UTRGV Ballet Folklórico celebrating 50th anniversary of ‘Alegria’

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EDINBURG, Texas – Every year the UTRGV Ballet Folklórico puts on a performance of the show Alegria. This year the program is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Folklorico Director Miguel Angel Peña says this year’s show will be extra special.

“There’s some very special pieces we’re going to present. A piece of pre-Hispanic dance, we’re going to present a piece of Vera Cruz, Jalisco, Baja California, Norte Nayarite, and Yucatan.”

UTRGV is one of the only universities in the U.S. with a Folklorio program. Peña says the program plays a vital role in keeping the traditions and culture of Mexico alive.

“I like that we get to express the Mexican culture and show it to many people that come see us. I like how we get to be like a family. We spend a lot of time together and we get close.”

Estephania Sandoval is one of the 36 dancers on this years team. She say this year’s Alegria will be exiting, getting emotions high at times.

“There’s bad times, there’s good times and by the bad times I mean when it’s close to shows there’s so many things going on. It’s very overwhelming and we want things to be like perfect.”

Dancer Sebatian Saenz says they have been practicing for the Alegria performance for months and says fans should get ready for a good show.

“We get to express what the Mexican culture has to show and you know like showing all the beautiful colors you know beautiful scenery everything has to offer.”

Alegria will be performed this weekend and next at the UTRGV Performing Art Complex and in March in Brownsville.

Peña says this show goes beyond UTRGV Folklorico, “This is a show not only of dance but you can see a lot of other elements like music, like theater, like scenery.”

For tickets and showtimes visit: http://patron.utrgv.edu/event/25dda04c9c63ee55af037bb170092a84

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