¡Hola! Since we’ve just finished up our trip around Asian countries, it’s time to head across to Mexico and reveal their passionate performing arts! One of the most popular dances in the Mexican culture is the ballet folklórico, meaning “folkloric dance”. Generally, the ballet folklórico includes the traditional mariachi band as well as around forty dancers. However, the overall setup requires around 550 people, including costume designers, set organizers, and more. The mariachi band is made of violins, trumpets, harps and many types of guitars. Usually, the male dancers would have a sombrero, a red bowtie and a red belt. This goes along with their black pants, black slacks and a dress shirt. On the other hand, the women dancers wear either colorful dresses or skirts along with white or black boots. The unique thing about ballet folklórico is that the particular dance differs depending on the different regions. Since ballet folklórico is a dance that combines religion, culture, history, folklore, and other factors of an area, each region will have their own special version.
Furthermore, a visual art that is well known throughout Mexico is talavera pottery. Originating from the city of Puebla, this type of pottery is known for its white base. However, that white is a very distinct milky white, not allowing the color to become too white to the point of paper, but not to dull either. Talavera pottery has its own specialness of being more expensive than most pottery for its use of natural clay instead of dyed clay. On the other hand, this makes the talavera pottery very fragile and takes a few months to actually create while be extremely cautious as not to ruin the product. Although this type of pottery can be used for things like plates, bowls, jars, etc, the main use of talavera pottery is for the tiles that decorate Mexico’s buildings. Being able to show these tiles as decoration was being able to show one’s wealth in Puebla as well as in other cities.