Dancers of Mexican orphanage perform

Mary Atkinson · Thursday, April 11, 2013
The high school auditorium was packed Saturday night, with standing room only, for a performance of Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos.

A dance troupe from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, consisting of 24 members ages 10 through 22, reflected cultures of various regions of Mexico. The dancers visited West Liberty on behalf of donations by Rotary and other foundations. The troupe usually makes one trip to the U.S. per year.

Many of the dancers live at Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, a children’s educational center and orphanage, founded in 1995 by Nancy Nystrom. Nystrom spoke at the event and is originally from Colorado, but spends much of her time in Manzanillo.

Nystrom explained how the orphanage came to fruition after the death of her son in 1994. While in Manzanillo, she said the healing process began with a series of events that led her to children who were abused or living in poverty.

“I was in such grief that I did not want to continue living and I didn’t know how I was going to...

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