We had three different groups, one was traditional Mexican dances, another was more modern dances, like Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue and Banda Music, the last was some basic Hip Hop and Reggaetton. I taught the Mexican Dances, cumbia, salsa, Merengue and Banda. The students would research the other stuff.
The group got started when we participated in the parade for Oxford's 250 anniversary. Everybody loved our dances! It was one of the most amazing days! Oxford had a growth of Mexican population around 1999 and 2003, and everybody was always very welcoming to the families. The parade was HUGE, and long! Maybe 4-5 miles long. We were welcomed by everybody in the town. The Mexican families and white families would shout out the names of the kids they knew, After that we were invited to a ton of other performances.
|After the Parade|
|Practice in my parent's backyard|
|The Cumbia performance|
|Our picture from the Local Newspaper|
The kids were amazing, and all so talented! Our group grew as we were invited everywhere! We participated in the Halloween Parade, the Christmas Caroling Group, the Cinco de Mayo Festival, the Latino/ Hispanic Student Conference in West Chester University, the Memorial day parade. We also started to include other activities, like we had a group that helped paint a mural at the Local Library, a group that did book readings for kids and a group that helped out in the ESL classes.
I had simple rules for the group, everything we did had to be family friendly, meaning I didn't want the group to do a performance that would be sexually suggestive, or offensive to others.
|Multicultural day at the Library. Ivan and Nina were two of our hardest working students.|
|Cinco de Mayo Festival. Mayra and Daniel Dancing Cumbia|
|Doing a hair flip at the Cinco de Mayo Festival|
I was working with many other organizations at the time, and a group of Middle School girls from Girl Scouts that I was working with, did a very sexually suggestive performance at the Cinco de Mayo Festival, and another Student Support Specialist who saw it, said that I should not have let them do that performance, because they were very young and sent me to have a talk with them. I had nothing to do with their dance! I don't even know how they got into the Festival! But because I worked with those girls 1 day a week, it got pinned on me! I didn't even see their performance!
Some of the students in the picture went off to college and started their own dance groups, and I want to hope that I had a little bit to do with that!
In 2005 I got married and moved to the Harrisburg Area. I missed this job for many years! It was, one of my favorite jobs!
What has been one of your favorite jobs?
Did anybody elses bad job got pinned on you?
Have you been in a parade?
Ever worked with High School Students?