud to inspire.”
“Folklorico is our culture, it’s our heritage,” Karla said. “It’s a way to tell the world who we are and where we come from.”