Navidad en Whittier Performed by Danza Floricanto/USA

Danza Floricanto/USA's annual holiday program, December 16

By Gema Sandoval
Published on LatinoLA: December 3, 2017

Navidad en Whittier Performed by Danza Floricanto/USA

For the thirteenth consecutive year Danza Floricanto/USA presents its tribute to the company's Mexican traditions of the Christmas Holidays with Navidad en Whittier, an evening of dance, music and song inspired by the rich traditions of our Mexican community. It will take place t Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center's Navidad en Whittier will take place on Saturday, December 16 AT 7:30 PM.

The Shannon Center for the Performing Arts is located at 6760 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors, students and children. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the Shannon Center's box office at 562-907-4203 or go to: http://shannoncenter.org/NavidadenWhittier.html to purchase your tickets online.

Navidad en Whittier celebrates the traditional music and dance styles of Mexico beginning with the long honored procession celebrating "la madre de todos los mexicanos, La Virgen de Guadalupe." The dance selections will range from the turn of the century polkas and quadriles to the timeless singing of hymns to La Virgencita de Guadalupe and the breaking of the Piñata. The company will also perform traditional suites from Jalisco, Sinaloa and Guerrero.

Joining the dance company will be dance students from the Floricanto Institute. Finally, Floricanto's long time musical collaborators, Mariachi Mexicapan, led by Ray Medina, will round out the festivities during the Navidad en Whittier. The evening offers a broad spectrum of Mexican traditions-the procession to the Virgen de Gualdalupe, Azteca dancing also in honor of the Virgencita, the polkas, quadrilles of colonial Mexico and the vibrant sounds of mariachi music accompanying the colorful dancers while also exploring the traditions of Zacatecas, Guerrero and Jalisco. The evening ends when the children in the audience are invited to join Floricanto in the traditional breaking of the piñata.

This joyful production is the perfect family choice for celebrating our community's Mexican heritage during the holidays without leaving home. Bring your mom, your dad, your children and grandchildren and make this your own tradition for the Holidays in Southern California.

Danza Floricanto/USA was founded in 1975 by Gema Sandoval as a professional dance company with the purpose of preserving Mexican culture and validating it as a cultural and artistic expression of the Latino people in the American Southwest, and creating awareness and appreciation for it through live performance.

The Navidad en Whittier 2017 Project was made possible with funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council's Local Impact Program and the support of Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.

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