In March of 2019, I was excited to participate in the Spring showcase with my folklórico dance group. We didn’t know what to expect, considering that it was the first time an event as such was going to be hosted at USC. When the day came, we got to work very early to start setting up everything that was needed for the show. When people started to show up and seeing that most were, undoubtedly of Latinx background, we were overjoyed. It is something that we rarely see at USC and seeing them enjoy a part of their culture was something I personally will never forget.
Grupo Folklórico de USC is a traditional Mexican folk dance group that has been at the university since the 70′s. After going inactive for almost 10 years, the Folklórico group was re-established in the Fall of 2017. Folklórico is the term used to collectively describe the traditional dances of a region, in this case, Mexican. Each state or region in Mexico is known for its various local dances that make them unique. With their vestuario and music, Mexican folklórico groups reflect the living past of the regions. GFUSC has represented dances from multiple regions such as Sinaloa, Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Baja California, Yucatan and Guerrero. The group hopes to attract members of the USC community to get involved and continue to grow, not only as a group but as a community on a predominantly white campus.
As stated by group members, their goal is to introduce more culturally diverse performance groups at USC’s campus while creating a safe space and support group for those who identify with this culture and/or those who wish to learn about Mexican culture.
As a member, being able to be part of a group like GFUSC has made my experience at USC smoother. I remember my first semester and not having anyone that I could identify with and how difficult that was for me coming from a predominantly Latinx community in Santa Ana, Calif. Now that I have found this group, it’s been easier because I have a space where I can feel at home away from home around people that have had similar experiences growing up like me.
Grupo Folklórico de USC practices twice a week and is currently making final preparations for their upcoming Spring showcase which will be held on April 11, 2020. Stay tuned for more!