Aldo Valenzuela Roman Watsonville Center for the Arts
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Aldo Valenzuela Roman (standing, at right), a dance instructor from Michoacán, Mexico, leads members of the youth group, Estrellas De Esperanza, which is headed up by Ruby Vasquez. Roman was helping students learn traditional Mexican dances Thursday inside the Watsonville Center for the Arts. He said he was focusing on dances well known to indigenous people around his state. Many of such dances, he said, have European roots. “Bringing the maestro from Michoacán was a joint effort between Estrellas De Esperanza and Esperanza del Valle, the adult group directed by Janet Johns,” Vazquez said.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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