Starting Thursday through Saturday, some families will celebrate El Dia de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead.
In celebration of the holiday, the ballet center at the JN Long Cultural Arts Center will host a festival from 1-4 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the dance program.
Day of the Dead is a multi-day Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and to help support their spiritual journey.
Ballet Director Denise Dozier said the holiday is becoming more popular in the United States.
She has begun to teach her students baile folklorico, a traditional Mexican dance with ballet characteristics.
“The girls and the people in our area can learn more about this traditional Hispanic dance,” Dozier said. “We need to get the dresses that are very expensive for the girls.”
The festival is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and under. There festival will be children games, face painting, music, food and dancing.
She hopes to create a baile folklorico dance troop to perform for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.