Two Southern Colorado groups are representing the Centennial State today’s Presidential Inaugural Parade. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz caught up with them last week and has more.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Ballet Folklorico de la Raza is a Mexican folk dancing troupe based in Colorado Springs. Just before Christmas, the group got a phone call inviting them to perform in the Parade. Instructor Danae Torres says 16 advanced dancers are expected to participate.

“We’ve got all kinds of emotions running right now, but more than anything we’re just excited to be able to represent the state of Colorado. We’re excited to represent, just the people, the nation.”

The group formed in 1994 and usually performs at events like weddings and the State Fair.

Also selected to march in the Parade is Pueblo West-based Native American Women Warriors, a nation-wide group of women veterans. President and Founder Mitchelene Big Man says ten members are ready to march in traditional Native American dress, with special beading to designate specific tribes.

“Originally the jingle dress comes from the Ojibwe tribe, but the reason why we chose those dresses, that style of dress is because of what it stands for. It’s a prayer, and it’s a dance of healing.”

The nearly three-year-old group operates mainly online and over the phone. The Parade means several of the members will meet face to face for the first time.

 

Comments are closed.

News

iStockphoto
May 23, 2015 | NPR · Whether you’re barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here’s how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.
 

Courtesy of James Mollison
May 23, 2015 | NPR · From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.
 

Getty Images
May 23, 2015 | NPR · Both sides in the debate conceded that the referendum to ensconce marriage equality in the Irish constitution has succeeded.
 

Arts & Life

iStockphoto
May 23, 2015 | NPR · Whether you’re barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here’s how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.
 

Courtesy of Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers
May 23, 2015 | NPR · Heather Dixon’s novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.
 

Courtesy of Sean Kelly/Copyright Kehinde Wiley
May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Brooklyn Museum’s mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
May 23, 2015 | NPR · The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR’s Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 22, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The music of the saxophonist’s three-CD, nearly three-hour work comes to life in its full glory, assisted by his long-time working band, a choir, strings and plenty of special guests.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 22, 2015 | NPR · The era of the protest song might seem gone, but NPR Music host Jason King has curated a 100-hour-long playlist of R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop protest music that spans decades (including this one).
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab