The University of Texas-Pan American Folkloric Dance Company will begin its annual concert series of ALEGRIA 2004-2005, a 35th Anniversary Celebration, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The concert series will continue on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12-13 at 2 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 19-20 at 2 p.m.
As part of the 35th Anniversary Celebration, the Dance Company will honor two distinguished individuals who have contributed to the overall success of the UTPA Folkloric Dance Company. Dr. Amilda Thomas and Rafael Zamarripa Castaneda will be presented Distinguished Service Awards for their service and commitment to Mexican Folkloric Dance.
Zamarripa is a distinguished graduate of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Guadalajara. His studies have been augmented with residencies at the Polytechnic School in New Zealand, the University of California at Los Angeles, and recently at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. As a member of the acclaimed Ballet Folklorico de México, he traveled throughout Canada, the United States, Central and South America, Europe, the Soviet Union, Scandinavia, Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1964 Zamarripa founded El Grupo de la Universidad de Guadalajara. In 1980, he founded El Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima, where he currently holds the positions of general director, choreographer, lighting, set and costume designer.
In further celebration, a reception following the Feb. 20 concert will recognize alumni who have been members of the "Pan Am Dancers," "Pan American Folkloric Dancers" and the "UTPA Folkloric Dance Company" over the past 35 years. Alumni should contact the Dance Office at 956/381-2230 for further information concerning the reception.
The UTPA Folkloric Dance Company will also incorporate a special project entitled "Dance Supports Our Troops." The Dance Company will provide complimentary passes for the immediate families of the Valley's military men and women serving in Iraq. The Dance Company's wish is for the families to join them for a couple of hours and allow the Company to transport them into a place of enjoyment and entertainment as ALEGRIA 2004-2005 brings to life the color, drama and excitement of Mexico's dance and music. Families interested in obtaining their complimentary family pass should contact Michelle Jorgensen, project coordinator, at 956/383-3121.
ALEGRIA 2004-2005 will feature a collection of choreographies by Zamarripa, who visited UTPA in 1984 and1994 when the company celebrated its 15th and 25th anniversaries. As guest lecturer/choreographer, Zamarripa set two choreographies on the Dance Company: Corridos Mexicanos and Puebla. Zamarripa's Zacatecas and Chiapas choreographies will be restaged by Francisco Muñoz, UTPA Folkloric Dance Company's artistic director.
Members of the 2004-2005 UTPA Folkloric Dance Company are: Nadia Avalos, Cesar Galván, Raúl Galván, Juan Antonio García, Juan Antonio Gauna, Elizabeth González, Jenna Guzmán, José Martín Hinojosa, Juan José Leal, María Aurelia Leal, Juan Carlos López, Vanessa López, Aimeé Maganda, Romeo Iván Montemayor, Jaime Noriega, Rebekah Quintero, María Luisa Rafols, Cristóbal Rojas, Sara Sanchez, Karla Yvonne Uvalle, Kaleena Marie Valdez, Deandra Celeste Villarreal, Ismael Villarreal and William Watts.
The Company of 24 dancers and live musical accompaniment provided by Mariachi México Lindo will create a spectacular collaboration of music and dance. As the Folkloric Dance Company celebrates its 35th Anniversary it continues to be recognized as one of the most active and visible university folkloric dance groups in the Valley, state and nation.
All concerts will be held in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium located at the corner of Miguel Nevárez and University Drive. Adult ticket prices are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets for children and UTPA faculty/staff/students are $5 and will be available at the door. Advance sale adult tickets are available at the IBC Wal-Mart Branches in Alamo, Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen and Mission. Tickets are also available at the IBC Bank locations in Pharr, South Padre Island and Weslaco. Tickets can also be purchased at the UTPA Payments and Collections Office.
For additional information, contact the Folkloric Dance Company office at 956/381-2230 or via e-mail at email@example.com