UTRGV Ballet Folklorico celebrating 50th anniversary with special performance

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About 60 people are involved in this production, including dancers and musicians, that are ready for showtime on the Edinburg campus. (Source: CBS 4 Photo) 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) Ballet Folklorico kicks off a special performance of ‘Alegria’ on Friday night, to mark its 50th anniversary.

About 60 people are involved in this production, including dancers and musicians, that are ready for showtime on the Edinburg campus. 

The program was founded in 1970, at what was then Pan American University, by the late Dr. Amilda Thomas. 

To celebrate the nationally recognized Ballet Folklorico group’s anniversary this year, they’re putting on a special performance of their yearly show. 

Every time they perform it, their director changes up the dance – all to bring something new to the stage, and it takes plenty of work. 

“Well, we start preparing in the summer, every summer we start the new production which is going to represent in every February and we practice twice a week, three to four hours,” Miguel Pena says. 

‘Alegria’ will be performed tonight, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. 

You can also catch the performance Feb. 14 through Feb. 16 at the Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. 

For tickets and more information, you can visit the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico website. 

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