A look at the history of México – from the pre-Hispanic era of the indigenous population to the arrival of the Spaniards and Christianity to the recent presidential elections – was on full display Saturday night at the 2016 Danzas de Libertad Art Festival.
The Mexican history was presented with theater and dance, with accompanying exhibits of photographs and traditional costumes.
Contraluz Teatral, Ballet Folklórico Alta California, Tonatiuh Danzantes del Quinto Sol, Ballet Folklórico Cielito Lindo, Ballet Folklórico y Marimba de Fresno, and, Ballet Folklórico de Madera combined for the presentation.
Organizers also honored Cecilia Bega Montoya Ríos, who began her folklórico dance career in 1976 when she joined the Porterville College dance group. She has taught dancing at Madera, Madera South and Liberty high schools. She was a founding member of Ballet Folklórico Alta California.