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Students dance for holiday

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneYvette Brito, 9, adjusts her traditional gown before performing a Mexican dance for her classmates at Al Tahoe Elementary school on Friday.
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Al Tahoe Elementary School students grabbed their plastic chairs and walked outside so they could sit in comfort while watching the Cinco de Mayo show performed by their fellow classmates.

Two half-hour shows were performed by Al Tahoe students who donned traditional Mexican dress and danced to Mexican music to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Friday afternoon.

Starting in January, Socorro Wackenhut and Monica Candelario taught the children dance steps during school on Tuesdays and after school on Thursdays.

Carlos Galvan, 10, began dancing three years ago. His smile exhibited how much he enjoyed performing.

“I’ve been doing it for a long time,” he said. “There really is no reason to get nervous.”

Another long-term dancer is Adriana Aguilar, 10. She said she likes the blue dress she wears for the show.

“(Wackenhut) is really nice and she never gives up on us because some kids get in trouble and she keeps it up.”

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The battle came to symbolize Mexican unity and patriotism by showing the world that Mexico could defend itself.


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