EC professors give a glimpse of Chicano music and dance as a part of the “Celebration of Chicano Culture” series

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The “Nuestras Raíces” dance ensemble performs at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan

As part of the “Celebration of Chicano Culture” series of cultural events currently scheduled at El Camino College, a combined music and dance performance was held at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1.

This event was hosted by EC history professor, Xocoyotzin Herrera and EC Spanish professor, Argelia Andrade.

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EC History Professor Xocoyotzin Herrera co-hosts a celebration of Chicano Culture at Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan
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EC professor Argelia Andrade concludes the "Son Huasteca y Son Jarocho" performance at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan

The Herrera Family’s music ensemble, Conjunto Hueyapan (“a place by the coast”), played Son Jarocho music from the Vera Cruz area. Professor Herrera gave a brief explanation about this type of music, and about the types of instruments typically used. He then sang and played the arpa jarocha (Vera Cruz harp) and the jarana jarocha (eight-stringed guitar).

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The Conjunto Hueyapan music ensemble performs Son Jarocho at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan

The Trío Chicontepec music ensemble showcased Son Huasteca, music from the Huasteca area which includes Veracruz, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Querétaro and Puebla.

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Trío Chicontepec performs Son Huasteca with EC professor, Xocoyotzin Herrera at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan
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El Trío Chicontepec performs Son Huasteca at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan

The Conjunto Hueyapan and Trío Chicontepec ensembles then joined in a light-hearted collaboration, with décimas (improvised verses) and bromas (jokes) flying back and forth.

Andrade’s dance ensemble Nuestras Raíces (“our roots”) performed Mexican folkloric dances such as the zapateado, to the tunes played by both musical groups. Andrade herself danced as well.

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The men of the Nuestras Raíces dance ensemble perform at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan
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Dancers from the Nuestras Raíces folkloric dance ensemble perform at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan

Cultural pride emanated from the hosts and from all three ensembles, which the audience could appreciate fully during the course of the colorful event.

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The "Nuestras Raíces" dance ensemble performs at the Marsee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Photo credit: Jack Kan