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The World Without Walls showcases Mexican history, tradition and pride at CWU

An afternoon of dance and music inspired by the traditions and regions of Mexico, called “The World Without Walls,” will begin at 1 p.m. on October 13 in McConnell Hall on the Central Washington University campus.

Admission to the event is free, with a suggested non-perishable food donation to support the A.P.O.Y.O food bank.

Showcasing more than 100 trained performers, the event will highlight regions within Mexico. The five focus areas of the country’s traditional dances will be the historical Con Cheros, Guerrero, Veracruz, Nayarit, and Jalisco.

Jose Iniguez, a CWU alumnus and winner of the prestigious 2016 Univision Latin Music Director’s Choice Award, will emcee the event. It includes performances from Bailadores de Bronce of Seattle, CWU Mariachi Del Centro, and Ballet Folklorico Los Bailadores Del Sol of Central Washington.

CWU student Randy Robert Lopez is the producer of this year’s show. He is a dancer, choreographer, producer and owner of The Ballet Folklorico De Estados Unidos, and Los Bailadores Del Sol Yakima. He has learned from indigenous elders to preserve the roots of traditional dances, and is proud to bring Mexican culture to CWU.

“I want everyone to know that with folklorico we are all connected,” he said. “This is what this university needs.”

He added that by the end of the show, “Everyone is going to know that Central Washington University is truly doing something spectacular and true to tradition.”

This event is sponsored by Africana & Black Studies, MECHA, CWU Mariachi Del Centro, Bailadores de Bronce of Seattle, Ballet Folklorico Los Bailadores Del Sol of Central Washington, Jose Iniguez, CWU Student Involvement and the CWU Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. World Without Walls is one of many CWU Homecoming events. For a list of Homecoming events go to A.P.O.Y.O is a non-profit Ellensburg food and clothing bank. Parking is free to the public on weekends. For accommodations, email

Media contact: Randy Robert Lopez,