Kids to Concerts: Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico

On May 23-24, 2018 Musical Bridges Around the World held 4 performances in schools as part of our Kids to Concerts Educational Outreach Program and 2 performances in senior centers as part of Golden Age Retirement Community Outreach Program. Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico performed at: Kriewald Elementary, Langley Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Villarreal Elementary, Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and Doris Griffin Senior One Stop Center.

MBAW’s interactive and exciting program incorporated TEKS and STEM curriculum-teaching Mexican culture and geography through music. About 2,500 children and 500 seniors learned about Mexican holidays and history, and enjoy beautiful traditional dances, costumes, and music. During the interactive shows audiences participated by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and even trying out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. These presentations were strictly focused on preserving and promoting Mexican traditional heritage.

Teachers and students praised the interactive program. Caleb Gonzalez, Director of Educational Outreach said, “This was our first time at Villarreal Elementary and they already asked to schedule one for next year. The kids loved it as the artists did a fantastic job keeping them engaged. The kids were attentive to the many costume changes, dance styles, and various styles of music. All the teachers looked to be having fun and taking pictures. It was a great show to end the trip to Mexico.”

Musical Bridges would like to thank Wellmed and San Antonio City Council Project Funds for generously sponsoring these concerts. For details on how to bring the Kids to Concerts or Golden Age programs to you, please call Caleb Gonzalez (210) 464-1534 or email [email protected]