Too Close to Call: Dancing for the dead

Día de los Muertos, the massive Mexican festival on Nov. 2, honours the beloved deceased with fabulous food and dance. A T.O. Aztec dancer and a Mexican folk dancer show us how to party.


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L-R: Guadalupe Velasco, The Mexicans Folk Ballet's general co-ordinator and Asalia Arellano, artistic director of Tonantzin Aztec Dance Collective

The Mexican way! Honouring my deceased loved ones, greeting them at the altar with offerings of special food and things that they enjoyed when they were alive.

How will you be spending Day of the Dead on Nov. 2? 

I will be tending to my altar at home, as taught by my grandmother. Also, I will be participating in a number of events as an Aztec dancer. 

My mother and grandmother.  Who are you remembering this Day of the Dead? My grandparents, my grand-aunties, grand-uncles, friends, some elders who were my teachers, people who are no longer here but left a special place in my heart.
Tequila! Do you prefer Tequila or Mezcal? ​  Mezcal! 
Our shows involve a mix of dance, singing, music and theatre, so audiences can appreciate the rich Mexican tradition and culture.   What’s the defining feature of your dance?  It is an Indigenous Mexican dance passed down for generations. Through the dances we give thanks to Mother Earth, and our outfits contain different meanings and symbols.  
They have the mistaken idea of confusing the Day of the Dead with Halloween. They are completely different things.  What does Canada get wrong about Day of the Dead? That Day of the Dead is just a party or that it is like Halloween! 
Nov. 5 at Evergreen Brick Works, 
550 Bayview Ave.  
When can readers catch your act? Oct. 28 at Artscape Wychwood Barns,
601 Christie St.  
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