Corazón y alma
It’s been 18 years since a group of Mexican-American parents in Woodland decided they would not let their children grow up without knowledge of their heritage. These parents formed Folklorico Latino de Woodland to teach young people respect for their Mexican roots through traditional dance. Since then, dozens of children have participated in the organization. The troupe has won awards, traveled throughout Northern California, and performed at events as diverse as the California State Fair and the Monterey Squid Festival. The group has granted college scholarships to its graduating members and, through it all, helped to maintain the community’s sense of cultural pride.
This 18-year legacy owes much to its founding members. That’s why this year, Folklorico Latino’s annual showcase is dedicated to the late Marina Ramirez, who worked with the troupe since its inception. Two talented vocalists, Bertha Torres and Rafael Vargas, will join with the Folklorico Latino dancers and trick-roping cowboy James Barrera for a heartfelt tribute entitled Marina Ramirez: Corazón y Alma.
This performance is a one-night event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Woodland Opera House, located at 340 Main Street in Woodland. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Call (530) 666-7889 for more information.