Many of my most distinct childhood memories are with my grandparents in New Mexico. They’ll argue with you over whether they are Spaniards, mestizos or Apache descendants, but they are proud of our Mexican heritage. As a little girl we would attend festivals and twirl around in the dry Albuquerque air, the dust rising around the Folklorico dancers in a swirl of pink, teal and orange. I would walk with my Grandfather down the streets and hear stories of my Dad as a little boy. And when the day was over, we’d come home to the smell of enchiladas filling the home. My heritage is a source of pride and distinction, it’s a part of who I am. It is part of what makes my voice unique. It both grounds me and also helps me move forward as I connect with the beauty of where I came from.
Mi Familia is a celebration of those memories - and a joyful piece of what I believe heaven could look like. Fun, laughter, joy, no shame or sadness - just one big dance!
Excited to see the talented dancers of @ballet58 perform both at @indwes on September 20th and at the Daley Plaza Farmer's Market on September 26th! Link in bio with more info on this season's performances.
Photo of the dazzling @brettebbenedict by the one and only @lanakozol