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Aztec dancers help Port Orchard celebrate Mexico's Independence Day

“All dances are interpretation of the knowledge shared between groups and inspired by stories and pictures of Aztec history,” according to Linda Glasier with the dance group. Dances performed in Port Orchard included feather of a hummingbird, fire dance, ancient dance and “Xochil,” which has no English translation.  - Kenny Gatlin photo
“All dances are interpretation of the knowledge shared between groups and inspired by stories and pictures of Aztec history,” according to Linda Glasier with the dance group. Dances performed in Port Orchard included feather of a hummingbird, fire dance, ancient dance and “Xochil,” which has no English translation.
— image credit: Kenny Gatlin photo

Port Orchard celebrated Mexican Independence Day with dancing, piñatas, refreshments and more at the waterfront Friday.

The Port Orchard Library sponsored the celebration for the third year in a row as part of Hispanic Heritage month.

“It was a fun time,” Rebekah Dalby, the event’s organizer, said. “We probably had about 100 people that attended.”

The two main acts of the evening were Nobleza Folkloresa, performing traditional Mexican folk dances, and Grupo Quetzalcoatl de Olympia, performing several Aztec dances.

It’s the third year that Nobleza Folkloresa has performed at the waterfront and the first year for the Aztec group.

The Aztec dances were “interpretation of the knowledge shared between groups and inspired by stories and pictures of Aztec history,” according to Linda Glasier, with the group.

Dances performed at Friday's event included feather of a hummingbird, fire dance, ancient dance and “Xochil,” which has no English translation.

Aztec dances connect with the natural elements — earth, water, fire and wind — although each dance’s specific meanings vary, Glasier said.

“They connect each dancer to their inner selves and celebrate nature and respect for all life,” she wrote in an email.

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