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International Honduran Folk Dancegroup Comal-Ahua

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Honduras has a great diversity of folklore, including dance.

In Comayagua, in the central region of Honduras, is Escuela Normal Central America (ENCA). This school is only for students that want to become a teachers. At this prestigious school is Professor Marlen Rodriguez, a passionate and loving woman of the folk dance. In 1992 she created the the folk dance group, ENCA. This group was formed by students of the school, who worked very hard to maintain their academic standard and be the best dancers.

This dance group is now one of the best in Honduras. They’ve won five national competitions, including El Pereke which is organized by the city of San Pedro Sula and is one of the most important of the country, and the Festival of La Ceiba. In 2008, they participated in an event that was organized by former President Manuel Zelaya.

ENCA has also added many regional competitions to their collection of wins. There is a competition that takes place each year,  between the Institutes who belong to the Central Zone of Honduras.

Some of  the dances at ENCA that have led to their success are:

  • La Tusa
  • Arranca Terrones
  • Duyureña
  • La Guatalera
  • Amor en pullitas

…and some from the Colonial period:

  • Pereke
  • Cuadrilla de la Reina
  • Barsoviana

This last one, Barsoviana, is originally from Comayagua and was danced in the court of the great Cathedral in the Colonial Period.

Students who graduate at ENCA can no longer officially dance in the group. However, their love for the group and its founder Miss Marlen Rodriguez, and their passion for dance inspired them in 2003 to create their own folk dance group, Comal-ahua. This group is a fusion of deeply passionate dancers that have been graduates from the official group as well as students currently attending the Institute, giving them even more strength and refreshing chances for greater success than ever before.

In 2004, they were invited to the city of Antigua Guatemala, to a presentation in which they danced with all the passion of the world, leaving very high the name of Honduras and its folklore.

Also in 2007, they were invited to neighboring country Nicaragua, where they also were a total success. In July 2015, this successful group is invited to bring their art to Europe, specifically to France, where they sure to be well received.

Most members of the group have their own careers, and some already have their own families, but they each are still a part of the group Comal-ahua, which they also regard as their family, and where they continue to perform and practice as great dancers.

December 31st, 2014, they participated alongside a talented  Honduran singer, Moises Canelo at the New Years Eve special event in the City of Comayagua where traditionally the Bells are tolled 12 times to bring in the new year.

At one point in my life, when I was studying at ENCA, I wanted to be part of this group, but apparently had two left feet and folk dancing didn’t turn out to be for me. But I commend those who with so much passion and dedication have made this group so successful.

I want to specially thank Miss Marlen Rodriguez, founder of the group, and Josue Donaire, for their collaboration on this story.

Kathy was born in Comayagua, Honduras, and has lived in The Caribbean, Cancun, Los Angeles, and Baja California. She enjoys cooking and creating delicious recipes, travelling, blogging, and spends her most cherished time with her husband and children.