TAMIU Presents Spring Dance Concert April 11

This Friday, Spring will dance into Texas A&M International University with colorful flamencos at the annual Spring Dance Concert Friday at 8 p.m. in the Kinesiology/Convocation Building.

The concert, which will present a potpourri of dance styles including flamenco, jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance, will honor assistant professor of dance Bede Leyendecker for her 20 years of teaching.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Also at the event, the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust will be awarded the Terpsichorean Award for its support of dance education at TAMIU. The Trust has provided $12,000 for costumes, student travel and scholarships.

In addition, one student will be chosen to receive the Blanche Flores Leyendecker Scholarship during the concert.

Blanche Flores Leyendecker was a pioneer dance teacher in Laredo. Aside from her artistic and educational contributions, Leyendecker was considered by many one of the kindest people whose genuine interest in her students is still remembered. The scholarship is awarded every year in her memory.

Bede Leyendecker said that some of the songs the audience can expect to hear at the concert include "La Boda de Luis Alonzo" by Giménez, "Volare" by Gipsy Kings, and "Angel" by McLachlan.

Also introduced at the event will be guest artists from Zapata and Alexander High Schools.

For further information on the Spring Concert, please contact Leyendecker at 326-2625, e-mail bleyendecker@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Pellegrino Hall 215C.

University office hours for the Spring semester are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu