Part 1 – Introduction

Meet Elvia Lima, a paraeducator at Pioneer Middle School in Wenatchee, WA. She incorporates culture and history when she teaches mariachi and folkloric dance to the middle school students.Elvia moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Mexico when she was 12 years old.

Part 2 – Teaching Mexican Dance

Elvia talks about the process of creating a dance, teaching it to the students, and the performance itself. Elvia talks about the subjects that are found in her dance lessons including storytelling and math.

Part 3 – Celebrating Culture Through Dance

Elvia shares her background as a Pioneer Middle School student herself and how she started teaching dance to others.

Part 4 – Who and what influences you and your work?

Elvia talks about how her family holds a lot of influence in her work. She shares how her grandparents used to tell her stories of her culture from a young age and taught her the importance of knowing your history.

Part 5 – A Look at Performance Attire

Elvia talks about why she loves what she does and then shows us examples of the attire students wear during performances.