Dances from Colima Premiere at TAMIU April 7

Dances from Colima
Premiere at TAMIU

Wildflowers blooming on the roadside, new leaves growing on trees, children in pastel-colored outfits searching for Easter eggs, and kites flying in the air…all signal that spring has arrived.

Another sign that spring is here is Texas A&M International University’s Ballet Folklórico annual dance concert, Una Primavera Mexicana. This year, the performance will be held on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The concert is open to the public and free of charge.

“Since its inception ten years ago, the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has premiered Mexican folk dances from 12 regions in México including Nuevo León in 1997, Jalisco in ’98, Veracruz in ’98, Nayarit in ’99, Sinaloa in 2000, Chiapas in ’01, Michoacán in ’02, Revolución in ’03, Zacatecas in ’04, Puebla and the Porfiriato Epoca last year, and this year’s dances from Colima,” said Gabriela Mendoza-García, concert organizer and Ballet Folklórico director.

In addition to the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico, Una Primavera Mexicana will feature performances by Antonio González Middle School Ballet Folklórico, Honore Ligarde Elementary Ballet Folklórico, Abraham Kazen Elementary Ballet Folklórico, and TAMIU Ballet Folklórico Juvenil.

“Attendees of the Una Primavera Mexicana concert will be treated to the sights and sounds of old México. The TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has been practicing all year round to showcase the traditional music and dances of México for the community of Laredo. In addition, the premiere of dances of the state of Colima, México mark the first time this region has been performed by the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico for the Laredo community.  This is a perfect show for the entire family to attend. You will leave learning a bit more about the beauty of Mexican dance,” added Mendoza-Garcia.

The concert will also feature the presentation of the Dr. Francisco Mendoza Memorial Scholarship to a deserving TAMIU Ballet Folklórico member whose dedication to the art of Mexican dance will be acknowledged. Webb County Commissioner Judith Gutierrez will emcee the event.

The event is sponsored in part by the City of Laredo.

Founded in 1996 by Mendoza-García, TAMIU's Ballet Folklórico is the first performing arts group to the University. It is well versed in dances from all regions of México and has included students from Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Zambia, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States.

For more information, please contact Mendoza-García at 326.2654 or e-mail gabym@tamiu.edu

Additional information on TAMIU's Ballet Folklórico can be found on the Web.

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