Los Danzantes return to acclaimed ethnic dance festival this summer

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Los Danzantes return to acclaimed ethnic dance festival this summer

Fresno State’s folklorico Mexicano dance troupe Los Danzantes de Aztlán will take the stage at the prestigious 38th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in mid-June for a second time in the program’s history.

The international festival announced its invitees today to the event that takes place over three weekends, June 3-19, at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. This year’s program features performances from more than 20 different world cultures.

During June 18-19, Los Danzantes will perform Mexican traditional dances from the region of Veracruz. The group last attended the festival in 2014, where they performed regional dances from Baja California Norte.

Founded in 1970 in the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department, the 30-member troupe is the only Mexican folkloric dance group in the CSU system recognized as an official University ambassador, said Dr. Victor Torres, the group’s director and professor in the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department. He is also the president of the Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association and the Chicano/Latino Commencement coordinator.

Prior to the summer engagement, the troupe will perform locally at the 40th Anniversary Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration on May 21. Former Chicano and Latin American Studies professor and current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will deliver this year’s keynote address (see release http://bit.ly/FSN-ChicanoComm16Herrera).

Tickets for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival go on sale Monday, April 18. They can be purchased online at worldartswest.org/main/tickets.aspor by phone at 415.392.4400.

For more information about Los Danzantes, contact Torres at victort@csufresno.edu.

(Copy by Erika Denise Castañon, University Communications news assistant).

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