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  • Volunteer Opportunities Tezkatlipoka Dance and Drum would like to invite you or anyone who is interested in obtaining community service hours for school, to join us in class and other events. Learn ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2014, 6:45 PM by David Vargas
  • Quetzalcoatl Ceremony 2014 Sunrise Blessing at Cesar Chavez Plaza - Downtown San JoseDanza1:00 - 6:00 pmRoosevelt Community Center901 E. Santa Clara StreetSan Jose  CA  95116
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 10:41 AM by David Vargas
  • Lecture: The Calendar of Mesoamerica: Its Mechanism and Correlation Speaker: Mr. Ruben OchoaFriday, May 16, 2014  5:30 - 9:30 pmDowntown College Prep1460 The Alameda San Jose
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 10:35 AM by David Vargas
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Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum (Tezkatlipoka) is a traditional school of learning of Aztec dancing, drumming and culture and is a traditional Aztec dance circle based in San Jose. Tezkatlipoka is also well-known in Silicon Valley as a community based performing arts dance group that promotes an appreciation and understanding of pre Colombian art forms through traditional Aztec dance and music. Tezkatlipoka works towards integrating all dimensions of Meso American dance, music, and performance art while honoring the cultural traditions left behind by our ancestors. Tezkatlipoka has shown a deep commitment to the advancement of Aztec art forms by offering open weekly community classes and through delivering arts education for school and community-based cultural presentations and events. Through these cultural programs, Tezkatlipoka celebrates cultural diversity by exploring common links that bring and connect all people together in a celebration of movement, art, and life.
  1. To INSPIRE our communities to take pride and participate in our rich indigenous cultural heritage. 
  2. To ENCOURAGE our communities and our youth to treasure, preserve and pass on our sacred traditions for future generations.  
  3. To CREATE peace, harmony, and unity by tapping into our own ancient indigenous wisdom and medicine to heal body, mind, and spirit. 

Tezkatlipoka's mission is to share and promote indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. Tezkatlipoka strives to maintain a high level of integrity in both teaching and presenting Aztec dancing & drumming that is true to form so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations to come. The group's philosophy centers on preserving the sacred traditions left behind by our ancestors while sharing and exchanging cultural knowledge as a way to foster a sense of unity between all peoples of the Earth.

Calmecac Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum was originally founded in 1988 by Texomazatl (David Vargas) as a traditional Aztec dance circle and cultural performing arts group in San Jose, California.  Currently, there are over 15  group members in the dance circle, in addition to new beginner students that attend weekly classes. The group also has a history of collaborating with other Bay Area Aztec dancers and dance groups whether it be through participating in traditional ceremonies or inviting other dancers to different performances throughout the greater Bay Area.

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