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Adelante mural's fourth panel recalls the early Mexican Independence celebrations in Sterling - the first one recorded in a Daily Gazette news article from 1921.   FOLKLORIC dancing continues today under the guidance of volunteer teachers and enthusiastic children and youth of Sterling. 


Mexican and Caribbean folk dances [baile folklórico o danzas] hold center stage during 1999 September Fiesta Days.  The Grupo Alegría offers classes during the year, so that the students can show off their dancing skills.  The students practice every week of the year, help out with fund-raising, along with parents and instructors who get together to create the dancers' costumes or import them from Mexico:

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Regional dances and song from Chiapas, Jalisco, Veracruz and Oaxaca are highlights of the annual show, along with the famous Mariachi music that originated in Jalisco and Michoacan, performed by the local musicians, "Cuerdas Mexicanas."

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