Marilú Pérez's Folklorico Interview
Amphitheater High School
May 19, 2004
Interviewers: Elizabeth Gastelum and Roberto Montes
- Where did you grow up?
I was born in Sonora, Mexico. My family moved around a lot and we lived in Hermosillo, Caborca, Obregon, and Nogales. I was six years old when we came to Tucson.
- How old were you when you started learning to dance folklorico?
I started when I was around six.
- What interested you in folklorico dancing?
I like how there are a variety of dances. Folklorico is the most varied because it comes from different States. Also, I find it interesting because it is part of a culture.
- Tell us about the dance. Do you have a favorite song to dance to? Why is it your favorite?
Jalisco is my favorite for dancing. I like to dance to fast beats. I like dancing to many Folklorico styles like Nuevo Leon, Veracruz, Yucatan, Jalisco, Nayarit , Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Hildalgo, and Tamaulipas.
- Do you sing? Do you have a favorite song? Why is it your favorite?
I sing just for fun and I like Shakira.
- Are other members of your family involved as dancers?
I have older brothers and sisters who used to dance.
- Who are the dancers you admire, or have influenced your love of folklorico?
I would say that my older brothers and sisters and other members of folklorico. Since they were older than me, I was able to learn quickly.
- What do you like best about performing?
The excitement that every person looks at you and you feel important and energetic. I like the traveling, meeting people and dancers from other countries. We danced for people from Iraq and Afghanistan and I would not have had the opportunity to meet them if it wasn’t for dancing folklorico.
- Tell us about any performances that you've done.
I have been performing for 13 years, about 5-8 times a year. Place that I have performed in are California , Nevada, Arizona, and Veracruz, Mexico.
- What relationship do you see between folklorico dancing and Hispanic culture?
Pretty much that folklorico is part of the Latin American culture because it comes from each individual state or country. There is a tradition in every country and in Mexico, each state has a different type of dance. Although each state has folklorico within its culture, no two are the same.
- Our project is called Del Corazón, “from the heart." What does Folklorico mean to you? Is the dancing about community? Language? History? Good times? Family? etc.
It’s about everything that has to do with dance. Not only from Mexico but from other countries, although they don’t call it “folklorico.”
- What advice would you give to me about performing folklorico?
Try different groups around town and look for the dance that best goes with you. Don’t be intimidated by the more advanced groups. There are different levels and let yourself be challenged to do the best you can.
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