For Crystal Perez-Reymundo, ’19 Civil Engineering, folklórico is a vital expression of self.
“When I was growing up on the south side of San Jose, a lot of times I had to hide my culture,” Perez-Reymundo says. “Once I started getting into folklórico, I found myself and I found my identity, and I embraced it. So many people have supported me—not only engineering students, but the instructor Itza [Sanchez] and other community members.”
Perez-Reymundo first visited San Jose State in middle school, when she joined the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program (MESA). She loved math, and when the time came to apply for college, she knew that civil engineering was the best fit. When she joined Luna y Sol, she was excited to learn that there were a number of other engineering majors on the team. She soon learned that she could turn to her folklórico friends for help with homework and adjusting to college life.
In March 2017, Luna y Sol performed alongside Union City’s James Logan High School Ballet Folklórico at a Golden State Warriors game in Oakland, Calif. The choreography reimagined a pelea de gallo, or rooster fight. The male dancers’ movements imitated roosters while the women fanned their skirts, bright as butterfly wings. Whether they are performing on campus, at Yahoo! or at Oracle Arena, the troupe emphasizes community.
“Dance is a really great opportunity not only to grow as a student and as a person, but as a professional,” says Perez-Reymundo. “Folklórico members tell me, if we can do it, so can you.”
Learn more about Grupo Folklórico Luna y Sol de San Jose State.