Isabel Rodriguez, a second-grade teacher at Dillon Valley Elementary School, started the folkloric dance program this year. The dance group meets once a week on Thursdays after school, and it’s entirely free for students to attend, thanks to a lot of volunteer hours from teachers and parents. The class is open only to Dillon Valley students and regularly sees around 40 participants. Rodriguez said the skirts and other elements of the costumes are a big part of folkloric dancing. Parents and teachers of the kids involved made many of the costumes.
Students, parents and teachers will perform one more time this school year in a talent show on the last day of school, presenting different dances from Spain, Rodriguez said. Art teacher Lynn Krystopa said her daughter, Madeline, is a fifth-grader and is hoping to come back next year as a middle-schooler and participate
“All of the kids who participated were all being risk-takers in going to rehearsal and learning something new and performing it in front of almost 400 people,” she said of the all-school assembly for Cinco de Mayo. “I think that was great for all of them.”