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Luisa, 2015. Gouache and collaged view of Zug Island petroleum coke mounds on watercolor paper. 16 3/8 x 12 ½ in.

Maria Luisa Carillo and her husband Jaime started Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Itzel after their school recreation center at Holy Redeemer closed in 2005 and left their dance group with nowhere to go. “We were bad kids,” she says, “Went to skip parties...” But dance was their positive outlet. They started out practicing wherever they could, and in 2011 decided to make it a business. She is getting her PHD in Public Health and sees Ballet Folklorico as part of a larger effort to create a healthy community.