The first performance of the La Joya ISD folkloric dance and mariachi program for the 2014-15 school year will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at the La Joya Performing Arts Center on Coyote Drive near La Joya High School.
According to Velma Cisneros, events coordinator for La Joya Performing Arts Center, the fall show, called “Three Schools, Once Voice” is a combination of mariachi and folkloric dance students from La Joya’s three high schools. Each dance group will perform for about 30 minutes, doing two dances from Mexico or Costa Rica. In between presentations while the dancers are leaving the stage and the next group is getting ready, the mariachi students from each school will give a 10-minute presentation.
The fall show is a taste of what will come in the spring when each high school is given a weekend to perform its own show. At that time, they will perform the dances and songs they have mastered, presenting a show an hour and a half long. Those shows will start in mid-February and run into March.
Groups performing in this show are La Joya’s High School’s Grupo Folklorico Tabasco and Mariachi Los Coyotes, Palmview High School’s Grupo Folklorico Ozo Matli and Mariachi Los Lobos , and Juarez-Lincoln High School’s Folklorico Sol Azteca and Mariachi Sol will also perform.
The dancers from each school will be wearing the full skirts of brightly colored prints for general dances and will also have special costumes for some of the new dances that are being introduced from other Latin American countries.
Tickets are $8 and all seats are general admission. Cisneros said the performing arts theater also has a balcony for additional seating once the main floor is full and there are no bad seats anywhere. Call 580-5160 to arrange for tickets. Cash or checks only are accepted when paying for tickets.