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A performance at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Historical Museum, La Cienega, New Mexico, June 5, 1999

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Expresiones Dance Company
A Local Legacy

New Mexican dance has many influences - even hip-hop.

The Expresiones Dance Company performs traditional dances and music from all over Mexico. The performers also include other dance styles found in New Mexico culture, such as hip-hop, Latin, and Azteca, an old Mexican dance with a religious flavor. The dance company has performed not just in New Mexico but all over the United States, including Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, and even Disney World's Epcot Center in Florida. The dancers have also appeared on national television.

New Mexico culture has been shaped by many different groups of people over the centuries. Indians such as the Navajo, Pueblo, Apache, and Ute, have lived there for thousands of years. Beginning in the 1500s, the Spanish explored and settled in the area. In the 1800s, New Mexico became a part of Mexico and then of the United States. Through their performances, the dancers of the Expresiones Dance Company help preserve this complex culture and tradition of New Mexico.

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