The youth group is open to everyone with the opportunity to connect all dancers to Mexican culture and the Spanish language. Joyas Mestizas has several upcoming shows.
SEATTLE — To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month – KING 5 welcomes a live performance by Joyas Mestizas – Seattle area’s first Mexican Folk Youth Group.
Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 to highlight the many Spanish-speaking countries and their culture, cuisine, music, and for some, celebrations celebrate independence day.
September 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day when the country declared its independence from Spain.
In Seattle, there are several events celebrating Heritage Month, including performances by Joyas Mestizas. The youth dance group will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 16 at the parade in South Park for Fiestas Patrias.
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Fiestas Patrias is a free, two-day festival that celebrates the independence of Latin American countries, many of which celebrate their Independence Day in September. The festival begins with a parade at 11 a.m.
To view local Hispanic Heritage Month events, click here.
Joyas Mestizas’ mission is to maintain a connection to Mexican culture among children in the Pacific Northwest through traditional dance, music, and costumes of the region.
The group has been performing before audiences in Western Washington since 1988. Many of the Joyas dancers are of Hispanic descent, but the group welcomes everyone.
Joyas Mestizas instructor Luna Garcia said joining the group is an opportunity for youth to share and explore diverse cultures.
To watch Garcia’s full interview and Joyas Mestizas’ special performance, click on the video player above.