Danza Azteca Tepeyolotl Chalchiuhtlicue is an Indigenous family group whose members have cultivated and shared knowledge with communities for over twenty years. As part of this cultivation, we have worked with well-established groups nationally and internationally and have played a significant role in planting the seeds of flourishing Aztec dance groups in Houston, Texas. Each one of our songs and dance carries knowledge of stories related to life experiences, elements of mother earth, and our peoples’ legends. We offer cultural and artistic presentations as well as educational workshops for all ages.
Though we share our stories and traditions publicly, we also carry our own ceremonies with love and respect. Our dances are not only a splendor of colorful energy and rhythmic movements but prayers in movement. We credit our teachers and family members who came before us for guiding us and nourishing our love of culture and tradition. It is because of them that we are able to pass this tradition on to our children and the generations to follow.
Our accomplishments include annual Indigenous and cross-cultural Chiahui festivals; Día de Los Muertos features at MECA Houston, Casa Ramirez, and Magnolia Park; and City of Houston recognition for over fifteen years of sharing Danza Azteca at Eastwood Park. Marisela and Javier are also co-founders of Tejaztlan Arte Collective where visual and performing arts were combined with Danza Azteca to showcase the talent of the summer youth program students in original plays.