TAMIU Ballet Folklorico to Debut New Dances

TAMIU Ballet Folklórico
Annual Concert Debuts New Dances

Prepare to be swept away to a tropical paradise at the annual Texas A&M International University Una Primavera Mexicana Concert Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Every year the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico premieres new dances from a different state or region in México for the Laredo community to enjoy. This year in commemoration of the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico’s 10-year anniversary, two new regions will be premiered. The new dances are from the Huasteca region of Veracruz and Querétaro,” said Gabriela Mendoza-García, TAMIU Ballet Folklórico director and founding member.

The Women’s City Club of Laredo sponsored the purchase of the Huasteca, Veracruz, dance costumes.

The group has progressed from makeshift costumes and outdoor rehearsals to authentic, traditional attire typical of the region in the 10 years since its inception on campus. The TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has the distinction of being the first performing arts organization on campus.

“The TAMIU Ballet Folklórico marked its 10-year anniversary in October 2006 and we plan to celebrate this milestone with our audience at our Una Primavera Mexicana concert,” said Mendoza-García.

“We have invited TAMIU Ballet Folklórico alumni to participate in all aspects of this concert and they agreed to serve as MCs, ushers, volunteers and dancers. The TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has made a tremendous impact in the lives of students!” added Mendoza-García.

In addition to the celebration, the Dr. Francisco Mendoza Memorial Scholarship recipient will be announced.

In the past 10 years, the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has presented dances from the states of Nuevo León, Jálisco, Veracruz, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Chiapas, Michoacán, Zacatecas, Puebla, Colima and Chihuahua.

“TAMIU Ballet Folklórico members have performed in Dallas, Nuevo Laredo, Zapata, San Ignacio, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and California to various audiences to promote and preserve the beauty of Mexican dance,” explained Mendoza-García.

The concert will feature performances by the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico, TAMIU TAMIU Ballet Folklórico Juvenil and the TAMIU Mariachi Internacional.

For more information, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences department of fine and performing arts at 326.2654 or e-mail Mendoza-García at gabym@tamiu.edu

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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