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The following article was posted on April 16th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 6 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 6

Righetti High folklorico took the stage at Ethel Pope

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM


DANCING IT UP
Righetti High School’s ballet folklorico students brightened up the stage at Ethel Pope Auditorium on April 11 and 12.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Ernest Righetti High School marimba band and ballet folklorico hit the stage on April 11 and 12 for their annual “Big Show” at the Ethel Pope Auditorium.

Students twirled and stamped in bright blue, pink, green, and yellow costumes, recreating dances from the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Veracruz. The Marimba band played mariachi-style songs such as “Rock ‘n’ Español” by La Quinta Estacion, Latin pop music by Juanes, and hits by Tex-Mex star Selena.

All in all, 45 musicians and dancers came together to bring on the folklorico celebration, which Director Ricardo Gabaldon said was the cornerstone of Righetti’s bilingual and bicultural program. He helped organize the group in the 1970s.

“The group was created to develop a positive sense of cultural identity and pride in accomplishment; to involve Chicano students in the life of their school; and to develop an acceptance and appreciation for Mexican culture,” Gabaldon said in a press release.

Senior performer Fabian Villegas said in the press release that the show gives many people a glimpse into a world of Mexican culture that they might not have seen before.

“It takes a lot of commitment, practice, and personal sacrifice to make a show like this happen,” Villegas said in the release. “In the end, it’s an awesome feeling to know that we have done our very best.”