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‘Safe Yet Together’: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles’ Plans for a Drive-In Show

Lead Photo: Courtesy of BFLA
Courtesy of BFLA

The famed Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles took the stage at the 2018 Academy Awards during the performance of “Remember Me” from Coco and now they’re offering a special drive-in show in Orange County, Calif.

The event will take place at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. As is the case with most, if not all, events happening in the midst of this pandemic, the center is observing safety measures. Attendees will be required to wear a mask whenever they exit their cars and they’re asking that tickets be shown through the window instead of rolling it down. Restrooms will be available and sanitized after each use.

This the center’s first drive-in dance performance and BFLA’s first live performance of the year. The show will also feature Folklórico dance students from Thee Academy, BFLA’s school of performing arts located in Montebello, Calif, and celebrate Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16) as well as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

BFLA Director and Choreographer Kareli Montoya tells Remezcla the show will be geared toward families to reflect the nature of the drive-in experience. They’ll kick off with a socially distant performance with the students from her studio and then end with numbers from their Disney suite. The inclusion of her students was integral to the show, according to Montoya, who is teaching dance virtually and says it’s been important for her to find a way for youth to connect with their heritage and culture.

“Our motto for this performance has been ‘safe yet together’, and we’ve been trying to do exactly that, stay safe. We’re all wearing masks, but we’re all dancing together.”

Courtesy of BFLA