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Grupo Folklórico Los Mejicas de la Universidad de California en Santa Cruz is one of the oldest and most respected student organizations on campus. In 1972 (only seven years after the founding of UCSC itself), a small group of students passionate about Mexican dance founded Los Mejicas, and held their first dance lessons in the Merrill College trench. Among the founders were Juan Rios and Francisco Santana, and the organization that these pioneers started four decades ago now has more active members than ever before.

Los Mejicas is, and always has been, dedicated to the preservation and demonstration of Mexican folkloric culture, mainly through dance. In addition, we currently offer a course through both the Anthropology and Latin American/Latino Studies Departments on campus. The classes are led by the Co-Directors (with the occasional guest-instructor), and student-run by elected members on the Core Council. Instructors include Maestros from neighboring groups, student members who have learned dances at different dance conferences, and instructors who have previously been in the group. Both students and community members are welcome to participate in these classes, and can expect to learn variety of dances and repertoires every year.

Los Mejicas performs mostly on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and around its surrounding communities. Over the years, we have gained a reputation of being an organization that is consistently active amongst our communities, from the UCSC campus to the surrounding areas. Grupo Folklórico Los Mejicas is proudly committed to group retention and preservation, and serves as more than merely just a dance group or a student organization; it provides a community that is safe for students of all backgrounds, and is bound together by the love of dance and culture.

As we say about all of our members: Once a Mejica, Always a Mejica.

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