Presentations have included city events, colleges & universities, mariachi concerts, parades, special events, fiestas and festivals, accompanying Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Las Reynas de Los Angeles on several different occasions, including the first two years of The Riverside Mariachi Festival. Other presentations include performances at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, Plaza Mexico in Inglewood, The Riverside Festival of Lights, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in City of Industry, The LA County Fair in Pomona and The Orange County Fair in Long Beach.
For Presentation Bookings please contact Richard R. Solorzano Jr. at (909) 201-1957 or by email email@example.com ."
Other names affiliated with group are Ballet Folklorico de Herencia Mexicana de Richard Solorzano, Herencia Mexicana, Ballet Folklorico Nuestra Herenacia Mexicana, and Herencia Mexicana de Richard Solorzano. Rehearsals for the group have taken place at various locations throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
Once a month, Richard's parents would go to Silverlake to pick Mr. Ruiz de la Torre up at his home and drive him to Redlands for practice. He would then show Nina Luna, Michelle Escalante and Richard Jr. the technique and dances and then they, in return would teach the rest of the group for the rest of the month. Nina and Michelle had both previously studied folklorico under Mr. Ruiz de la Torre's instruction. Before his passing, Mr. Ruiz de la Torre gave Richard Jr. his personal Azteca costume, including an eagle head dress, and two Azteca capes that he himself had help create. Richard Jr. stills owns them to this day.
It was very important to Richard Jr's parents that the audience remained alert and engaged. Therefore, the rule of no stopping the music between numbers was implemented. Costume changes need to be quick. No down time. This can be challenging for a performer. Audience members get bored quickly and you can lose their attention, so you have to keep the show rolling. Just recently, we attended a show of another dance group and they took too long changing costumes. Everyone thought the show was over and left. They didn't get to finish their show.
One maestra made the comment to me, "Richard's skirt work is not as traditional, at times, as what many groups consider to be traditional. However, even skirt work that most consider traditional, isn't traditional. There's traditional, traditional!" My reply to her was, "So what you're saying is that traditional, really isn't traditional!" Sometimes I wonder if people just claim that any skirt work other than what they do, and/or how they do it, is non-traditional because they are not accustom to it. I've seen several groups do skirt work very similar to Richard's, so I've deducted it is a common, accepted practice. You've read my arguments throughout my blog on all that, lets move on!
Richard has set the focus of his group, Herencia, on performing and entertaining. He does not like all the unpleasant behaviors commonly seen between rival dancers in competition. Although he will agree that you see a lot of great talent at competitions. His focus is more on creating art and unity for show, rather than competition. Therefore, he no longer takes the group to compete.
Herencia provides the costuming for their performing dancers. Dancers do not purchase or make their own costumes! Most groups make you buy your own costumes, which is costly. At Herencia, dancers are provided with a costume to use during performances. All costuming remains the property of the group. They are not for the dancers to keep.
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