2018 Cinco de Mayo week was a success for the Quad Cities Ballet Folkorico as they accomplished performances at the West Liberty Elementary School, Kaaba Shriners, The Rock Island County Democratic Hispanic Caucus Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Ganzo's Mexican Restaurant, and Blue Iguana Restaurant. Confidence was soaring as the QCBF, for the first time, made 2018 Cinco de Mayo shirts which were on full display during this week.
They began the week in West Liberty, IA where they performed at the local elementary school on May 1st. They performed traditional dances from the states of Veracruz, Sinaloa, Norte, and Jalisco. They were performing extra well as a videographer from Fetography Professional Imaging was shooting footage for an upcoming video.
Next, they visited Kaaba Shriners on May 2nd in Davenport, IA. The QCBF was happy to perform for this event as the organizer was the grandfather of a current performer. Kaaba Shriners showed great hospitality as they offered free dinners to our performers, which the QCBF was greatly appreciative.
The next performance was at the Rock Island County Democratic Hispanic Caucus which was held on May 4th at the American Legion in East Moline, IL. The QCBF presented a limited performance which consisted dances from Norte and Jalisco. They were appreciative to perform in front of some hard working community leaders as well as elected politicians.
On May 5th, the chaos began as they started the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The QCBF first performed at Ganzo's Mexican Restaurant for their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. This is an annual performance for them but this year it involved some minor changes as the set up was different from prior years. Despite the changes, the QCBF was able to put on a successful show. They performed traditional dances from Veracruz, Norte, Sinaloa, Michoacan Tierra Caliente, and Jalisco. The crowd seemed to enjoy the new additions to their dance material especially the wooden platform in Michoacan Tierra Caliente. It was a surprisingly hot day but they were happy to be a part of a successful event.
Later in the day, the QCBF traveled to LeClaire, IA to perform at Blue Iguana Restaurant. This was the first time the QCBF ever performed there and despite the limited performance space, the QCBF was able to put on a great show. They performed dances from Veracruz, Michoacan Tierra Calienta, Nayarit, and Jalisco. The surprise performance was Nayarit which was performed by a few of the QCBF Competition Team members; Nayeli Calzada, Andrea Martinez, and Ashlynn Lara.
The QCBF was scheduled for another performance on May 5th at the VIVA Restaurant in downtown Davenport, IA but due to circumstances beyond their control, that performance was canceled.
Overall, Cinco de Mayo week was a success with a lot of performance highlights but also some valuable learning opportunities. They look forward to the chaos every year.