Viva Mexico!

Artist: Performance by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Assembly Description

A dynamic group of performers presents a colorfully costumed, engaging and passionate repertoire representing indigenous Aztec Purepecha and Hispanic dances. World influences including African (coastal Veracruz), European (Northern Mexico) and South American (inland Guerrero) are illustrated in this Mexican dance tradition. The performance also includes the popular Mariachi music. A narrator explains the historical and cultural background of each dance suite and leads exciting interactive workshops with the audience. For schools, the content of the performance can be tailored to compliment lessons in the classroom.

Assembly Information

Grades: K-12
Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Cultural Understanding, Geography
Price: Single performance $1,350
2 back-to-back $2,050
Program length: 45 minutes
*Artist travel fees may apply
The performances are tailored to the particular age level and special needs of the audience.
Related residencies and workshops are available


About the Artists

Juan Castaño,Co-Founder/ Managing Director: Juan Castaño co-founded Calpulli Mexican Dance Company with the vision of celebrating and serving the Mexican and Mexican-American community across the USA.

Alberto Lopez,Co-Founder/ Director of Calpulli Youth Dance: Alberto Lopez is a Dancer and Teaching Artist with over 20 years of experience in Mexican folkloric dance. He aims to share his knowledge of Mexican traditions in dance with younger generations via Calpulli Youth Dance and as an experienced Teaching Artist in New York City schools. Originally from San Antonio Chiltepec in Puebla, Mr. Lopez began his studies of Mexican folkloric dance at the age of 12 at the Centro Escolar Benito Juarez de Acatlán de Osorio. At the same time, he began to develop skills in garment making, a craft that would later compliment his dedication to dance. Most recently, he completed the National Dance Institute's intensive Teaching Artist training in New York.