After-school program teaches folklorico dance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jessica Lopez and her partner Alejandro Chacon twirl and twist to folklorico music at La Casita Elementary School’s Folklorico Dance Club. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Entering Christy Van Hoose’s classroom after 3 p.m. on a folklorico day is like walking into a crowded dance club. The students twirl […]

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By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Laced with threads of silver, the sombrero glitters on the floor as Vanessa Cruz and Navor Estrada weave around it. From a podium, Christy Van Hoose shouts instructions. “Kick those legs,” she instructs the couple. Vanessa, 11, and Navor, 12, pound their feet in an impressive rendition of […]