DENVER (CBS4) – Upbeat music wafted atop buildings and in the Denver Art Museum’s Martin Building Amphitheater Sunday morning. The Mexican dancers wore stunning costumes, performing to a captivated audience as part of DAM’s 20th annual Día del Niño, which is an international bilingual celebration of children.
Clara Ricciardi, Spanish Language Liaison and Community Engagement Manager for DAM, says the day started as a proclamation to make sure children feel valued.
“Especially after wars, after economic difficulties, the people who suffer the most are children, so they needed to be protected. We want them to be at home, we want them to see that this party is for them.
That’s why every year DAM organizes the cultural event, which features live music and art performances, food trucks, arts and crafts, storytelling and book readings. in English and Spanish.
“It’s important to celebrate children because they are the men and women of tomorrow. They need to know that they matter, that they matter, that their dances matter.
Dancer Aliana told CBS4’s Mekialaya White that she certainly feels that way. She is seven years old and one of Fiesta Colorado’s youngest performers.
“We’re going to dance and spread the joy,” she said.
“I’m very excited and I think I’m going to do a great job,” she added with a smile and a spin of her dress.
Her father Frederico said she had been training for nearly a year to proudly show off the dance moves he and his wife had passed down from Mexico. “We have worked so far for this performance. It’s really beautiful, it’s really impressive.
Aliana aspires to carry on the tradition. “Once I grow up, I’ll be a folk dancer,” she said.
To learn more about the celebration, click here: https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/calendar/dia-del-nino-2022