Hispanic Heritage Series
Part IV of VI
Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero deserves the praise and
Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero is not a stranger to dance. In fact, she is one of the upmost respected dancers in her field in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Those who have seen Trujillo-Lucero perform know her for her abilities in both Spanish and Mexican dance. She now imparts those same abilities on to future dancers.
“Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero” has been heralded as a classical dancer who belongs to the first rank of artists of Spanish and Mexican dance,” boasts her profile as an outreach instructor at Colorado Ballet. “[She] is a native in Denver and one of the most recognized dancers in our community.”
“One of the most recognized” may be an understatement as Trujillo-Lucero’s career is replete with accolades. Her 40 years of dance in Denver has been recognized rotundly by everyone from politicians and Pulitzer Prize nominees to dancers and commercial institutions. One of her greatest recognitions came in 1997 when she was awarded the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Culture. The award has existed since 1986 as an effort to recognize individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts in the City and County of Denver.
“Denver is full of talented artists and performers filling our galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls and enhancing our daily experiences with arts and culture,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in regard to the award which he has given out for several years as Denver’s 45th mayor. “These award recipients exemplify Denver’s vibrant and diverse cultural and artistic scene. Through the work of these dedicated and inspiring individuals and groups, the arts have become more accessible, visible, interactive and integrated into the lives of our residents and visitors.”
Trujillo has twice received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Culture as an individual in 1997 and as the founder and artistic director of Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, along with the rest of her Fiesta Colorado team. As one of Colorado’s premiere Hispanic dance companies, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company takes Trujillo-Lucero’s knowledge and talents and compiles them into a curriculum to serve an entire community of professional and up-and-coming dancers.
According to the program, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is a non-profit organization with a mission to present and preserve Hispanic dance arts. It has presented performances of Mexican Folkloric, Flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance throughout Colorado for over 30 years.
“I think it is absolutely something that needs to be preserved and displayed,” said Loretta Sanchez, Aurora, who has seen several Fiesta Colorado performances at Denver’s Cinco de Mayo Festival and the Colorado State Fair among other events. “There are other dance companies that perform and I have seen them as well, but the precision of [Fiesta Colorado’s] dancers is a bit above the others that I have seen.”
That precision has been noticed as Fiesta Colorado Dance Company has been invited to perform with several prestigious organizations since its inception in 1972. Among others, the group has performed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for the Colorado Performing Arts Festival for six consecutive years. They have also performed their original choreography with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As a coup de gras of their abilities, the dance group was invited to perform in China in 1997 for the 1997 Chinese New Year and with the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán of Mexico in the production of “Esto es Mexico.”
In addition to her founding role and that of artistic director with Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, Trujillo-Lucero is also recognized as a link to the new generation of Hispanic dancers, a recognition that was emphasized in the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, “Hispanic Culture in the Southwest” by Dr. Arthur L. Campa.