DANZA Dance to preserve the prehispanic traditions
A dance and ceremony celebrating Day of the Dead was held Nov. 1 at the Central Oregon Community College Campus Center.Willan Cervantes, founder and instructor of the dance and heritage group, led a group of Latino Club students in a series of dances celebrating the prehispanic roots of the event.
Cervantes, who has a master’s degree in political philosophy and cultural anthropology, and has been a practitioner of the Aztec traditional dancing for about 15 years. Cervantes and the club members practiced for this event for about two months.
At the end of the presentation, Cervantes invited spectators with deceased loved ones to honor them by placing a flower on the altar.
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