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Paquimé Dancers present steps from various regions of Mexico PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

In a colorful and energetic demonstration of dances from various regions of Mexico, Paquimé Folkloric Dancers presented a lively program Saturday evening, May 7 in the HHS auditorium.

Additionally, they entertained at school assemblies at Holyoke Elementary and Holyoke JR/SR High during the day Monday, May 9.

Instructors Alma Núñez and her husband Ivan Olivas from Casa Grandes, Mexico spent a mere two weeks with the groups. The result was outstanding as the dancers performed their routines with pride and confidence.

The two professionals also shared their talent as part of the program, to the delight of the audience, as well as the students.

Cecilia Márquez was announcer for the program, presenting information in both Spanish and English. A slide presentation on the stage background showed the area of Mexico which each dance step represented.

Three dancers from the youngest group are pictured as they opened
the Paquimé dance performance Saturday night. Dancers are pictured
from left, Tamara Penzing, Leslie León and Sophia Bencomo.  
—Enterprise photo

Chiapas was the region represented in the opening numbers including Jabali and Ecos de Grijalva.

Dancers included Sophia Bencomo, Leslie León, Andrea Márquez, Miranda Morales, Fátima Núñez, Jimena Núñez, Tamara Penzing, Edel Ramos, Eduardo Solis and Brena Tena.

Adult dancers performed the second number and included Yesenia Bencomo, Cecilia Márquez, Desiree Mosenteen, Veronica Núñez, Nadia Vasquez and Christy Shafer.

Alma and Ivan were right on the beat with Caballito from the Tamaulipas region.

Baja California was represented by Patito, performed by Crystal Astorga, José Luis Astorga, Marisol Astorga, Lauren Bergner, Citlali Márquez, Llelitza Ochoa, Jaromi Olivas, Perla Olivas, Osyris Perez, Miguel Soto, Jackie Valenzuela and Nain Vasquez.

Paquimé dancers demonstrating dance steps from Baja California are pictured from left,
Citlali Márquez, Jackie Valenzuela (in background), Osyris Perez, Lauren Bergner
(in background), Nain Vasquez, Crystal Astorga and Jaromi Olivas.       —Enterprise photo

From Veracruz, Bamba and El Huateque were performed by Alma and Ivan.

They were joined by Daniela Baeza, Jasmine Cazares, Edwin Cruz, America Gonzales, Karla Hermosillo, Anna Jelden, Norman Mendoza, Karen Núñez, Juana Penzing, Dominic Penzing, José Prieto and Kaitlyn Shafer.

Alma and Ivan danced to El Costeño from the Sinaloa region prior to intermission.

From Sonora, Ivan resumed the show with El Venado, when he very effectively did a solo dance of a deer dying.

From Yucatán, with Bigote Mojado were dancers Bridgette Bejarano, Berenice Juarez, Monica Montes, Rosa Ochoa, Ana Olivas and Bianca Rodriguez.

Brenda Hernandez, Eva Penzing, Janel Rodriguez and Natali Rodriguez showcased the Guerrero region with Que te Vas and Paloma.

Some of the dancers showcasing the Veracruz region are pictured from left, Juana Penzing,
Anna Jelden, Edwin Cruz, Tica Penzing, Jasmine Cazares, Norman Mendoza and Karen Núñez.  
—Enterprise photo

Jalisco region featured Alma and Ivan, dancing to El Carretero.

Mixed groups performed in Los Viejitos from the Michoacan region. Masks and canes made the dancers appear much older.

Pelea de Gallos featured a chicken fight representing the Aguascalientes region. Alma and Ivan were joined by Juan Núñez for the entertaining show.

Alma and Ivan closed the program, dancing to Luz y Sombra from the Chihuahua region.

In an awards ceremony, all participants were presented certificates for their achievement in performing with the Paquimé Folkloric Dancers.

Alma Núñez and Ivan Olivas perform to Luz y Sombra to end Saturday
night’s Paquimé Danza Folklórica in the HHS auditorium. The couple
spent a short two weeks teaching the dancers who did a phenomenal
job. The program was also presented during the school day to
students Monday, May 9.         —Enterprise photo