|Sian Ka'an Dancers proudly represented Mexico's dance culture
For the ninth
time, the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival entertained the masses
united from the five Mundo Maya countries. El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala,
Honduras and Mexico brought thousands out to the festival that has become the
biggest in San Pedro and perhaps the entire country of Belize.
Opening night, also pageant night, attracted hundreds to
witness the competition for Miss Costa Maya 2000 as well as the cultural and
dance show by El Salvador. The night truly belonged to El Salvador as it was
their beauty ambassador, Miss Sandra Glower Silis that was crowned Reina de la
|Costa Maya headliner Sergio Blass
Wednesday night was set aside for the "The
Land of Eternal Spring," Guatemala. First-time newcomers to the festival,
Formula Ansestral represented their country's cultural heritage with dignity and
style, as did the always-popular dances by Ballet Folklorico de INGUAT. The
three member dance band, Grupo Apolo were responsible for providing the lively
music for the evening.
Without a doubt, Thursday night,
Honduras night was one of the most anticipated evenings of this year's festival.
Beside the wonderful representation of the diverse culture of this Central
American country, presented by the Cuadro Nacional de Danzas Folkloricos of
Honduras, the public was also on their toes to take a glimpse of the sexy group
of young women from Las Chicas Roland. The group performed some of their best
songs including Merengue, Punta, Salsa and Pop selections and even encouraged
some brave souls on stage to show off their dance moves and learn new steps from
"Las Chicas." A definite night to party, Honduras night was THE night to be at
this year's Costa Maya Festival.
|The Mexican Clowns were a favorite during the
|The San Pedro Dance Company took us back to our Mayan roots
|The best in Pan Music - The All Star Steel Band
|Las Chicas Roland spice up Honduras night
|Grupo Do Mayor entertained on El Salvador night
Our neighbors from Mexico
took the stage on Friday night to offer some of the best in Mexican music and
folklore. The Sian Ka'an dancers certainly impressed all present with their
versatile dances including the crowds favorite "El baile de la botella" and "El
baile de las Charolas." This specific dance called for the group to dance with a
beer bottle on their heads and eventually a full serving tray. The dancers also
displayed colorful costumes native to certain states of their country during a
fashion show. Mexico night would not be complete without the sounds of mariachis
and ever the crowd pleaser, Mariachi Los Galleros from Chetumal, Quintana Roo
made delightful music. Soloist Ms. Martina Jimenez also took the stage,
entertaining with romantic ballads until the dance band Enigma's outstanding
performance finished the evening.
International night and night for the host country Belize, surpassed every-
one's expectations as the stars shined in the skies and on stage. Welcoming the
festival attendees was the Belize All Star Steel Band, paving the way for the
great show ahead with soothing Caribbean music. Then it was the San Pedro Dance
Company who performed a forty-minute, non-stop dance show depicting the history
of Belize. Starting with the Maya civilization, the dances told the story of the
Spanish Conquistadores, the slaves, the Creoles and ended with today's popular
carnival. Barbara's Dance Group then entertained, in spectacular costumes, with
several modern-day dances from their senior, junior and Little Barbie's groups.
To showcase Belize's diverse dance music, it was Gilharry 7 that provided
popular rhythmic beats. This band kept the crowd entertained until midnight when
international pop singer, Sergio Blass took the stage. In front of a massive
crowd of screaming fans, Sergio performed for approximately one hour. Several
fans climbed on stage to steal a kiss from the star and although the crowd
expected the singer's show to be longer, because of instructions from his
manager who was concerned for his safety, Sergio left earlier than planned.
Although his performance was cut short, many in the audience got that "personal
touch" from the artist. The great sounds of Gilharry 7 then continued the show
until the wee hours of the morning. The band also performed on Sunday evening to
close the festival.
The overall feeling from the attendees
and the festival committee is that the festival went on smoothly with very few
mishaps. The work of the ground's manager Jimbo Vasquez and his crew, working
along with the San Pedro Youth Corp, was outstanding, keeping the grounds
looking tip-top throughout the festival. Credit is also due Mr. Sanchez Riveroll
and his team for the great lighting and stage system and to stage manager, Frank
Romero and his group from the Belize Arts Council for their impeccable work.
The festival manager wishes to inform all
those who have outstanding bills for the festival to kindly remit them to Mr.
Gach Guerrero at Amigo Travel, as soon as possible. The festival thanks all
volunteers, sponsors and friends who helped make the Costa Maya Festival 2000 a
resounding success. Although the preliminary reports appear to be positive, the
committee will update you on the financial results of this year's festival in an
upcoming issue of the San Pedro Sun.