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Student work: Ballet Folklorico


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Princeton's Mexican folk dancing troupe performed their annual spring show in April. (Video by sophomore Adrienne Dominguez.) Read Story


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Gabriel Rodriguez
Hi, everyone, my name is Gabriel Rodriguez, and I am a member of the wonderful Mexican folk dancing troupe here on campus,

Gabriel Rodriguez
Ballet Folklorico de Princeton.

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Michael Stone:
Ballet Folklorico has contributed to uniting students of Hispanic background on campus around some very

Michael Stone:
exciting and engaging activities that a whole range of people both on campus and in the broader community can appreciate

Michael Stone:
and to some extent participate in, performances not only on campus but around New Jersey and New York.

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Benito San-Miguel:
Ballet Folklorico de Princeton is a great point of pride for me and defines a large part of my Princeton career.

Benito San-Miguel:
It's been an amazing journey. I joined in the spring of 2001, and it changed my life dramatically.

Benito San-Miguel:
In addition to learning to dance from scratch, I learned tons about the culture, the traditions, the music.

Benito San-Miguel:
I built a network of folklorico friends throughout the U.S.

Benito San-Miguel:
I met my wife in this group, and it also convinced me that Mexican folklore is one of my true passions.

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Adrienne Dominguez:
Every year Ballet Folklorico de Princeton tries to incorporate new dances into its repertoire,

Adrienne Dominguez:
and this year is no exception. This year, we're performing four regions:

Adrienne Dominguez:
Jalisco, Veracruz, Guerrero and debuting Huasteca Veracruzana.

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Benito San-Miguel:
This year's new region, Huasteca Veracruzana, comes from eastern Mexico and features my favorite Mexican regional music.

Benito San-Miguel:
This type of music, called Huasteco music, is to Mexico what bluegrass is to the U.S.

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