EDISON, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invites you to join Peruvian folk dance group Ballet Folklorico Imagenes y Tradiciones del Peru as they perform traditional dances from three indigenous regions of Peru: the Andes, the Coast and the Amazon.

This free event will take place Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Middlesex County College, located at 2600 Woodbridge Avenue in Edison.

This program fuses spirited dance, colorful regional dress and the sounds of native instruments to present a view of Peruvian heritage and indigenous culture. The founding member and director of the dance group, Ms. Cory Morales, is a recognized Peruvian folklore specialist, folk dancer and former dance director in her native country of Peru. The goal of the group is to preserve, teach and share their Incan legacy with the Peruvian-American community and with people of all cultures.

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Dances performed at this event will include La Saya, an ancient Incan dance; Huaylas, an energetic dance imitating the rhythmic agricultural work of beating grains or sowing potatoes; Anaconda Dance, in which the dancers invoke the spirit of the anaconda snake; and Marinera Norteña, a graceful and stylized couples’ dance traditionally known as the National Dance of Peru.

“The events from the Office of Culture and Heritage represent a truly diverse range of cultures, and their programming offers countless opportunities to learn about the arts from a worldwide perspective,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope that many people will attend this event.”

“Events like these are a great example of the County’s commitment to diverse, quality programming,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “I know all those who attend the event will be entertained as well as enlightened.”

Admission to this program is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-745-4489.

Programs are funded in part by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Folklife Program for New Jersey and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.