Ichabods In Depth

Published Oct. 25, 2012

Aztec dance group to showcase tradition

Members of Danza HuitilopochtliDrumming and dance will fill the Memorial Union's Washburn Room at 12:30 p.m. Thursday as 15 members of the Danza Huitzilopochtli Aztec dance group perform.

The dance group, founded in 1984, showcases the traditional ritual dances of the Aztec people throughout the Denver area and beyond. Gloria Moya, whose children dance with the group, said the Captain, Raul Chavez, began dancing more than 50 years ago. Moay said her own children began about the time they started walking. 

“This is how we live. This is what we do,” Moya said. Keeping the tradition and the stories behind the dances alive is important to each member of the group, she explained. “This is something that needs to live on.”

 Each dance that will be shared Thursday has a story. One depicts how corn is planted, is cared for, grows and ultimately is harvested, Moya said. “There is a lot of energy” in the dancing and drumming. And with each dance, she said a member of the group will explain the accompanying story so audience members will understand what they are watching.

Danza Huitzilopochtli also will perform at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center at 11 a.m. Friday.