Fresno State’s Los Danzantes de Aztlán Mexican folkloric dance troupe celebrates its 45th anniversary this year with an action-packed summer including an invitation to the international San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival June 5-29. Los Danzantes de Aztlan is one of only two Mexican folkloric dance groups selected for the festival.
The student dancers will perform at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco June 21 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and June 22 (2 p.m.).
Two other events this month are:
- The Second Annual Los Danzantes de Aztlán Scholarship Dinner in memory of Ernesto Martinez from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 13, hosted by University President Joseph I. Castro and his wife Mary at the University House in Fresno (4411 N. Van Ness Ave.). Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500. All proceeds go toward the scholarships. Tickets will not be issued and reservations will be held at the door. RSVPs will still be accepted through Monday. June 9 pending availability call 559.278.2848 for updates.
- The Spring Folklorico Show — “Ojos de Juventud,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in the Satellite Student Union on campus. Presented in collaboration with Arte Americas and the Danzantes del Valle Advisory Committee, the show highlights the various children’s folkloric dance groups in the Valley and exposes young dancers and their families to the university. In addition to Fresno State’s troupe, the show will feature performances by Ballet Folklorico and Marimba de Fresno, Los Niños Azteca, Maravillas de Selma, Ballet Folklorico de Madera, Ballet Folklorico Orgullo Mexicano-Juvenil, Compania de Danza El Sol-Juvenil and Los Danzantes de Aztlán-Juvenil. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Founded in 1970 by the late Ernesto Martinez, an emeritus professor and alumnus of Fresno State, Los Danzantes has the distinction of being the only program of its kind in the California State University system to be designated an official ambassador of the university.