June 23, 2000

Hispanic - Mexican Ballet Celebrates 25 years of Dance With Special Performance

On June 30, 2000, the Hispanic-Mexican Ballet (HMB) will celebrate 25 years as an active dance group in San Diego County. It was organized in 1975, by Celia Macias and Teresa Gomez, to promote Mexican music and dance among the local youths.

The Hispanic-Mexican Ballet Folkloric Group. Seen in this picture are dance members (left to right) Cesar Duarte, Ami Bryson, Javier Valdovinos, Mayra Saldana, Alberto Soto and Karolina Caudillo

Since its inception HMB has trained hundred of youths in dances from all the regions of Mexico. These youths for the last 23 years have performed at the Bazaar del Mundo Stage in Old Town. Each Saturday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. you will find members of the group performing for the enjoyment of the public. HMB is the official dance group of the Bazaar del Mundo and one of the main attractions at the Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Old Town.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary HMB will stage a Mexican folkloric dance extravaganza on June 30 at the East County Performing Arts Center, 210 E. Main Street, El Cajon. The evening's program will include dance numbers from 10 regions in Mexico which include the popular states of Jalisco, Veracruz, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Along with the dance extravaganza, musical numbers will be presented by Mariachi Continental and Los Alacranes Mojados.

Rebeca Bermudez, the dance director and founding member, believes HMB is the oldest Mexican folkloric dance group to operate in California. HMB is also a founding member of Danzantes Unidos, the statewide Mexican folkloric dance organization.

Tickets for the June 30 performance at 8 p.m. are $10 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased by calling (619) 265-1125 or at each Saturday's performance at the Bazaar del Mundo Stage in Old Town.

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