Aztec Dancer

Wearing brilliantly colored feathers that represent the sun, traditional Aztec dancer, Carlos Castaneda, performs a high energy dance against the sky's last light.

His Grupo Tlaloc dance troupe honor their life and tradition through their dances and songs and with brilliant colors and sequins in their outfits, headdresses and musical instruments. Each dancer designs an outfit to represent an element of their preference. His represents wisdom, knowledge, purification, and the after-life.

Originating in central Mexico, the Azteca dance is the culmination of thousands of years of cultural wars, conquests and ultimately, survival. Through the dance steps, drum beats, and ceremonies, the memory of ancient peoples survives into the 21st century.

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