Pro-Immigrant Anthem Turned Into Costa Rican Dance Piece

(Photo by Gery Vereau via Reporte Hispano)

At a Hispanic Heritage Month event at the Newark Museum on Oct. 12, local dance troupe Esencia de Costa Rica performed a new piece to the rhythm of the pro-immigrant song “El Mojado,” by Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona. Part of the performance involved the audience holding ropes attached to an imaginary cloth wall, Reporte Hispano’s Gery Vereau reports.

“The message we wanted to offer with the ropes is that only if we’re united as a community will we be able to bring down all the barriers that prevent us from going forward,” said Mauricio Salazar, founder and director of Esencia de Costa Rica.

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“We have combined the song ‘El Mojado,’ which has a Mexican-Norteño rhythm with Costa Rican dance to represent the drama Latino families experience when they cross the border,” said Salazar.

The group, which performs Costa Rican traditional dances, was founded in Summit, New Jersey, in 2012, and is comprised of 18 dancers.

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