Color, Dance, and Fun
By Jesús Aguado
From San Miguel de Allende to Campeche, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, and back; that was the journey that the sanmiguelenses took with the Representative Folkloric Ballet of San Miguel de Allende.
The ballet celebrated its 40th anniversary with a wide cultural program featuring guest dancers from the north, south, and center of the country performing in public exhibitions of Mexican dance. Nevertheless, the group, founded by Gloria Rodríguez Navarrete in 1975, decided to hold a spectacular closing with music, color, dance, and folklore.
The members of the ballet performed traditional local dances, such as the Hortelanos (orchard workers) that is danced to the rhythm of a drum and a flute; as well as that of El Torito, a piece in which the dancers—a devil, a crazy, and a matador—tease an ox made of cardboard.
The music changed, as well as the costumes, the colors, and the dancers. The most emotional moment was when the wind instrumentation band of the Aguascalientes Brothers appeared on the stage, playing live music from Nayarit for the dancers. Some members of the ballet dragged the attendants to dance, while others whistled and laughed their way across the stage carrying colored fish and sea stars made of paper.