The Mexican Heritage Dance Team is made up of girls from southwest Michigan who are of Mexican heritage. The purpose of our group is to share our love of Mexican dance, history and culture with the community.
We would love to add a little Mexican taste to your event by providing what we call "Educational Entertainment." You'll learn some of the history and see lots of the beauty! We have danced at a variety of venues: private parties, libraries, churches, community events, restaurants and schools. Below are some examples of each region we represent.
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Performances dates are available in August-November 2022.
These costumes originated in Jalisco, Mexico but have become popular in folkloric dancing all throughout Mexico and in the United States. They normally have wide skirts to give the dancers a wide range of motion when the dancers spin or spread their skirts. These skirts are normally bright colors and trimmed with vibrant ribbons. The dancers also normally wear ribbons and flowers to decorate their hair.
The Yucatán costume is characterized by its intricate embroidery. The bright patterns stand out against the white fabric and originated with the traditions of their ancestors. Thus this style is popular where Mayan culture is still prevalent including Chiapas, Yucatán, and even Guatemala. The woman’s dress is made up of three parts (terno) including the square lapel, a dress reaching to the knees (huipil), and the long skirt reaching the ankles (fustán).
This costume is highly influenced by the Spanish and African culture, stemming from the New Spain Era of the region. Unlike the Spanish influence, these dresses use lighter fabrics to create the same lush textures but are more suitable for the hotter climate. The floral headpiece is placed in the traditional updo, typically on the left for single women and the right for married women. The white color is very symbolic of purity and is often used in traditions. After Mexico gained independence, these costumes adapted the black apron with a floral pattern to better symbolize the region.
Michoacan: Los Viejitos (the Old Men)
This dance is meant to be a humorous depiction of old men from the region. These masks normally portray men with wide smiles and big hats with bright ribbons. The dancers start hunched over with their walking canes, but their movements turn vigorous then back to frail again. Dancers traditionally wear wooden shoes to make their steps more impactful, especially as the movements become more rapid. Like many other costumes, this dance includes white clothes with bright colorful accents.
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