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Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performs at Farmers Market

Can a descendent of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica families, find happiness in Cabeza de Vaca?


March 11, 2018

The Cabeza De Vaca Cultural Dance School performed on Sunday, March 3 at the Main Street Farmers Market. We asked Cindy Morales about the group, and about the wonderful photos she shot of the performer in colorful dresses.

"Photography is a hobby of mine and pretty much carry a camera with me all the time. As Gina mentioned, I was born and raised in Santa Monica. I am a descendent of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica families....I have a lot of cousins! Here a few photos"

"I was lucky enough to have my grandma around until I was almost 30 so I have many photos, etc from the Canyon. My great-grandfather and grandfather worked at the brick yard that was in Santa Monica many, many years ago," said Cindy.

"Gina de Baca started the group more than 10 years ago to keep this culture alive in Santa Monica. They have danced all over SM as well as La Placita Olvera, Mariachi Plaza, and other places," Cindy said.

'Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dance school' is the official name, says Gina de Baca. "The name of our Folklorico group is

'Ballet Folklorico de Santa Monica.'

Dancers Sunday March 3, 2018 at the Main Street Farmers Market in Santa Monica, included Timmie Escobedo (in the Green), Kylie, Gina de Baca, Sariah Redondo (5th generation of the Original SM Rancho Families), Leilani Jimenez and Leilani Cifuentes


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