PORTAGE | The Ballet Folklorico Tapatio of Northwest Indiana will present Fiesta Folklorico 2013 at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Portage High School West auditorium.
The lineup includes the addition of the Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company of Arizona and the Milwaukee-based mariachi singer Salvador Villanueva.
Also returning this year will be the Mexican Folkloric Dance Co. of Chicago.
Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased online in advance at www.balletfolkloriconwi.com, at El Cantarito restaurants in Portage and Chesterton or from any dancer.
Advanced tickets are $10 adults, $5 children (4 and under free). Tickets at the door are $15 adults with no change in child price.
The Ballet Folklorico Tapatio of NWI consists of 20 boys and girls between the ages of five and 16, of different ethnicities and from both Lake and Porter counties.
“I am proud of the fact that even though we are a small group, we are hosting one of the biggest Hispanic Heritage events in Porter County. To have talent such as Fiesta Mexicana call and ask if they can be part of our event, free of charge, simply does not happen," said director Marissela Lynch.
"Their director, Daniel Martinez, began his career in this area and was my first dance instructor. He is doing this for us because he is a believer in giving back to the community and also preserving one’s culture," said Lynch.
Lynch said they are seeking funding for the other performers and expenses. This year’s major expense requires the purchase of a portable dance floor.
To raise funds, the group is offering several "rewards" in exchange for contributions, which include reserved tickets in the first two rows and a 30-minute performance by Lynch’s group. A video explains the fundraising rewards and can be accessed at their website, www.balletfolkloriconwi.com.
For more information, please call Lynch at (219) 331-5132.