Jose Gabriel - The Juan Gabriel imitator from Mexico
Wednesday, August 20

The spirited Grupo De Dansas Folklorico del Instituto Tecnologico de Quintana Roo, dressed in colourful and festive garb, performed spectacular cultural dances and entertained the audience with an energetic foot stomping show.

El Grupo De Dansas Folkloricos del Instituto Tecnologico de Quintana Roo was organized in 1995 by students, from the Instituto Technologico de Quintana Roo, Chetumal, who wanted to combine their love for dance with their studies.

Mexico's dance band, PedriniYLa Mafia

On September 15, 1995 the group performed for the first time in Chetumal for the Patriotic Festivities of Mexico. They have since represented the state of Quintana Roo in different cultural events in Mexico and in Belize. They have performed in Belize City and San Ignacio for Belize's Independence Day celebrations. They have represented Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Cultura del Caribe where performers form Belize, Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic and many more gathered to share their culture and dance.

"El Grupo de Dansas Folkloricos del Instituto Technologico de Quintana Roo" of Mexico

The group's objective is to preserve and showcase Mexican culture on a national and international level. Coordinator of the dance group is Mr. Marrufo Buenfil and the director is Carlos Adolfo Cabrera Alcoser. Mr. Buenfil said that he was extremely pleased to be a part of the Sea and Air Festival and said that it was his first visit to San Pedro. "It is such a small island but its grandeur and loving people are tremendous," said Mr. Buenfil. "It is great that we can come together as sister countries through our culture and dance. Culture has no boundaries and music is what ties us together. Our music is influenced by the Caribbean, just as Mexico influences Belize and the Caribbean." Buenfil also said that they have incorporated Belizean music into their music and integrated the two styles of music into one. Through this medium, Mr. Buenfil would like to extend his gratitude to the authority of the Mexican Embassy in Belize and the people of Belize and San Pedro for their excellent hospitality and for inviting them to participate at the festival. "We are extremely happy and cannot express our joy in words. Thank you all and we hope to visit La Isla Bonita many more times in the future."

The evening's entertainment continued with José Gabriel - a Juan Gabriel impersonator - and his band. José was a favorite among the older folks who sang along with him and shouted out requests. Pedrini Y La Mafia performed after José Gabriel. Pedrini Y La Mafia is the sister band of Banda Taxco - the band originally scheduled for Mexico night. La Banda Taxco could not participate in this year's festival due to inevitable complications, nevertheless, the show did go on. Pedrini Y La Mafia provided great music for festival goers who danced the night away.

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