The day before we left El Paso, we stopped into the mall on a multi-day journey to purchase a pair of socks. (Listen, we never promised all of our adventures were interesting.)
We entered the mall straight into a talent competition and stopped to watch a troupe of children perform a traditional Mexican folk dance.
Ballet folklórico has a long and complicated history, blending elements of the Indigenous, African, and European heritage of Mexico - as well as modern and foreign influences. And, as Mexico is a large country encompassing many traditions and histories, “traditional” dance varies greatly from region to region.
El Paso, Texas. April 2018