Instilling pride through dance
Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc (DMC) is one of several branches of a national community of people dedicated to the preservation and promotion of indigenous Mexican culture, ceremonies, dance, history, and traditions. It is the first Aztec dance group in Minnesota and the first traditional Aztec dance circle in the Midwest.
DMC is located on East Lake Street in the heart of Minneapolis's thriving Mexican American community. It holds gatherings throughout the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota that are free of charge and open to all, where children and adults can learn traditional dances; practice drumming, martial arts, and outdoor survival; and study culture and history. "DMC has brought the face of indigenous Mexico to the front of the Latino community," writes nominator Papalotl Almanza Lopez. "Its members have worked for over ten years to incorporate Latino youth in all of their movements. The DMC youth recently successfully helped in organizing the Honor the Youth Run to bring awareness to Native American youth suicide and have been bridging and facilitating cooperation between young people of different cultures.
"The work DMC does in the region is truly tireless and its members are committed to making all Latino youth proud of their ancestry and who they are."
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