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— Preliminary Rounds Hit the Stage on April 27 and 28; Finale on May 4—

folklorico competition 2013

Dance groups from throughout Southern California will meet and compete during the Fourth-Annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition. The annual three-day event is scheduled to run during the last weekend of April and the first Saturday in May.

Folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Teams may be comprised of all age groups from young children through adults in a variety of folklórico styles.  Folklorico is a highly valued art form throughout Latin America.

All three days of the competition will be hosted by Univision’s Gabriel Sotelo.

“This is one of our favorite events of the entire year,” said Chuck Ross, the owner and operator of Fiesta de Reyes. “The energy that the dancers bring to the stage is awe-inspiring.  The vibrant colors and lively traditional music combined with the dancers’ complete focus and dedication to their performances makes for a highly entertaining and thrilling experience for all.”

On Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., children and adult groups will each have 25 minutes to perform their best dances, representing many different regional styles of ballet folklórico. One finalist from the children’s groups and two finalists from the adult groups will be selected to advance to the finals.

A week later, on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, the six finalists will return to the state park during the Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend to compete for the folklórico competition title and cash prizes.

The competition is free to the public attend and will take place in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Free parking available all day in and around the State Park as well as he Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street on the weekends in t For more information, visit www.fiestadereyes.com.