Baile folklórico in Sour Lake

Baile folklórico dancers

Dancers at the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet perform baile folklórico, literally “folkloric dance” in Spanish. According to the book “Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo” by Eric Zolov, Amalia Hernandez pioneered baile folklorico in the 1950s with her establishment and leadership of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico. Additionally, she founded a school in Mexico City for the study and practice of classical and folkloric dance techniques. The Sour Lake Chamber chose a fiesta-style theme for this year’s event, which took place Saturday, March 24. According to the Texas State Historical Association, Sour Lake was first settled around 1835 when the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas granted Stephen Jackson one league of land covering 4,428 acres by land grant.

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