Bailadores de Bronce: A Seattle celebration of Mexican dance

The group is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year in a special performance with more than 30 dances at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at UW’s Meany Hall.

Bailadores de Bronce, a Mexican folkloric dancing group, will celebrate an important milestone in Seattle this week: Its 45th birthday.

A group of University of Washington students started the group in 1972 to share pride in their Mexican heritage through highly choreographed dance and music. The founders named the troupe Bailadores de Bronce, or “Bronze Dancers,” during the Chicano Movement as a way of expressing pride in the color of their skin.

The group will celebrating its 45th year in a special performance with more than 30 dances at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at UW’s Meany Hall.

On a recent evening at Seattle Center Armory building, Julian Perez and Andrea LaVare Malagon could be found practicing with the group.

Another dancer, Sarah Ramirez, 17, of Sammamish, joined the group a few years ago. She says she learned the intricate footwork, skirtwork and facial expressions share deep stories with rich history.

“Every state in Mexico has its own style of dance,” says Ramirez. “It has its own dresses, its own music, it’s own certain steps. …When people see us dance they see a part of Mexico. For example, my grandma, or my aunts or my mom when they see me they always end up crying because it’s something they left behind. …They remember their childhood, and they remember all of the happy times.”

Members of Bailadores de Bronce, a 45-year-old Mexican folkloric dance troupe, share how the art form tells stories, shares history and builds community. (Erika Schultz and Corinne Chin / The Seattle Times)

Her high-school classmate Anthony Hernandez, 17, said he didn’t grow up with a lot of Hispanic influences, and dancing helped him find a deeper understanding of himself.

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