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Celebrating Life

Smile, You Are in San Miguel

By Karen Ocampo

“It’s a celebration of life through belly dance,” Elsanne Barrows says to describe this type of dancing.

Barrow aims to provoke feelings in the public. She explains that mirror neurons in our brains make people react physically and emotionally, so she tries to take advantage of this human communication media to celebrate life to the fullest, in the most effective way to remind ourselves we are alive: to make us feel.

La Calaca Danzante was a 90-minute show held on October 29 at Teatro Ángela Peralta.

This show, on the eve of the Day of the Dead, was a great introduction to one of the most popular of Mexico’s holidays. Barrows is part of Estudio de Libélula. To learn more about the studio’s work, you can visit her website at


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