Old Spanish Days Announces 2021 Spirits of Fiesta

Selection Committee Names Savannah Hoover, 9, and Ysabella Yturralde, 16

Fiesta 2021's Junior Spirit Savannah Hoover (left) and Senior Spirit Ysabella Yturralde | Credit: Fritz Olenberger / Courtesy of Old Spanish Days

The coveted positions of Senior and Junior Spirit of Fiesta were announced on April 17 by Old Spanish Days. Junior Spirit for 2021 is 9-year-old Savannah Hoover, who won with a charming rendition of “Bahia de Cadiz.” Senior Spirit is 16-year-old Ysabella Yturralde, who competed with nine other finalists to win with her vivid dance set to “Huele a Sal.” Both winners received $600 scholarships, and Yturralde also earned a trip to Sevilla, a journey that includes private lessons and participation in a flamenco show.

Two runners-up were also chosen during the competition: 3rd-grader Ariyanna Alcantar and 17-year-old Natalie Mowers. The final auditions will be broadcast on April 24 at 7 p.m. on Channel 13. Last year, dancers were featured in videos and telecasts due to the pandemic, but the organization did not respond to inquiries of how Fiesta 2021 would be held.

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