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THIS IS DANZA AZTECA QUETZALCOATL, AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT , IS HERE TO RECREATE THE
PREHISPANIC RITUAL OF THE SACRED DANCE OF THE ANCESTRAL PEOPLE IN MEXICO.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FOR DANZA AZTECA QUETZALCOATL BY RAFAEL FIGUEROA
MEMBERS OF THE GROUP :
16.-JORGE MENDOZA JR.
18.-JUAN RODOLFO ARREDONDO
21.-DANIELA SURGY CHARLES
HISTORY OF THE GROUP
Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis
Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, named after the Aztec deity
Quetzalcoatl meaning flying serpent, is a traditional Aztec Dance group
formed by Noe Ramirez in 2002. The mission of Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl
de Memphis is to preserve and showcase the ancestral art of pre-Hispanic
dance to the community. With colorful, ornate traditional dress and
authentic hand-made drums, the group impresses and wows audiences with
this primal, colorful experience.
DAQM got its start by doing presentations for different local Catholic
Churches. Consequently, as the popularity of the group’s beautiful and
stunning presentations grew, they were asked to perform at several
prestigious events throughout Memphis and surrounding Tennessee states
including Memphis Heritage Festival, Germantown International Festival) .
The group serves as Latin Community Ambassadors in the Mid-south Area.
Its dedication to the community doesn’t stop with its performances. DAQM
also organizes the annual Memphis Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Celebration. Since 2007, this amazing event has grown to attract
thousands of people wishing to celebrate the lives and legacies of
passed loved ones. Also, Danza has played an important role in the
creation of Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis (Latin Cultural Center of
Memphis) and offers Aztec Dance classes to the public free of charge
through the CCLdM. The group has also sponsored other different local
dance and theater groups such Tradiciones Mexicanas, Caza Teatro and
The passion and commitment that they have to recreate and rebirth really
this ancient cultural form, is really sort of indefinable. So it’s not,
let me dress up and perform. It’s let me become. Let me become part of
my ancestral lineage, and let me perform this particular dance, that
means this particular thing within the spiritual context of my culture
and of my past. – Professor Richard Lou, University of Memphis Art
The group’s performances have included: National Civil Rights Museum,
University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University,
WIN's Faith and Labor Picnic, Pinson Mounds, Levitt Shell, Brooks Museum
of Arts, FedEx Forum, and many diverse Native-American Pow Wows.
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