Sundance Square celebrated Dia de los Muertos with ballet folklorico performers, mariachi music, face-painting vendors, Latin jazz and even salsa dance lessons on Nov. 1.

Ballet folklorico dancer Claudia Tiffany Rodriguez stomped, twirled and yelped on stage as she wowed guests who showed up to experience the festivities. She has danced since age 5 and competed since she was 14.

Rodriguez, who also studies at Texas Christian University, said she had three performances throughout Nov. 1 — two at Sundance Square Plaza and one at her university.

“My mother at a young age and my grandmother also did folklorico,” Rodriguez said. “My mission is to not only spread the beautiful culture of folklorico but to also bring awareness and history to many cultural events.”

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...