Yakima Valley and beyond there is a super special and FREE opportunity for those who are wanting to learn about another culture, become part of a community of dancers, and share not only energy but a heritage that many know very little about, the Aztec community and it's dancing.

Anyone can join the crew, under 12 you will need to have an adult with you and if you are needing to bring your kids, they need to be old enough to participate or it's a no-go for right now.

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When and Where

Kalpulli Tonalli will be meeting each Tuesday evening between 6 pm - 9 pm in the basement of Madison House, located at 302 S 4th St, Yakima, WA 98901 and in case there are any changes you can find Kalpulli Tonalli on social media for updates.

What Does Kalpulli Tonalli Mean?

Kalpulli - a community of families and people that are not related. Traditionally it's made of 14 families and each family has a specialty or a nitch in the community but is traditionally not blood-related.

Tonalli - Energy that comes from the sun. Living energy inside of you, it's like a spiritual family

Esmael Xiutecpatl Lopez is the leader of this incredible group and would love for you to join at any time. This will be an ongoing practice that eventually will turn into a troupe that could travel across Washington State and beyond. Becoming a part of the community means opening your heart and sometimes your door to other members from outside the group. The hope is to invite the Yakama Nation to become involved and to perform traditional dances and even start celebrating the Aztec New Year like so many others. Did you know it lands in March of each year?

Find more details below, I had a chance to speak with Esmael and he offered up some wonderful information for the community.


The location has changed RADIO KDNA Tuesdays in 121 Sunnyside Ave in Granger, WA 98932 from 6 pm - 9 pm

Kalpulli Tonalli - Aztec Dance

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