Los Danzantes auditions for SF fest; Christmas show is Dec. 5;

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Los Danzantes auditions for SF fest; Christmas show is Dec. 5;

Fresno State’s Los Danzantes de Aztlán troupe will present its 28th annual “Christmas in Mexico” folkloric dance show at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Satellite Student Union.

In addition to Los Danzantes de Aztlán, the winter program will feature performances by Los Danzantes Juvenil, Grupo Folklórico de Fresno City College, El Alma de Clovis High and Fresno City College’s folklorico dance program.

Pre-sale tickets are $5 for students with ID (limit two) and $8 for the general public, and are available at www.danzantesdeaztlan.org or from any troupe member. Tickets will cost $10 at the door. Parking on campus is free on weekends.

The show is sponsored by Los Danzantes de Aztlán, the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies and the Associated Students Inc.

Founded in 1970 by the late Ernesto Martinez, one of the original professors of the formerly named La Raza Studies Department, Los Danzantes de Aztlan is the oldest Mexican dance program in the CSU system. In 1989 the troupe was designated as official representatives of the University. Martinez retired in 1991 and died in 2010.

Now under the direction of Dr. Victor M. Torres, the program has earned national and international awards. In 2014 Los Danzantes performed at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the largest ethnic dance festival in the nation. The dancers recently auditioned to perform at the 2016 festival, that will be held in June. Final selections will be announced in January.

The troupe also holds several events and performances throughout the year, including El Festival de Los Danzantes, the High School Folklorico Summit and the CSU Folklorico Show.

For more information on the “Christmas in Mexico” show contact Torres, professor in Chicano and Latin American Studies, at 559.278.4115 or email Ashley Avalos