Aztec dancers to shake things up

Tezkatlipoka to perform in Sonoma.

The performing arts dance group, Tezkatlipoka, is performing at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Sonoma Valley Regional Library.

Tezkatlipoka integrates all dimensions of Meso-American dance, music and performance art while honoring the cultural traditions left behind by their Aztec ancestors. Tezkatlipoka displays the regalia and plays the musical instruments of traditional Aztec and Mayan cultures. Headdressess of colorful plumage, seedpod rattle anklets and copal tree resin incense are included in the vibrant dances and powerful drumming style of Aztec percussion. They also explain the meanings and stories behind each dance.

The group’s founder, David Vargas, has studied traditional schools of Aztec dance and music for 30 years. Vargas says he draws from Calmecac traditional knowledge to share the beauty of Aztec culture with educational programs, residencies and workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

The event is free. The library is located at 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.