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Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos to perform in southeast Iowa

Apr 05, 2013

The Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos will perform in southeast Iowa from April 6 through April 11, including a performance that will begin at 7 p.m. in the Washington Community Theater. This is a free program, but donations would be accepted. The dancers will also perform at Washington Middle School at 10:30 a.m. on April 11.

The group includes 23 dancers, ages 12-20, who are traveling from Colima, Mexico, with the support of individual donors and Rotary District 6000, which includes Washington, Kalona, Wellman and Coralville.

The group's roots have ties to Washington. Steve and Diana Stout volunteered at an orphanage in Manzanilla, Mexico, for 10 years. The Stouts raised funds in southeast Iowa during those years. The purpose of the group's trip to the area is to thank all who have supported the orphanage. The ballet instructor, Juan Cruz Martinez, grew up in the orphanage.

Rotary District 6000 gives grant funds every year to the orphanage that have provided buses, a kitchen, books, uniforms and supplies.

Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos will perform in West Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, Muscatine and at District 6000's annual convention in Centerville.

The children will stay at Crooked Creek Christian Camp from April 11-14.

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