Children and teens ages 5-18 can explore the beauty of the
traditional dances of Mexico with Texas A&M International
University's "Mexican Ballet Folklorico" classes.
Classes are held at the University on Saturdays in the Kinesiology/Convocation Building, Room 204. Class Dates are March 31, April 7, 21 and 28.
Class times are: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Grades 7th - 12th (ages 12 - 18); 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m, Grades 4th - 6th (ages 8 - 11); 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m, Grades 1st - 3rd (ages 5 - 7); and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Boys, Grades 1st - 5th (ages 5 - 10).
Cost is $30 and previous dance experience is not required.
Course instructor is Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia, director of the
A&M International Ballet Folklorico, and a former
professional dancer with the Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de
The course focuses on basic dance principles and techniques of
Mexican Ballet Folklorico, but will also help students to
understand Mexican culture and traditions, Mendoza-Garcia said.
"We consider this an important educational outreach
effort that helps students to establish an artistic link to a
heritage and to celebrate one of the most cherished of Mexican
art forms. The classes focus on building strength, balance,
posture, grace and discipline. Students will learn
"zapateado" basics along with skirt work, dance
techniques and performance styles. It's a great opportunity for
students to learn and celebrate a rich and diverse culture,"
To register for the class or for more information, please call
the University's Office of Special Programs at 326-2700 or visit
offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 332.
Mendoza-Garcia can also be contacted at 326.2280 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
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