Ballet Folklórico continues ALEGRIA 2005-2006 concert season
Contact: Mary Muñoz, Dance Programs 956/381-2230
Posted: 01/30/2006
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The Ballet Folklórico at The University of Texas-Pan American, under the artistic direction of Francisco Muñoz, will continue its annual concert series ALEGRIA 2005-2006, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 18-19, 2 p.m.

ALEGRIA 2005-2006 will feature a collection of choreographies focusing on folk cultures and traditions representing a variety of Mexican states. The company of 24 dancers and live musical accompaniment provided by Mariachi México Lindo will create a spectacular collaboration of music and dance.

UTPA Ballet Folklórico performs during the fall semester.
Canciones de mi Tierra (Songs of My Land), a choreography by Francisco Muñoz, tributes some of Mexico's oldest tunes and melodies. They began as most songs do without knowledge of how long they would be remembered. Today they are recognized internationally, and are part of Mexico's most prized possessions.

A new dance piece titled Reboso, also choreographed by Francisco Muñoz, focuses on the traditional Mexican reboso (shawl). As Gregorio de Gante, a Mexican poet wrote (translated excerpts): "The Mexican reboso is a baby's crib, a pillow for sleeping, a window for love, a noose for caring, a bandage for healing, a bandana for working, a feminine shroud, and a national symbol. " Reboso is a collection of stylized dance movements and patterns honoring the reboso's symbolism in the Mexican culture.

La Revolución, a choreography based on the Mexican Revolution will showcase the Adelita and Juana Gallo, the powerful and influential heroines of the war of 1910.

Lively and energetic movements characterize the vaquero (cowboy) dances of the state of Baja California. The dance, Calabaceados, is a manifestation of the broncos' (wild horses) turns and kicks as they set off dust storms in playful amusement. The popular norteño music of the area yields additional vivacity to this exhilarating dance suite.

La Danza del Venado (Deer Dance), a highly symbolic drama, represents the spirit of goodness and evil. The physical skill, stamina, and emotional interpretation required of the dancer makes this piece a crowd pleaser time after time.

Additional choreographies presented in ALEGRIA 2005-2206 will focus on traditional dances from the Mexican states of Michoacán, Tamaulipas, and Jalisco.

Members of the 2005-2006 Ballet Folklórico are: Rebeca Nallely Andrade, Cesar Galván, Raúl Galván, Juan Antonio García, Daisy Graza, Elizabeth Bradley González, Laura González, Tania González, Jenna Nicole Guzmán, José Martín Hinojosa, Juan José Leal, María Aurelia Leal, Juan Carlos López, Aimeé Maganda, Monica Martínez, Cassandra Sonia Mendoza, Romeo Iván Montemayor, Rebekah Quintero, Sara Sanchez, Kaleena Marie Valdez, Deandra Celeste Villarreal, and Ismael Villarreal.

All concerts will be held at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium located at the corner of Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez and University Drives.

Adult ticket prices are $8 advance sale and $10 at the door. Tickets for children (5-12 yrs.) and UTPA faculty/staff/students are $5, and will be available at the door. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at the IBC Bank Wal-Mart in-store branches valley wide and at the UTPA Payments and Collections Office, SSB 1.145.

For additional information, contact the Ballet Folklórico office at 956/381-2230 or via e-mail at