April 08, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Free Workshops Teach Mexican Dance and Music

The Springfield Sister Cities Association will host several cultural exchange opportunities with artists from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, which will be free and open to the public as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the relationship between Springfield and Tlaquepaque.

These dance and music workshops will lead up to the annual ArtsFiesta! event, which will take place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 3, at its new location on Park Central Square. ArtsFiesta!, which will have free admission this year, showcases the returning Mariachi Viva Xalisco performing with local dance troupes. New features include bilingual stories and crafts for kids at Park Central Branch library and a beer tent sponsored by Mother's Brewing.

Dance Workshops

Two members of the Tlaquepaque Folkloric Ballet will offer free lessons for traditional folkloric Mexican dances over five days of workshops before ArtsFiesta! These free workshops will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., daily from April 16-20 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave. These classes are open to all age groups, and for beginning to advanced dancers. The deadline is enroll is Monday, April 15.

For more information or to register for the workshops, call (417) 861- 5119. The visiting instructors, Sandra Franco and Silvia Diaz, also will perform at ArtsFiesta!

Music Workshops

The SSCA also will host three music teachers from Tlaquepaque, who will offer a series of free workshops to teach local residents how to perform traditional Mexican mariachi music. Participants should have some knowledge of music and already play the guitar, violin or trumpet.

The teachers - Jesus Cervantes, Bernando Ruvalcaba, and Enrique Quezada - also will bring a vihuela (a guitar-like instrument with six double strings) and a guitarron (a large, acoustic bass). Both are integral to mariachi music and will be available for guitar players interested in learning those instruments.

The workshops will take place at the Christian Church "Casa de Oracion," 3935 W. Sunshine St., during the following times:

Both workshop series will progress from beginning to advanced. For more information, or to register for the workshops, call (417) 861-5119.

The SSCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation among individuals from our community and those of our sister cities. For more information, visit: www.peacethroughpeople.org; or "like" SSCA at facebook.com/springfieldsistercities.

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, Sister Cities Coordinator, (417) 864-1341; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, (417) 874-2176 or (417) 224-5510.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191