A member of the Aztec dance troupe Kalpulli KetzalCoatlique performs. Photo courtesy of KetzalCoatlique.

Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance Troupe to Perform on John P. Monahan Plaza Oct. 16

Latinos Unidos at St. Thomas, in collaboration with HANA and STAR, invite all UST students, staff and faculty to celebrate the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a spirited dance performance by local Aztec dance troupe Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue.

The troupe will perform during convo hour (noon to 1 p.m.) Tuesday, Oct. 16, on John P. Monahan Plaza. The performance is free, and food and prizes will be provided.

Kapulli KetzalCoatlicue conserves and shares the cultural teachings of its indigenous ancestors through dance and music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments gifted by the natural environment.

In ancient tradition, the Aztec culture tied music and dance into its daily life and ceremonies. In modern times, these colorful yet meticulous traditional Aztec performances, like those shared by KetzalCoatlicue, inspire others to continue learning and participating in this revered tradition.

National Hispanic Heritage Month was designated as a time to celebrate and honor the rich Hispanic culture and the important contributions that Hispanics and Latinos have made to North America. The national celebration lasts from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.