What is the meaning of “Omeyocan”?

 Omeyocan is an Aztec word which, when translated, means something close to “the place where balance and duality exist”. Spirit and body, positive and negative, yin and yang, female and male, sun and moon, fire and water.  These are all things that hold the earth in balance, and they come from this special place – Omeyocan. 

What does Mexica mean?

Mexica (pronounced Muh-she-ka) is the word that Aztec peoples use to refer to themselves. For example, an Aztec person might greet another person from the Aztec tradition with the phrase “Hola (hello), Mexica!” Additionally, the aggregate of Aztec peoples, their lands and their culture is often referred to as the “Mexica nation.” This word, which is still in common use today among Aztecs, was borrowed and transformed to "Mexico" by Spaniards when they invaded and named the region.

What is a typical performance?

We tailor our 10 - 90 minute shows for the audience with the option of 1 to 3 couples (3-7 people) participating in the performance. The length of time for each section of a performance is dependent upon the number of dancers participating in the performance. The Omeyocan Dance Company performs in both indoor and outdoor venues, weather permitting.

Typical 60 minute show

4-5 minutes of introduction and explanation

20-25 minutes of Aztec Drumming and Dance

25-36 minutes of Mexican Folk Dance

 

Typical 45 minute show

4-5 minutes of introduction and explanation

16-25 minutes of Aztec Drumming and Dance

15-25 minutes of  Mexican Folk Dancing

 

Typical 45 minute Aztec only show

7-10 minutes of Aztec Drumming

20-33 minutes of  3-4 Aztec Dances

7-10 minutes of Aztec explanation

 

Typical 60 minute school show

3-5 minutes of introduction and explanation

15-20 minutes of Aztec Drumming and Dance

5-10 minutes of  Aztec Q&A

10-15 minutes of Aztec Dance taught to student volunteers

8-20 minutes of  Mexican Folk Dancing

 

Typical 45 minute Day of the Dead show

5-10 minutes of  introduction and explanation

7-10 minutes of Aztec Drumming

10-15 minutes of  Aztec Dance (Warrior Dance & Day of the Dead Dance)

10-22 minutes of Mexican Folk Dance (La Bruja & The Devil Dance)

 

Typical 45 minute Aztec workshop

2-3 minute introduction

5-7 minute Aztec drumming performance

2-4 minutes of Drumming explanation

0-5 minutes of Drumming taught to volunteers

7-12 minutes of Aztec Dance performed

8-10 minutes of  Aztec Dance taught to volunteers

5-10 minutes of Aztec History, Culture, and Language taught

5-16 minutes of Q&A

 

Where do you perform?

We perform at venues such as festivals, theatres, schools, universities, churches, libraries, museums, educational workshops, quinceneras, fairs, celebrations, corporate and private events.

What sorts of Logistics does a show entail?

The Omeyocan Dance Company arrives 2 -3 hours before performance time to set up the sound system, stage, and costumes. The performers require a conveniently-located room (or comparable space) to change in and out of their costumes. Ideally, this space would be located directly behind or to the side of the performance stage.

Where do you find the costumes? 

Aztec outfits are sewn by Roberto and Alejandro Franco. The various feathers that adorn the headdress are purchased from a number of venders. Long pheasant tail feathers are from China, shorter pheasant feathers are from North America and colored Macaw feathers are from various tropical regions. The ankle rattles (huesos) are purchased in Mexico and are made from seed pods of a tree unique to the area. 

The Deer Dance costumes and the regional Mexican folk dance costumes are most often supplied from Mexico.  Folk shoes are most often purchased from Mariachi Connection, which can be found online at www.mariachiconnection.com

Is the fire in the Fire Dance real?

Yes! The fire used for the Aztec Fire Dance is real. After years of diligent training and countless burns, the Franco brothers have learned how to respect and handle the fire.  Please note - this is a skill that others should never attempt to practice on their own.

Can I use photos from your website?

Permission is required to use photos from The Omeyocan Dance Company website. Please contact us with questions about photo use.                                                     

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