¡Es una fiesta, Colorado!

Georgetown hosts Ballet Folklorico performance for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/20/21

For Morrison's Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, Georgetown's Library Park transformed into a Mexican zocalo, or plaza, Saturday afternoon. It was a place of joining together, sharing and celebrating. The …

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¡Es una fiesta, Colorado!

Georgetown hosts Ballet Folklorico performance for National Hispanic Heritage Month

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For Morrison's Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, Georgetown's Library Park transformed into a Mexican zocalo, or plaza, Saturday afternoon.

It was a place of joining together, sharing and celebrating.

The mariachi music reverberating throughout downtown, the sunlight shining on the dancers' colorful traditional garb, and a receptive crowd cheering them on.

On Saturday, the Georgetown Cultural Arts Program hosted a Ballet Folklorico performance featuring the Fiesta Colorado Dance Company and the Talisman Trio mariachi band. The event was in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Along with those locals who came out especially for the performance, it also drew interest from dozens of passersby and caused some rubber-necking among motorists driving through downtown Georgetown from Guanella Pass. While that made the overall attendance hard to count, the event was incredibly well-received by both spectators and performers.

"It feels like a real fiesta," Trujillo-Lucero, the dance company's founder and artistic director, said.

The Talisman Trio started around 2 p.m. Saturday, and with Fiesta Colorado delayed until later in the afternoon, several couples and families took the opportunity to dance around the stage.

Once the dance company arrived, there was about 15 minutes of overlap where the mariachi band played while the Fiesta Colorado dancers performed. Then, as the trio started tearing down, Fiesta Colorado continued performing to pre-recorded music.

This was the company's first time performing in Georgetown, and Trujillo-Lucero said she and her five fellow dancers had a lot of fun. Recently, the group has been doing a lot of inaugural performances where the members grew up, and Georgetown has been a part of that trend, she described.

While Trujillo-Lucero isn't from Georgetown, she described how she visited a lot when she was younger and still fishes at the lake frequently.

Trujillo-Lucero added that she's most enjoyed performing in Snowmass, Leadville and similar communities, because the Latino residents "have a really positive connection that brings them home." She hoped the performance in Georgetown had a similar impact.

"This month celebrates the beauty of all of our cultures," she said of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

It also helps to bring the performance to the mountain communities, she said, because most people won't seek it out if they have to journey to Denver to do so.

Les and Veronica Maes, Georgetown residents and owners of the Sweet Easy, sponsored the event, saying they appreciated Fiesta Colorado traveling to Georgetown for its third performance on Saturday.

Veronica hoped that both the dance company and mariachi trio return one day for another performance.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring different perspectives and cultures to Georgetown," she said of sponsoring the event.

Neighbors Diane Anderson and Kat Smith have enjoyed listening to the Mountain Jams Summer Concert Series every Saturday from their porches near downtown.

This time, though, the two and Smith's 3-year-old daughter, Holly, took a short walk to watch the Ballet Folklorico performance in-person.

Holly has been studying ballet and tap, Smith explained, and enjoyed dancing to the Talisman Trio's music before Fiesta Colorado arrived.

Holly and her mom thought the dancers' garb was pretty and the music was very good. So, it was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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