Episode 3
¡Viva La Mexico!

In preparation for Dia de los Muertos with the Mexican community in NYC, Mickela learns traditional folk dance and even jumps in with an all-female mariachi band.


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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Community Classes at SpaceWorks
2512 77th Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company works to celebrate the rich dance and music traditions of Mexico.  They have a professional touring company, Arts-in-Education programming, as well as community outreach activities that work to teach and share Mexico’s diverse cultural history.

Tortilleria Nixtamal
104-05 47th Avenue
Corona, NY 11368
A Mexican eatery in Corona, NY that specializes in “Nixtamalization”, the Aztec style of making corn tortillas.  The tortilleria was started by Fernando Ruiz who wanted to change the popular notion that “you can’t find good Mexican food in New York City”.  The answer?  Good tortillas!

Tacuba Cantina Mexicana
35-01 36th Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Tacuba Cantina Mexicana is a boutique restaurant that specializes in traditional Latin cuisine with a gourmet hand.  Their menu offers all types of Latin-cuisine from Mexican to Cuban, and they have live mariachi music every Sunday!

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
New York City’s first and only all-female Mariachi group.  They were founded in 2008 and have since become world-renowned and even won a Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero Album in 2017.

Mexican celebration Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)
Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that takes place on November 1st.  The holiday allows those on earth to honor, celebrate, and feel close to deceased loved ones.  It is believe that after Halloween, heaven opens its gates and allows souls to be reunited with those on Earth.


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