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Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico set to dance at Pikes Peak Center

click to enlarge Dancers from the Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico.
  • Dancers from the Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico.

If you saw Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico and find yourself thirsting for more of the wonder and legend surrounding our neighbors to the south (minus the flying bullets and Johnny Depp, of course) then look no further. The Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico is coming to the Pikes Peak Center on Friday.

Expect colorful swirling skirts, native costumes, mariachis in big sombreros, and lots of spectacular headdresses. The show, put on by the company of 35 singers, dancers and musicians, serves as a well-rounded education on the many different regional dance styles that tell some of the many folk stories of Mexico.

Among the dances performed will be the well-known "La Bamba" and the lesser-known "Danza del Venado" (Dance of the Deer), a traditional dance of the Yaqui Indians that represents the struggle between good and evil.

In conjunction with the show, the Nuestra Musica Festival takes place all day long on the lawn of the Pikes Peak Center. There will be crafts, food and music for the whole family, as well as an appearance by Mayor Lionel Rivera.

-- Tamara Matthews

capsule Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Fri., Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.

$20.50; 520-SHOW

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