Family Life Academy Charter School III


FLACS III Celebrates the Mexican American Heritage

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Last week here in the Bronx, FLACS III commemorated it with their very own interpretations of Mexican dance, song, and folk art!
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, FLACS III and their Performing Arts teacher Ms. Velazquez, honored Mexican American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ritchie Valens as well as the "Queen of Tejano" music Selena. Students sang and danced to these artists' most popular songs. They even performed a dance called the "Mexican Hat Dance", a traditional Mexican dance that represents the courtship between a boy and a girl.  

Along with the morning's performances, Ms Dilys, FLACS III's Literacy through Visual Arts teacher shared with the audience some of the students' own vibrant renditions of Mexican tile art and folk art-vases focused on indigenous design. Also featured were the second graders' collaborated rendition of a self portrait by Mexico's most celebrated artist Fridah Khalo.
For those who were unable to attend the assembly, below is a video snippet of class 1-02 dancing to Selena's "Biddi Biddi Bom Bom."  If you would also like to see a recorded live version of FLACS III singing "Dreaming of You" by Selena go to our Facebook page.
Biddi Biddi Bom Bom - Performed by FLACS III class 1-02
"Biddi Biddi Bom Bom" performed by Class 1-02
Remember to follow us on Facebook so you can be notified about upcoming live video updates in case you can't attend future assemblies. For pictures from last week's assembly click here.