BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Young people around Kern County are learning about the culture and traditions of Mexico, through music and dance. It’s all part of a big festival that’s taking place this weekend.
The Spring Youth Festival allows organizers a moment to teach and inspire as two nations come together on one stage.
Every move is unique and holds an important lesson on the history of Mexican Folk Dancing.
“I am from this culture and I like to express myself,” said Daisy Delgado, a 5th grader who has spent the last six years performing and enjoying everything about her favorite style of dance.
“Some people think, ‘oh it’s boring,’ because it’s Mexican Folk Dancing but to people like us Mexicans, it’s very fun,” she said.
She’s learning some steps from a professional dance group in Mexico who have traveled this side of the border to take part in the spring youth festival in Bakersfield.
“It’s not easy dancing folk and it takes a lot of dedication and heart,” said Abraham Aldana, instructor of Grupo Folklorico de Jalisco.
The group not only share their moves, but the different types of music and costumes from each region in Mexico.
“The majority of our kids, they are learning about the Mexican culture. Most of them are Hispanic, not all of them or they may have a little bit of Mexican blood in them so, they are learning about their own culture and the music their own parents don’t listen to,” said Sylvia Guzman, event organizer.
Leaders with the festival say Mexican folk dancing builds self-esteem and respect for other cultures, as they show off the skills they spend all year learning.
“Practice and the commitment from the parents because if the parents don’t bring their children it’s difficult for them to learn the dances,” she said.
This is the 27th year of the dance festival, which takes place at east high. You can buy tickets at the school Friday night.
Grupo Folklorico Escuelas Unidas presents Festival Juvenil Primaveral.
Tickets: $10 presale or $12 at the door
East High School
2200 Quincy St. and Mt. Vernon Ave.
6pm Saturday, April 13th
Tickets available at Martin’s Meats 801 21st. 661-325-4262