Ballet Folklórico to tour RGV through February

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Ballet FolkloricoThe Ballet Folklórico of the University of Texas-Pan American will tour the Rio Grande Valley in January and February presenting their ALEGRIA Temporada 2013 concerts in McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville.

The Ballet’s former performance venue, the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium, is under demolition to make way for a new Academic and Performing Arts Center that will be completed in 2014. In the meantime, the Ballet Folklorico will be on the road presenting its ALEGRIA concert to communities throughout the Valley and state.

The Ballet Folklorico’s performance season in the Valley will open on Jan. 31 with an exclusive premiere dinner and show at 6 p.m. at the McAllen Country Club and follow with a premiere viewing of ALEGRIA Temporada 2013 at the McAllen Civic Auditorium. Persons interested in attending the dinner show should R.S.V.P. by Jan. 24 to Dora Brown, committee chair, at (956) 632-3589.

Concerts will continue at the McAllen Civic Auditorium Feb. 1 and 2. Next, the company will be at Harlingen Municipal Auditorium for a performance on Feb. 8. On Thursday, Feb. 14, the company will present ALEGRIA Temporada 2013 to the Brownsville community at the UTB/TSC Arts Center. The Ballet will then travel to San Marcos on Feb. 17 to perform at the Evans Auditorium on the Texas State University campus.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the McAllen Civic Auditorium concert will be available through or by calling (956) 681-3804. Tickets for the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium will be available through or (956) 216-5990. Tickets for the UTB/TSC Arts Center in Brownsville will be available through or by calling (956) 882-8587. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concerts.

A one-hour school concert for public and private school students and teachers will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the McAllen Civic Auditorium. Teachers interested in attending can call the Dance Office at (956) 665-2230 to request a reservation form.

The Ballet Folklórico UT-Pan American is under the direction of Francisco Munoz, artistic director, and Maria Oralia Munoz, administrative director. Members of the 2012-2013 Ballet Folklórico are: Vanessa Balderas, Keyla Cadena, Edgar Cantú, Anthony Carrillo, Alejandro Casillas, Magin Cervantes, Karla Flores, Ricardo Flores, Andrea Galvan, Zeidy Garza, Miriam Gomez, Maria Elena González, Angel Hernandez, Aracely Longoria, Ajelet-Sahar Martinez, Mónica Martínez, Leeroy Mora, Isaac Peña, Miguel Peña, Carlos Peña, Ana Pinedo, Brandon Salinas, Abril Silva Galvan, Andrew Smith, Sorayda Solis, Max Tijerina, and Victoria Vielma.

In May 2012, the dance group of 24 performed in one of the nation’s busiest arts facilities – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The dance troupe was in the nation’s capital to represent the Ballet, the University, and the Rio Grande Valley at the 2012 National College Dance Festival, presented by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). UTPA was among 30 schools in the country selected to participate in this prestigious national-level event that put a spotlight on the extraordinary choreographies and performances that are developed at U.S. colleges and universities. For the Ballet Folklórico, the opportunity to perform at America’s living memorial to President Kennedy came after they were chosen in March 2012 as one of three best choreographies at the South Central American College Dance Festival hosted by Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Nationally recognized adjudicators selected the group based on artistic excellence and merit. The dance troupe advanced to the national dance festival along with universities from nine other ACDFA regions.

For more information about the Ballet Folklórico, contact the Dance Office at (956) 665-2230, or visit

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