When the Hispanic Heritage committee wanted to bring an event to Eastfield that would cater to the surrounding community, they chose Anita N. Martinez’s Ballet Folklorico.
On Oct. 29, students from Martinez’s school performed classical Latin folk dances, including the Jarabe Tapatío, a Mexican hat dance.
The performance began with a group of young girls dancing in colorful dresses and ribbons in their hair. Their smiles showed the enjoyment they got out of performing for the Eastfield crowd.
Founded in 1975 by Martinez, a city council member at the time, Ballet Folklorico is intended to teach Hispanic youth about their culture through performing arts. The hope is they will become more aware of traditional Mexican customs.