Ukrainian teen embraces Mexican folkloric dancing

ByTommie C. Curtis

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Exchange student Alina Ivanova finished the school year at Dinuba High School, and is now uncertain about where she will go because of the Russian invasion of her home country of Ukraine. She is wearing a traditional costume from Costa Chica Guerrero.

Trade pupil Alina Ivanova completed the college yr at Dinuba Higher College, and is now uncertain about wherever she will go due to the fact of the Russian invasion of her house region of Ukraine. She is sporting a regular costume from Costa Chica Guerrero.

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On a Saturday afternoon in mid-March, Centro de Folklore’s higher university-age dancers lined up on the phase of the Hanford Fox Theatre to accomplish handkerchief-waving dances from Costa Chica de Guerrero.

The girls beamed as they showed off embroidered white blouses, pink sashes around their waists, and mustard yellow skirts that swirled with every motion.

Spectators had to seem challenging to spot a novice Ukranian lady due to the fact she moved in sync with more seasoned dancers whose roots are soaking damp with Mexican dance and culture.

It was not until finally veteran folkloric instructor Óscar Hernández paused the show to introduce 17-yr-outdated trade university student Alina Ivanova that the audience found there was a non-Latina performing the dances that determine México to the environment.

“I would say I produced fairly a couple of problems,” reported Ivanova about her March performance. “I didn’t do it correctly, but I liked it.”

Ivanova’s world is much from great, owing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the uncertainty about the condition of her hometown of Vinnytsya, a city of practically 400,000 in central Ukraine that dates back to the 14th century.

On June 20, Ivanova will head back to Ukraine pursuing weeks of not understanding where by she would be headed.

As a great deal as she loves Mexican folkloric dancing – she accompanied her team to a levels of competition very last month – Ivanova cannot shake her country’s scenario even when she’s absorbed in dancing.

There’s no escape for her.

“Actually, it functions for me in other means,” stated Ivanova. “It’s been more durable for me to dance mainly because when I’m dancing, I use my good thoughts and vitality to convey myself.”

From Ukraine to Reedley

Ivanova often dreamed of coming to The us. She was a finalist for a student trade software when she was in the ninth quality.

Then COVID struck and she experienced to wait yet another calendar year to get to go to the United States.

“I didn’t opt for to go to California, so it was like a lottery,” claimed Ivanova. “I received fortunate to be in California.

Her host sister, Amelia, dances with Centro de Folklor in Selma. It was only organic for Ivanova to consider a diverse model of dance.

“It’s distinct from what I’m utilized to, but I preferred it,” stated Ivanova, who a short while ago finished her junior calendar year at Dinuba High School.

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Alina Ivanova, 17, performs a dance from Costa Chica Guerrera alongside with Centro de Folklor on April 19 in Hanford. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA [email protected]

Centro de Folklor teacher Joey Zamora mentioned Ivanova has enhanced significantly as a folkloric dancer given that her arrival very last slide.

“She was into present-day dance, and that’s what she did back again home,” stated Zamora. “She certainly did develop.”

Zamora recognized that Ivanova “doesn’t give up. She actually has the enthusiasm to study. She’s just craving to discover all the footwork, the shirt movement, everything.”

Hernández, operator/director of Centro del Folklor, explained Ivanova usually takes “no shortcuts” for the duration of her rehearsals.

Zamora claimed Ivanova questioned if she was all set to execute with the competitors group.

“I wouldn’t have questioned you if you couldn’t do it,” Zamora recalled telling Ivanova.

Hernández said Ivanova didn’t have a qualifications in ballet like a former trade pupil from Hungary did, “but she caught on very immediately.”

“Her tenacity is what truly stuck out the most,” he mentioned. “She started out at the same time as two other brand name new rookies and you could see the big difference of how considerably hard work she was putting into the dance.

Embracing Mexican culture in the U.S.

Ivanova has fallen in really like with tamales, the Spanish language and the Valley’s warm temperature. She attended her initially significant university soccer match and sooner or later comprehended the activity.

“I appreciate Mexican food stuff simply because I always required to consider it,” she stated. “We really don’t genuinely have that in Ukraine.”

A conversation with Ivanova – who speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English though understanding French and Spanish – often turns to the Russian invasion.

She stays in touch day by day via text or a phone phone with her parents. Her father is a technical engineer and her mother is a lawyer. She has a 13-12 months-outdated sister.

Ukraine exchange college student Alina Ivanova, 17, took up Mexican folkloric dancing even though attending Dinuba Substantial University. She will return to her hometown of Vinnytsya in japanese Ukraine on June 20. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA [email protected]

Most of her family and university friends remain in Vinnytsya.

She traces the present-day disaster to prior President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted by large protests in 2013-14 for currently being much too chummy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Our government was supporting the Russian authorities and ignoring the will of Ukranians,” said Ivanova. “When our country was without having a president, Russia annexed Crimea.”

Ivanova has self esteem in present-day President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“He is a wonderful leader, and the most essential is he cares about folks and our county not about his welfare as quite a few other individuals did,” she claimed. “He is just one of us.”

Esta historia fue publicada originalmente el 5 de junio de 2022 4:40 pm.