Dancing Elotes is a tribute to life and joyful youthful spirits.
This project includes a bike-cart selling elotes, traditionally prepared corn served on the street in Mexico and Central America, as a literal and conceptual vehicle for cross-cultural culinary, dance and sculptural experiences at the East Boston Farmers Market. Dancing Elotes will culminate in a large-scale sculpture of traditional Latino dancers made out of the Elote husks and cobs, and dancers performing "La Danza del Permiso” (to request permission from mother earth to work the soil) around an altar at the base of sculptures to celebrate the Day of the Dead, and to honor the lives of the young victims of street violence.
This project is open to everyone, and we hope to bring general community together around the arts. Youth will serve and community will eat Elotes.
Veronica Robles and
Meet the Youth
Gialisa Simons is a Colombian-Italian-American who was born and raised in East Boston. She is a rising junior at East Boston High School, and has been involved in the theater program where she performed in the production “Nightmare”. She is excited to learn and participate with the Dancing Elotes Project.
Elizabeth Diaz is a Salvadorian who has lived in East Boston for the past 3 years. She is a rising Senior at East Boston High School, and has played soccer since her sophomore year.She loves Salvadorian culture including Elotes Locos, but is excited to learn the process of making Elotes from a different culture.
Tysun Scarlett-Tirado is of Puerto Rican and Jamaican descent who was born in Boston. He is a rising Junior at John D. O’Bryant High School, In his spare time, he makes music with friends, writing lyrics as well as producing beats. Tysun is soaking up the Latin American culture that now surrounds him while working with the Dancing Elotes project.
Rosa Murcia is a Salvadorian and a proud rising senior at East Boston High School. She credits her beautiful grandmother who raised her for being the honest and patient person she has become. She is excited to learn and work as a team with The Dancing Elotes Project. Her favorite part is eating an Elote Loco because it reminds her of her culture.
Leydi Castillo is a Salvadorian who just graduated from East Boston High School. She likes to stay active by going to the gym to get stronger. This is her first time tasting and making elotes with chili and is excited to apply everything she learned about business towards her future goals.
This proiect was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation.