Hundreds turned out to Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) for the island’s annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos — The Day of The Dead.
Not-for-profit Mexican folkloric dance group Bailedores de Bronce returned to the VCA stage for its 50th anniversary performance, performing alongside Luz Gaxiola of Duo Finelli, Mariachi Noroeste and Calaquita the clown.
The high-energy performances showcased traditional Mexican dances from Nuevo Leon all the way south to the Yucatan peninsula, with performers from across Washington State.
In the VCA’s atrium, community members placed offerings upon a large ofrenda, or altar — honoring both close loved ones and beloved cultural figures. Young people and families also enjoyed face painting, arts and crafts and food provided by Vashon’s La Isla.
Bailadores de Bronce, founded at the University of Washington in 1972, was forged in the Civil Rights and Chicano movements. Built by students who questioned the lack of a Mexican dance group at the university, the organization now aims to promote the artistry of Mexican traditions through music and dance across the Pacific Northwest.