ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Dancing is engrained in Hispanic culture. There are numerous different Latin dances that come to mind. From the Salsa to the merengue, people come alive when dancing.
Local group, Ballet Folkorico Vive Mexico, keeps the traditions alive.
Omar Huitron is a dancer with the group. He was hesitant when he first joined but has learned to enjoy the tradition.
“My parents are fairly content with it. They were the ones who encouraged me to start doing it and have supported me all the way through it,” said Huitron.
It is also a history lesson for the people involved.
Samira Sotelo dances with the group as well. She says being involved teaches her about the Mexican culture through the music and dances.
“It just shows me how beautiful Mexico is like how creative they are,” said Sotelo.
The group practices several times a week for their performances. You can see them at schools and nursing homes around the Basin as well as at festivals around the state.
Be sure to join us for a Hidden History special on Sept. 29 as we take a deeper dive into the Hispanic culture here in Odessa in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.