UTPA invites community to celebrate French culture
Posted: 10/28/2004
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The advanced class in French Culture and Civilization at The University of Texas-Pan American will host performances of French folkloric dances and songs Nov. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. The event highlights the celebration of French National-American Heritage that has become an annual tradition in the Rio Grande Valley.

Members of the advanced class in French Culture and Civilization at UTPA participating in the performance of French folkloric dances and songs Nov. 6 are left to right seniors Yasmani Garcia, Cynthia Anguiano, and Charles Cruthirds, representing Provence; seniors Karla Zaragoza and Juan Martinez; sophomore Denise Gonzalez; and seniors Pierre Alexander and Metztli Escalante, all representing Martinique.
The cultural celebration, which brings together University and area high school students, will also feature performances from Edinburg High School French students. Students will stage dances, songs and poems from Alsace, Bretagne, Pays Basque, Provence and Martinique (French Caribbean Island).

Additional sponsors include the French Club of McAllen, Economedes High School in Edinburg and Mission High School.

The event is open to the public. A small donation will be requested at the entrance from adults and teenage attendees. Proceeds will go to the UTPA Foundation - Friends for French Studies.

For additional information, contact Dr. Stella Behar, coordinator of the UTPA French program, at 956/381-2106 or via e-mail at behar@panam.