Props to the Fresno County Office of Education for always making the Academic Decathlon a colorful experience for participating students and their families. In the past, the festivities have included Civil War enacters and Chinese dragon dancers.
Last Saturday at the Clovis East High School gym, members of the Mexican dance group Los Paisanos de Selma High School performed dances to three songs: ‘El Hijo de Mi Compadre,’ ‘El Relampago’ and ‘El Gusto.’
The group, directed by Vicki Filgas, remains one of the best in the area. And their performance drew some of the loudest cheers of the night … at least prior to powerhouse Edison High School being named the Fresno County Academic Decathlon champions for the 13th consecutive year.
Sadly, Los Paisanos are not on the program for the ‘High School Show-offs’ scheduled Feb. 21 at the Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. High schools that are on the program are Central, Clovis, Clovis East, Clovis West, Fresno, McLane, Porterville and Sunnyside. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call (559) 266-2623 for details.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy watching Mexican folkloric dancing. Last fall, I covered three of them in two days. Don’t forget that Radio Bilingüe’s ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival is March 8 at Fresno’s Selland Arena. In addition to the music, there will also be some folkloric dancers.
For more photos of Los Paisanos de Selma High School from last Saturday’s performance, click on this link: