The dancers of Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano in Poteet celebrated the groups 30th anniversary, with a colorful display of tradition and talent on Sept. 24. The performance took place at the historic Arneson River Theater at the Shops of La Villita, on San Antonos River Walk.
The members performed 14-15 dances during the show, which was nearly two hours long.
Among the performers were local residents Veronica Garcia and Alex Solano, who have danced with the group for approximately two years. The couple have one son, A.J. Solano, and are expecting another child next month. Veronica is employed with Poteet ISD and Alex is employed with Atascosa Exterminating.
We are still rookies compared to some of the talented veterans who range from 10-30 years experience. I enjoy dancing folklorico because it makes me feel more connected to my past and Hispanic roots, said Veronica. Sometimes as I am dancing I feel as if my grandma is watching or I think of how she would be clapping along and smiling. I also really love dancing with Alex. We both get to spend time together doing something we both love
Veronica performed three of the dances that evening, while Alex performed in nine of them.
Veronica added that their son A.J. likes to dance around the kitchen with them and wear Alexs costumes and shake maracas.
I dont know if I have a favorite dance, they are all so unique. The indigenous dances like Matlachines and Indigena are a little more ceremonial and the costumes are always really interesting, which our instructor Jorge makes, said Veronica.
However, the dances like Veracruz are also beautiful and have intricate footwork and rhythms, which Alex seems to be an expert at. However, I dont quite have that down.
The last dance they performed was Jarabe de Tapatio, from the state of Jalisco. They had only practiced a few times during the week.
That dance is always a crowd favorite and it is always a great feeling dancing with Alex by my side.
Stacie Talamantez of Pleasanton attended the event and said, The show was absolutely amazing, especially all the bright, beautiful outfits- even more so because I knew some of the dancers.
The Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano dancers are a crowd favorite at such local events like the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival and Yesteryear Festival in Pleasanton. Their shows often culminate with the group members inviting the audience to join them on the stage and dance, young and old alike.
They also perform throughout the San Antonio area at a variety of events and venues.
They meet on Saturdays at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet for practice. Virginia Espinosa serves as the groups director, while Jorge Gaxiola is the instructor.
New dancers are welcome. For more details on Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano, contact Virginia Espinosa at 830-276-3718 or director Jorge Gaxiola at 210-363-4178.