Ballet Folklórico awarded TCA Touring Company and Artist Status
Contact: Mary Muñoz, Dance Programs 956/381-2230
Posted: 10/23/2006
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The Ballet Folklórico at The University of Texas-Pan American was one of 100 outstanding state artists chosen for inclusion on the Texas Commission for the Arts (TCA) 2006-2008 Touring Arts Program, which will be made available to performing arts presenters throughout Texas.

Pictured are members of the 2006-2007 UTPA Ballet Folklórico.
For the 2006-2008 roster, the Commission approved 100 companies and artists based on scores of 850 or higher. The touring status will make the Ballet Folklórico available for performances, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the state. Individuals or groups wanting to contract the Ballet Folklórico may apply for a percentage of the negotiated fee on a Cultural Connections Performance Support application form. The application form is available year-round and makes it easy for Texas schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations to apply for partial support for a performance.

The honor places the UTPA Ballet Folklórico, under the direction of Francisco Muñoz and Maria Oralia Garza Muñoz, on the roster along with organizations and performers such as the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Children's Theater, Houston Ballet Foundation, Patsy Torres, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

In its 37th year of existence, Dr. Amilda Thomas founded the Ballet Folklórico in 1970. The touring roster status was awarded to the Ballet Folklórico shortly before her death this summer.

"This honor will enable Dr. Thomas' vision to carry on as the Ballet travels throughout the state representing the cultural art of Mexican folkloric dance and continues to serve as ambassadors of service, goodwill and professionalism," Francisco Muñoz, artistic director, said.

Members of the 2006-2007 UTPA Ballet Folklórico are as follows: César Berlanga, César Galván, Raúl Galván, José Juan García, Juan Antonio García, Daisy Garza, John Eric González, Jenna Guzmán, José Martín Hinojosa, María Aurelia Leal, Juan Carlos López, Aimeé Maganda, Mónica Martínez, Cassandra Sonia Mendoza, Amabely Peña, Miguel Angel Peña, Rebekah Quintero, Blas Rodríguez, Cristóbal Rojas, Priscilla Sáenz, Norma Silva, Gabriela Tijerina, Angela Treviño, and Karla Uvalle.

For more information on the UTPA Ballet Folklórico and the dance program, call 956/381-2230, e-mail or visit

To learn more about the Texas Commission for the Arts Touring Arts Program visit