Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 17, 2012

Aztec Dancers perform Sept. 22

CROSSVILLE — On Sept. 22 at 3 p.m., the Aztec Dancers from Nashville will perform with their authentic music, costumes and dance at the National Guard Amory in Crossville as part of the Hispanic Heritage Festival. This is the first appearance for the Aztec Dancers in Crossville, but they have performed extensively in Nashville.

Aztec dance is an important element in Hispanic culture. Among the Aztecs, music, song, festive costumes and dance played a very important role in their special occasions. Centuries before the European conquest, a rich music culture flourished in the Aztec capital and the centers of neighboring kingships in the Valley of Mexico and beyond. Interestingly, there was no Aztec word for music. Music was the “art of song” and the musicians did not play but “sang” on their instruments. To dance was “to sing with the feet.” The music and dance portrays elements of Aztec life at all levels.

Please come to see the Aztec Dancers present this intriguing form of music and dance and perhaps even learn to “sing with your feet.” After the dance presentation, the rest of the Hispanic Heritage Festival provides an opportunity to sample authentic Hispanic food, music and children’s activities. There is no charge for the dance performance.

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