Ballet Folklórico to present Alegría extended

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Ballet Folklorico pic-4-25-13The Ballet Folklórico UT-Pan American will present an extended performance of Alegría 2013 on May 3 at the Weslaco ISD Performing Arts Center.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The group toured the Rio Grande Valley and state in January and February presenting their Alegría 2013 concerts in McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville, and San Marcos. The group will now present Alegría 2013 in Weslaco to end its 2013 concert season.

In May 2012, the dance group performed at 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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