Dance Celebrated Through TAMIU's Young Dancers Program
Moving through space with strength and grace, a young dancer learns
to express ideas and emotions through his or her body.
Laredo-area children and adults will have the opportunity to learn from
respected masters of the art through Texas A&M International University's
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Young Dancers Program and the Mexican
Ballet Folklórico again this school year. (photo)
Registration for "Children's Combination Class," focusing
on ballet, tap and flamenco, and the "Teen/Adult Technique Class,"
which can include ballet, pointe, flamenco, tap, hip-hop, Polynesian and
jazz, will be Wednesday, September 1 and Thursday, September 2 from 4
to 7 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Center, studio
122. Interested persons should contact Bede Leyendecker at 326.2625. Classes
will begin Monday, September 6.
Registration for "Mexican Ballet Folklórico" will be
held Monday, September 6 through Friday, September 10, between 10 a.m.
and 6 p.m. Interested parties should contact Gabriela Mendoza-García,
adjunct faculty, at 326.2654 during those hours. Classes begin Saturday,
Bede Leyendecker, assistant professor of dance, explained several different
sessions will allow young students to explore the exciting world of dance.
"The children's class will be divided in four sections: two to
four year olds, four to six year olds, six to eight year olds and nine
to eleven year olds. Each will meet on a different day, and the sections
will allow instructors to focus on each group's needs, working with the
children's different developmental stages," she said.
For the "Teen/Adult Technique Class," Leyendecker explained
students could select from the seven disciplines or a combination of the
dance forms, as they will be held at different times and days. Students
Enrolled in the Young Dancer Program perform in an annual Christmas program
and year-end recital, she said.
Mendoza-García explained all Folklórico classes will be
held on Saturdays, but different ages will meet at different times.
"The Folklórico classes allow boys and girls of all ages
to learn more about the beauty and richness of Mexican dance," she
said, "All Folklórico dance students will perform at the Las
Posadas concert held in the fall and the Una Primavera Mexicana concert
held in the spring."
For more information on the Young Dancers Program, please contact Bede
Leyendecker at 326.2625 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Folklórico classes, please contact
Gabriela Mendoza-García at 326.2654 or e-mail email@example.com.
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