TAMIU Ballet Folklorico Seeks Dancers

TAMIU Ballet Folklórico
Recruiting Members

Gotta dance?

If the answer is yes, join the Texas A&M International University Ballet Folklórico. The dance group is recruiting members for its organization. Dance experience is not required.

If you need further encouragement, stop by the TAMIU Student Center Rotunda and watch the group perform. The group will perform Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, July 13 at 12:15 p.m. and will also host an information table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those days.

“To join, you must register for DANCE 1340 Folklórico 1, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:15 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 108,” said Gabriela Mendoza-García, Folklórico director.

The TAMIU Ballet Folklórico will be marking its 10-year anniversary in October of 2006. Back in 1996 Mendoza-García and six University students decided to form a group to preserve and help promote ballet folklórico. They started by rehearsing once a week outside the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library and performing in makeshift costumes. Today, the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico has the distinction of being the first performing group on campus before there were regular practice rooms, formal music and dance classes, professionally made costumes, or performances at the CFPA Recital Hall. (photo)

The group was run as a student organization for four years until students were able to sign up for it as a class and receive college credit.

TAMIU's Ballet Folklórico promotes the art with three big concerts a year. Every December, the group puts on Las Posadas that features the recreation of a traditional Mexican posada along with some dance performances.

In January, the group hosts a folklórico workshop and festival which features performances by dance groups from all over Texas. Guest performers attend a weekend workshop on campus by noted folklórico teachers and later perform in the concert for the community. In April the Una Primavera Mexicana concert will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico with an alumni reunion.

For more information, please contact Mendoza-García at 326.2654 or e-mail gabym@stx.rr.com.

For more information on TAMIU's Ballet Folklórico please visit TAMIUBalletFolklorico

Registration for Summer Session II and Fall 2006 classes is underway. Summer Session II Classes begin Monday, July 10, 2006.

Fall Classes begin Monday, August 28.

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