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Ballet Folklórico de México March 27 celebrates Mexico’s anniversary year

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POSTED January 16, 2010 4:09 a.m.

STOCKTON— 2010 is definitely the year to celebrate Mexico.  

Honoring both the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence, the country’s commemorative activities extend throughout the globe.  With two national milestones coming together in one anniversary year, Mexico is going all out to memorialize this cultural eclipse with a smorgasbord of artistic festivities.  

 One of the first major events in the celebration lineup will be gala performances of the Ballet Folklórico de México of Amalia Hernández, the most prestigious ballet folklorico troupe in the world and definitely one of Mexico’s most coveted cultural exports.

Sponsored by Dance for Power, a Stockton-based organization specializing in the presentation of world arts events, these performances will take place on Saturday, March 27, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  at the Atherton Auditorium, located on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College.

Hailing from the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Ballet Folklórico de México is unparalleled for its stunning collage of whirling skirts and incredible foot-stomping. The 60 spectacular dancers who appear in dazzling costumes against picturesque backdrops will be accompanied by a full ensemble of virtuoso mariachis whose popular rhythms regularly delight audiences of all ages and ethnicities.  An attraction that rivals the best Broadway production, in 2010 the company is pulling out all its artistic stops to make the program an incomparable experience with eye-popping choreography.

Tickets to these once-in-a-lifetime anniversary performances are priced at $35 and $45 and can be obtained by calling the Delta College Box Office at (209) 954-5110 or online at: http//dca.deltacollege.edu or www.tickets.com. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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