|Smiling young Nashville dancers. Source: Destellos Culturales de Nashville|
The Tennessean has a story out today on The Hispanic Cultural Heritage Foundation, an effort to get Nashville's children and young adults into the arts through cultural expression.
If you've seen a live performance of traditional Mexican dancing in Nashville, you might have seen the Foundation's dance troupe Destellos Culturales de Nashville.
Destellos Culturales performers with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, August 2010
- That children who participate in the group be able to study in a university and gain an excellent academic and professional level, improving both the style of life they lead as well as the economic conditions in which they are embedded.
- That the participants develop artistic skills in dancing, acting and sports.
- To give parents an opportunity to specialize in a trade to improve their income, thus having a better family welfare.
- To integrate families, in which parents and children involved in dancing, traveling, decorating, invent and enjoy the experience to share culture, art, sports, etc.
- To keep participants away from vandalism, alcohol and drugs by inviting them to a positive change imbued with history, dance, culture, sport and a healthy lifestyle.
(L-R) Maria Antonieta Strain and Patricia Vivanco
(L-R) Cinthia Padilla, Carlos Tirres, and Ramon Cisneros
The Destellos Culturales web site is destellosculturales.org