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December 5, 2017 > Fiestas Navidenas celebrates Christmas in Mexico traditions

Fiestas Navidenas celebrates Christmas in Mexico traditions

Submitted By Benny Murietta Valles de Baeza

The sparkle of a holiday celebration comes alive this season at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center for all ages to enjoy. The Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro presents ÒFiestas Navidenas,Ó featuring a cast of over 55 dancers accompanied by the lively music of Mariachi Colima de Javier Magallon. ÒFiestas NavidenasÓ delivers a colorful South-of-the-Border celebration laden with seasonal accents such as the traditional Christmas Posada procession, Mexican Holiday songs, a visit by the Three Wise Men, and a finale performed in the true spirit of a vibrant holiday fiesta.

The Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro, based in Hayward, is considered a rising star in the Northern California folklórico scene as well as in other areas of the country. Formed in 2009 as an offshoot of another Bay Area folklórico troupe, Costa de Oro's principal artists have been dancing together for many years, some since their early teens. Artistic Director Steven J. KoneffKlatt trained and performed with the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de México of Amalia Hernandez, while other company members have study and trained with renown maestros from Mexico as well.

The Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro is known for its creative choreography and its comprehensive performance repertoire. ArizonaÕs CoolidgeÕs Examiner calls it Òtightly choreographed and expertly performed,Ó and the Honolulu Star writes that it is a Òtreasure chest of Mexican traditions.Ó

For those interested in taking dance classes, all ages are invited to register for the upcoming season beginning January 8, 2018. Classes are held at BF Costa de Oro Dance Studio in Hayward. Contact BF Costa de Oro at (510) 316-3237 or (510) 372-7294 for further information.

Fiestas Navidenas
Saturday, Dec 9 & Sunday, Dec 10
Dec 9: 7 p.m.
Dec 10: 3 p.m.
San Leandro Performing Arts Center
2250 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro
(510) 316-3237
Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door; seniors/children (4-16) $25 advance, $27 at the door; children under 3 are free

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