Traditions have a way of lasting several lifetimes or dying a slow death. Sociologists and psychirists differ on reasons why traditions fade. Each is probably accurate in their assessment but what about those traditions which disappeared and may return? One such example exists in Florence.
Gone for the last 15 years has been Los Pequenos, a colorful, local group of Baile Folklorico dancers who used to entertain residents and visitors at various local events. This style of dance dates back to 1810 Mexico’s War of Independence and has seen several variations over the years.
The reasons for its disappearance are unknown but four women intend to revive this particular style of dance, in Florence. Rosemary Cordova, Janeane Candelaria, Elena Wilcox and Paula Bonilla are holding an informational open house on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Florence Library and Community Center.
Boys and girls ages 4 through 18 and their families are invited to attend and possibly be a part of a new local Folklorico dance group, titled Los Pequenos de Florence. Making new friends, traveling and performing at various events all await the dance performers.
The library and community center are located at 778 N. Main Street. For more information please contact Megan Cetta at (520) 868-7589.