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Fiestas Navideñas featuring Fiesta Colorado on Nov. 30 | Press Release


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Fiestas Navideñas featuring Fiesta Colorado

November 30 / 7:30pm

For Immediate Release: 

The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver proudly presents Fiestas Navideñas featuring Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, ArtistiCO, and Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30pm at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall. Tickets start at $19 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale now at newmancenterpresents.com or by phone at 303.871.7720

Kick off the holiday season with a feast for the senses! In this performance, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, ArtistiCO, and Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra take the audience on a tour of Christmas celebrations throughout the country of Mexico. The dances performed will feature original choreography based on traditional dances from the Mexican and Spanish dance masters. The performances represent the many dance traditions that are now a part of the rich cultural roots that make up the state of Colorado.

The colorful Mexican dances performed by the Fiesta Colorado Dance Company are directed by Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, while the ArtistiCO performances are directed by Jose Rosales and Alfonso Meraza. The extravaganza is accompanied by the lively music of Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra, under the direction of Juventino Romero.

About the Artists:

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the premier and most recognized Hispanic dance company in Colorado. Originally formed in 1972, the company is directed by Denver native Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, receiving the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1997 and 2006 for its service to the community and its preservation of the Hispanic arts. Trujillo-Lucero received the Living Legend of Dance in Colorado award by the University of Denver Dance Archive Library, in addition to such accolades as the Latina Trailblazer Award from the Latina’s First Foundation and the Luminaria Recognition Award from the Latino Leadership Institute throughout her career as a performer and educator.


Founded by Jose Rosales and Alfonso Meraza, ArtistiCO was created as a bridge to connect professional artists in the community through dance. Both Rosales and Meraza are former principal soloists of the internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez and have participated in hundreds of performances including international dance festivals, collaborations with the most prestigious orchestras and mariachi in Mexico, along with stints in the legendary Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Most recently, Jose received the 2021 EY Next Wave Leadership Award from CBCA. The ArtistiCO Dance Academy is based in Denver and works with students of all ages.



Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra was formed in 1999 to show people something fresh and different in mariachi throughout the state of Colorado. With the expert leadership and musicianship of founder Juventino Romero, they have accompanied many artists from Mexico, while representing Mexican culture through collaborations with the National Western Rodeo, the Mexican Culture Center and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra offers their love and passion for music for all people to enjoy.


2021-2022 Newman Center Presents Season

Veronica Swift Nov 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Fiestas Navideñas with Fiesta Colorado, Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra, and ArtistiCO Nov 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Christmas with The King’s Singers: Finding Harmony Dec 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Jan 4-9, 2022 (various times)
Kronos Quartet Jan 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Dance Theatre of Harlem Jan 14-15, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Compagnie Hervé Koubi Jan 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Joey Alexander Feb 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Nat. Geographic Live: Spinosaurus-Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim Feb 9, 2022 at 7:30pm
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Feb 19 at 7:30 pm, Feb 20 at 2:00 pm
National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled the World with Kara Cooney Mar 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party Mar 22-23, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Nashville Ballet with Rhiannon Giddens: Lucy Negro Redux Mar 29-30, 2022 at 7:30 pm
B – The Underwater Bubble Show Mar 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm
National Geographic Live: Secrets of the Whales with Brian Skerry Apr 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm
New Morse Code Apr 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Additional information, including individual show descriptions and ticket prices can be found at newmancenterpresents.com.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures

The University of Denver (DU) has taken a multi-layered approach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a primary focus on protecting and promoting the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, patrons, and visiting artists.  In consultation with DU’s health care partner, National Jewish Health, and consistent with guidance from federal, state and local public health agencies, DU has implemented a variety of mitigation measures across campus, including requiring face coverings, as well as mandatory testing and vaccination requirements for students and employees.  Throughout the Newman Center, DU is using a high-volume, low-velocity ventilation system with HEPA air filtration.

As of September 17, all patrons ages 12 and older attending a Newman Center performance must present:

(1)     Proof of full vaccination by showing a physical copy or photo of a vaccine card or by using the MyColorado app; or

(2)     For those who are not fully vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.

Please note that (a) full vaccination means 14 days after receiving the final dose of an FDA authorized or WHO listed vaccine; and (b) results from antigen tests and home testing kits will not be accepted.

In addition, all visitors must wear a face covering at all times while inside the Newman Center, including during the performance, except when an individual is actively eating or drinking.  If you or a member of your party is not feeling well and/or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Newman Center Sponsors and Partners
The Newman Center is supported in part by the Bonfils- Stanton Foundation, The Dance Archive, Porter Adventist Hospital, The Denver Post, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

About the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts 

Opened in 2002, the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that provides innovative, diverse, and thought-provoking performance and education opportunities, enabling the Denver and Colorado community to be engaged, inspired, and connected through the performing arts. Newman Center is home to the Lamont School of Music, DU Theatre Department, the Newman Center Presents series, over 150 hosted events, and approximately 500 performances each year. More information can be found online and on Facebook

About the University of Denver 

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter


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