Week #5: Mexican Dance with FTH Teaching Artist Alberto Lopez

 

While our doors are temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing measures, Flushing Town Hall would like to share our renowned, global arts programming online. Flushing Town Hall’s dedicated Teaching Artists are offering online classes in the new series “FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids.” The series of arts education will run Tuesday through Friday, and culminate in an online family matinee performance on Saturday. Each day participants will enjoy short videos of music or dance and post-lesson activities will be available online at FTH website: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/fth-at-home and live on Facebook Page and Youtube Channel each day at 2 PM. Participants are also encouraged to post short video clips of themselves learning on Facebook and tag FTH facebook page @flushingtownhall.

 

This week’s lessons introduce you to Mexican dance led by Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Alberto Lopez. Alberto is a master dance teacher, choreographer, costume designer and artistic director of Calpulli Mexican Dance company. Pausing at home doesn’t stop him from dancing, especially his passion — Mexican dances! Let’s join Alberto at his apartment in Queens and explore folk dances from Jalisco and Veracruz with what you have at home. Start with this simple activity to learn about Mexico: https://bit.ly/2xScF3b

 

(SPANISH) Las lecciones de esta semana te presentan el baile mexicano dirigido por el artista maestro de Flushing Town Hall Alberto López. Alberto es maestro de danza, coreógrafo, diseñador de vestuario y director artístico de la Compañía de Danza Mexicana Calpulli. Hacer una pausa en casa no le impide bailar, especialmente su pasión: ¡los bailes mexicanos! Unámonos a Alberto en su departamento en Queens y explore los bailes folclóricos de Jalisco y Veracruz con lo que tiene en casa. Comience con esta simple actividad para aprender sobre México en español e inglés: https://bit.ly/3cSE57U

 


 

Day 1: 

 

Flushing Town Hall teaching artist Alberto Lopez introduces you to Mexican dance with an easy-to-follow, energetic warm-up. The music La Raspa is a couple dance which originated in Veracruz and often performed during celebrations. Invite your sister, brother or any member of your family as your dance partner and let’s start dancing!  Check out this post-lesson activity to learn the glossary and greeting: https://bit.ly/2YlQcX9

 

(SPANISH) El artista maestro de Flushing Town Hall, Alberto López, te presenta la danza mexicana con un calentamiento enérgico y fácil de seguir. La música La Raspa es un baile en pareja que se originó en Veracruz y que a menudo se realiza durante las celebraciones. ¡Invita a tu hermana, hermano o cualquier miembro de tu familia como pareja de baile y comencemos a bailar! Consulte esta actividad posterior a la lección para aprender el glosario y los saludos en español: https://bit.ly/2Yh1ED0

 

 



Day 2:

 

In this lesson, you are going to learn the most recognizable song and dance in Jalisco, Mexico — El jarabe tapatio, known as the Mexican Hat Dance. Alberto will also explain the location of Jalisco on the map and show you the traditional Mexican male costume charro, a large brimmed hat sombrero and special shoes botas. Check out this post-lesson activity to make Mexican paper flowers: https://bit.ly/2yJX45R

 

(SPANISH) En esta lección, aprenderá la canción y el baile más reconocibles en Jalisco, México: El Jarabe Tapatío, conocido como Mexican Hat Dance. Alberto también explicará la ubicación de Jalisco en el mapa y le mostrará el tradicional traje mexicano de charro, un sombrero de ala ancha y zapatos especiales. Echa un vistazo a esta actividad posterior a la lección para hacer flores de papel mexicanas: https://bit.ly/3bJYOua

 


 

Day 3:

 

Have you ever heard La Bamba? Today Alberto will teach you this famous folk dance from Veracruz. You will need your homemade dance prop: one ribbon and one fan. You can use any long piece of fabric in house, and you can create a fan by simply putting one piece of cardboard between the chopsticks. You will learn how to tie a ribbon into a beautiful bow with only your feet!  Check out this post-lesson activity to make paper fans and sombreros: https://bit.ly/2Yeixyj

 

(SPANISH) ¿Alguna vez has escuchado La Bamba? Hoy Alberto te enseñará este famoso baile folklórico de Veracruz. Necesitarás tus accesorios de baile caseros: una cinta y un abanico. Puede usar cualquier pieza larga de tela en casa y puede crear un abanico simplemente colocando una pieza de cartón entre los palillos. ¡Aprenderá cómo atar una cinta en un hermoso lazo con solo sus pies! Echa un vistazo a esta actividad posterior a la lección para hacer abanicos del papel y sombreros: https://bit.ly/2y31ip1

 


 

Day 4:

 

Now that you have been introduced to La bamba, are you ready to put all the steps together and dance with music? Bring your homemade fan or sombrero and dress in your favorite costume. Add some gritos (shouts) and don’t forget to take a bow at the end. Check out this post-lesson activity to learn the climate and clothing in Veracruz: https://bit.ly/2KACiYU

 

(SPANISH) Ahora que te presentaron a La bamba, ¿estás listo para unir todos los pasos y bailar con música? Trae tu abanico o sombrero hecho en casa y vístete con tu disfraz favorito. Agregue algunos gritos y no olvide hacer una reverencia al final. Echa un vistazo a esta actividad posterior a la lección para aprender del clima y la ropa en Veracruz: https://bit.ly/2W4vSXg

 


 

Day 5:

 

On Saturday, May 2, at 2pm, please tune into our Facebook Page and enjoy a variety of folkloric Mexican dances performed by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. This compilation show includes Mexika Tiawi the traditional Aztec dance in Nahuatl, Boda Mexican from Guerrero, and Tierras Nayaritas from Nayarit. Try dancing along with the similar steps that Alberto taught you.

 

(SPANISH) El sábado 2 de mayo, a las 2 p.m., sintonice nuestra página de Facebook Page y disfrute de una variedad de bailes folclóricos mexicanos interpretados por la Compañía de Danza Mexicana Calpulli. Este espectáculo recopilatorio incluye a Mexika Tiawi, la danza tradicional azteca en náhuatl, Boda Mexicana de Guerrero y Tierras Nayaritas de Nayarit. Intenta bailar junto con los pasos similares que Alberto te enseñó.

 

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Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. 

 

Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.

 

Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.

 

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