Experiencing culture shock and learning English as an immigrant moving from Guatemala at age 14 significantly impacted my life. Then, as a first-generation college student, not only did I have to learn how college worked, I also had to translate and educate my parents on the process. Elgin Community College's welcoming environment made this transition smoother. I also joined TRiO, a program for traditionally underrepresented students, which provided me with the support and encouragement I needed to stay focused. In addition to being a student, I worked as a CNA. Being a front-line worker, working over 50 hours per week, and going to school was difficult, but if I was able to, I'm sure others can too!
The steps seam hard at first, but with practice they are actually fun to perform. A rond de jambe is perhaps the move that holds the most enjoyment for the smallest ballerinas to perform. To be really good at ballet is to understand the history and enjoy classical music. My first dance studio, the instructor taught the history of ballet as well as the meaning behind all the moves and steps. My all time favorite ballet to watch is the Nutcracker, music wrote by non other than Tchaikovsky. With each step on the stage you are a character and are there to perform for the audience. In that moment for are more than yourself.
The truth is that each and every one of us has our own personal reason s for dancing this style of dance. Whether you started dancing as a child or as an adult, for pleasure or just happened to take a folklorico class in college and then realized you wanted to be a part of a folklorico company For the members of Ballet Folklorico Company dancing folklorico has proved wonderful, not only because of the personal satisfaction it provides, but also because it has brought us together. Our group is made up dancers who are also lawyers, social workers, teachers, chemists, athletes, in high school, in college, etc.
Revoution, one of Hernandez's last works, shows the role of women in the Mexican war for independance. After forty-eight years, the company has perfected a theatrical spectacle designed to instill cultural pride as it dazzles. Hernandez has implied in interviews that her transformation of social, vernacular and folk dances for the international stage is intended to be representative, not necessarily authentic. Less engaging were dances that represented the pre-Hispanic roots of Mexican culture, a heritage that easily fell prey to romantic and mystical images.