Bastrop and Cedar Creek middle school dancers will perform the traditional and historical Mexican dance form ballet folklorico. "Folkloric dance" in English, ballet folklorico is a style of traditional Mexican dance which often incorporates local culture.

The free event will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 in front of the Bastrop Museum and Visitor’s Center downtown. Donations are welcome.

What to expect

The event will be emceed by visitor's Center associate Martha Huett, explaining the history behind each song in Spanish and English.

“Participants can step back in time and experience the rich traditions of Mexico through not only the colorful movements of ballet folklorico, but through the telling of the genre’s history,” said Nicole DeGuzman, executive director of the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center, in a news release.

The performance will be followed by a quick dance lesson and dance-along session in which audience members are encouraged to participate, led by the show’s producer Elda Walraven.

Bastrop ISD volunteer and performer Walraven’s work helps promote the art of ballet folklorico.

“This performance and dance-along is sure to leave you spellbound and eager to learn more about this vibrant cultural heritage,” she added.