ABOUT AZTEC DANCE:
Contemporary Aztec Dance has its roots in pre-Cuauhtemoc ceremonial dance traditions and rites of passage ceremonies that were at the heart of the religious, political, and artistic foundation of the Aztec civilization. After the Spanish conquest, native forms of knowledge and religious expression, including dance, were banned and punishable by death. Those who survived the conquest found ways in which to preserve their cultural traditions in secrecy that have made possible the revival of these traditions today. During the 1960s and 70s, Aztec Dance sprouted throughout the Southwest among politicized Chicana/o communities. For many Chicanas and Chicanos, this was a positive form of resistance against assimilation and marginalization that took the form of cultural pride and the reclamation of repressed histories.
Today, Aztec Dance continues to grow and develop in fascinating ways as the struggle for equal rights continues. This Aztec Dance tradition provides its participants access to embodied recuperations of indigenous epistemologies. Contemporary danzantes (Aztec dancers) express their indigeneity through an aesthetic that includes traditional forms of dress through the use of Aztec dance regalia. By wearing Mesoamerican images, glyphs, and symbols, danzantes are reviving and preserving Mesoamerican art, including symbolic representations and expressions of religious philosophies. The practicing of Aztec Dance and taking on an indigenous aesthetic through dress and body adornment are a testament to the empowering role that spiritual traditions and artistic expressions have on the formation of the Chicano’s political consciousness and indigenous identity.
CHICANA/O STUDIES 352: AZTEC DANCE & CULTURE:
This course offers an introductory study of Aztec Dance and Culture. Students will examine fundamental techniques, styles, rhythms, and choreographies of Aztec Dance, along with its history, cultural symbols, Pan-Indian/Intertribal relationships, study of various instruments, regalia, and deciphering the Aztec Calendar. Students will also learn about the history of Aztec Dance in Mexico and the United States.
* Recognize and distinguish between Mesoamerican, Mexican and Chicano History as it applies to the
* Demonstrate and perform the basic elements and components of Aztec Dances.
* Differentiate several components of the Aztec Calendar and understand the relationship between the
* Develop an awareness of Pre-Columbian instruments, clothing, and dance regalia used in Aztec Dance.
* Gain multicultural perspectives and respect for diverse indigenous cultures throughout the Americas.
* Develop and/or recognize a Chicana/o identity, inclusive of indigenous roots, by researching Aztec birth
symbols & characteristics.CI’s STUDENT CLUB “DANZA TLALOC OLLIN”:
Danza Tlaloc Ollin’s objective is to promote an appreciation for multiculturalism on campus and in the Ventura County area while educating students and community members about Mesoamerican indigenous dances and traditions; as well as to build a community based relationship between diverse clubs and club members, and to promote a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness, healthy eating, and cultural awareness.
Under the guidance of Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc (DMC), a community-based and nationally recognized traditional Mexica dance group, CI’s Danza Tlaloc Olin’s objective is to adhere to DMC’s mission, which is to preserve and promote Mexica/Azteca culture, ceremonies, ancient dances and traditions. Danza Tlaloc Olin is dedicated to building unity, understanding, mutual respect and harmony amongst all students and other members of CI and Ventura County communities. This is to be done by coming together and supporting one another in our quest for educational, social, and cultural justice. Our mission statement speaks directly to CI’s mission pillars of multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary learning.
For more information, please contact Veronica Valadez firstname.lastname@example.org
Choreography- Veronica Valadez, with the help of her indigenous ancestors
Music- Traditional Aztec Drumming
Drums- Lauren Negrete
Composers- Our Mesoamerican Ancestors
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