What do you do when you're thousands of miles from home? You bring a little bit of home to you.
For years, Mexican immigrants have come to
Beardstown in search of a good job and a better life. As they settled down and became a part of the community, they brought vibrant
dance and song to this agricultural town in western Illinois.
September heralds the Mexican Independence Day Festival for the town of almost 6,000. The city is brightened by parades, concerts
and folk dancing, including performances by the acclaimed
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago."
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company perform during Arts Across Illinois' 2001 Center Stage arts showcase.
Learn more about
Luna Negra Dance Theatre a modern dance troupe that infuses its performances with a Latino twist.
Read Copley News Service's award-winning and unflinching account of the troubled times Beardstown faced as Mexican immigrants
came in droves to this small Midwestern town.
Watch "Farmingville," a film from PBS's documentary showcase
"P.O.V." about the explosive growth in Hispanic population in many areas across this country and the complicated choices these communities