Instructor Rudy Garcia demonstrates steps for the "Little Old People" dance, a traditional favorite where dancers incorporate stooped posture, shaking legs, and canes. - Micah Donaldson photo
**For Immediate Release**
Celebrate Culture at OPSU
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-26-07
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. — For the fourth consecutive year, Oklahoma Panhandle State University will showcase the talent of area youth with a dance performance this Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in Hughes-Strong Auditorium. Free to the public, the 19 young men and women will present the dances they learned during the week-long Mexican Traditions Camp. The camp is made possible in part through the generosity of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Teri Mora, OPSU’s Director of Hispanic Services, said, “This year, we are more focused on the tradition of folkloric dancing. The campers are making their own props for the dances that will include traditional masks and costumes.” Rudy Garcia and Maria Luisa Colmenarez of the San Jose, Calif. area, are teaching the students several Mexican dances from the Lake Region of Michoacan. The married couple actively engages in a number of endeavors, including historic Mexican dancing, culture, and arts and crafts.
Join family and friends Friday night and enjoy the beautiful costumes and the foot-stomping fun that defines Mexican folkloric dancing.