Preparing for the Dance

All week long, members of Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble are rehearsing for their upcoming performance on April 20 at the Gunston Arts Center Theater One. Los Quetzales is a non-profit arts organization, comprised mostly of teenagers, children and adults, performing traditional dances of Mexico, and wearing traditional costumes representing different regions.

The theater performance is a fundraiser for the group to raise money for their costumes, accessories, music, sponsor dance workshops, and pay for theater expenses, in order to maintain and promote the traditional music, dances and folklore of Mexico


Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble

April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center Theater One

2700 S. Lang St., Arlington.

Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door;

$10 seniors & children under 10. Free for children 5 and under.

For tickets and information: 703-638-0585 or

email: Quetzalesdanzas@yahoo.com

See www.quetzales.org.


Patricia Ochoa and David Garcia work on a few dance steps at Monday night’s rehearsal for the upcoming show performance.


Alejandra Benavides walks through the dance steps with Jacob Velazquez.


Dance leader Laura Ortiz takes the cast through a repeating routine.


Salma Ochon swirls with her skirt in a traditional Mexican dance during Monday night’s rehearsal for Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble’s April 20 performance at Gunston Arts Center Theater One.


Alejandra Benavides laughs as she moves through the dance.


Elisa Garcia.


The dancers watch their motions in the rehearsal dance hall at the Arlington Cultural Center on South Four Mile Run.