El Ballet Nacional de El Salvador
El Salvador dances up a storm

Drums rolled and Master of Ceremonies, Angel Nuñez, took center stage to announce the beginning of yet another festival night: El Salvador Night. After the national anthems of El Salvador and Belize were played, the Ambassador of El Salvador, Herrardo Sol Mixo, addressed the crowd gathered at the festival. He spoke of how proud he was that El Salvador could be a part of such a culturally rich festival. He also spoke of the vibrant people of San Pedro. Costa Maya Committee member Melanie Halliday gave the welcoming speech. She thanked everyone for coming out and spoke of how hard the committee worked to make the 1998 festival a success.

El Ballet Folklorico de Quintana Roo

The enchanting dancers of El Ballet Nacional de El Salvador started the evening's entertainment with cultural dancing. Dressed in a rainbow of color and with their hair braided like tiaras above their heads, four lovely female dancers swept across the stage to dance for San Pedro. The Ballet Nacional's dances were unique and portrayed the simplicity of the life of the Mayan people and their traditions. A dance performed depicting an episode in the life of a young couple in love was especially liked by the audience. The dance opened with a young man planting corn in his milpa. In the second scene his young love searches for him in the milpa. They meet and embrace in the next scene. They sit and eat the lunch she has brought for him. She hand feeds him and after their meal they kiss. The dance ends when the enamoured farmer lifts his sweetheart into his arms and carries her away. Half way into the group's 40 minute dance performance it rained. The dance group continued to dance in the drizzling rain but was unable to continue when the downpour intensified. The Ballet Nacional returned to the stage after the showers subsided and presented their final dance. With smiles adorning their faces, the group danced, covering the stage and themselves in confetti.

El Do Mayor Band
El Do Mayor Band performed after the Ballet Nacional. Do Mayor was scheduled to perform at last year's festival but were replaced by La Mafia. Do Mayor rocked the stage with merengue and salsa selections. Spectators abandoned their chairs and danced to the pulsing music of Do Mayor until the evening's activities came to a close.

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