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Talking Art with Ray Terronez, Jr. and Yanel Alaniz-Macias

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The Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico will be holding their Mexican Fiesta XII Dance Recital on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center in Moline, IL.

Originally founded in 1984, the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico is a non-profit organization that teaches our community about Mexican culture through the art of dance. Mexico has a very rich and diverse dance tradition, influenced over time by both Indigenous cultures as well as Afro-Caribbean and European cultures.

Listen to the conversation here with Director Ray Terronez, Jr. and student performer Yanel Alaniz-Macias about how dance and costuming uniquely vary from one region to the next, the personal lessons learned from participating in a rigorous dance program such as this, and the importance of maintaining our traditional art forms.

The performance begins at 7PM. The Bartlett Performing Arts Center is located at 3600 Avenue of the Cities in Moline, IL. Tickets can be obtained at the door or from a participating student performer. Additional information can be found on Facebook or on Instagram.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.