Even when Andy and Norma began their family, they
continued to share their teaching and dancing with a core
group of friends with kids of their own. Over a dozen families
organized the Escuela de Nuevo Canto located at the Quinto
Sol Escuela on 7th Street in Long Beach.These families
strongly believed that their children should be educated with
a focus on their cultural heritage taught with the arts. Using
this concept, the families arranged Saturday classes and
scheduled blocks of instructional times for children by age
groups - preKinder/K, primary and uppergrade/Older.
Fortunately, this group included involved the Archulelta Family
children and the Pedregon Family with Andy teaching Mexican
and Aztec dance on the stage area. Norma worked with the
preschool/kinder age children in units incorporating Spanish
language acquisition with a focus on family and community. Margie Rodriquez and Lydia Agundez ( also credentialled teachers ) worked with the lower and upper grade children. Other parents were responsible for other technical aspects of the school such as nutrition and clean up. Dues were paid in order to cover any expenses for materials and supplies. Family field trips were scheduled to various locations such as San Juan Capistrano using the Metro railway. What a grand concept before charter schools were even conceived.
The children participating in the Escuela were able to share their newly developed talents at various locations throughout L.A. and Long Beach for conferences, festivals and other community functions. Escuela de Nuevo Canto continued for about a year before ending this unique cultural art school.