September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Lamplighter commemorated this cultural event with a special assembly, presented by the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, for all students on Wednesday, September 25. This magnificent troop of dancers, singers, and musicians showcased the traditional and folkloric music and dances of Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.
Members of the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company are from Mexico City and perform a variety of dances from countries throughout Latin America. The word “Ollimpaxqui” translates to “Joy for Movement” in the language of the Aztecs.
Lamplighter students in Pre-K through fourth grade participated in the interactive assembly, taking part in several dances led by the special guests. The “Manos” dance from Peru and the cumbia, accompanied by music titled “La Pollera Coloral” (meaning “Colorful Chicken”) were among the favorites!