Melba’s McAllen Dance Theatre will perform the classical ballet Sunday Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center located at 801 Convention Center Blvd.
This is the first year that McAllen Dance Theatre will perform in the new facility. For 53 years, Melba’s Dance School performed at the old McAllen Civic Center.
The first act will feature excerpts from “Swan Lake”. Veronica Leal, 17, who is a senior at McAllen Memorial High School, will play the role of Odette.
“It’s so amazing to see the whole production come together and to be a part of its creation,” Leal said. “Everyone has been putting in the hard work and dedication necessary to make the ballet a success. I know it’s going to be great.”
Stephanie Kim, 17, a senior at Sharyland High School, will perform the principal role of the black swan – “Odile.” The first act will feature 68 junior and senior company dancers, seven of whom are high school seniors. The ballet has been set under the instruction of Julie Doyle Reyes and Ricardo Flores.
“Throughout all my years at Melba’s I’ve never been more exhausted yet so excited for one of our very own shows,” Kim said. “Performing the role of Black Swan in the new Performing Arts Center is not just a privilege but an honor as well.”
In addition, the Feb. 19 performance will feature Melba’s senior company in a several numbers choreographed by Julie Doyle Reyes and Ricardo Flores. Opening the second act will be a Moulin Rouge inspired Can Can. Another number from the advanced group includes a sophisticated jazz piece to Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” choreographed by Ricardo Flores.
“Our show has a little bit of everything: from Broadway classics to today’s hits, we have it all”, said Julie Doyle Reyes, Melba’s Dance School Director.
Other dances include hip hop and jazz routines choreographed by Myriam Ortegon. “Having spent 18 years both dancing and teaching at Melba’s, I have experienced all aspects of our annual February Show. So much love goes into every show from both the choreographers and dancers, and I am excited to leave my heart out on our new stage” said Ortegon.
Other choreographers include Lauren Flores, Mariana Adame and Naileah Garza. The second act also features a large tap production number from the stage hit “Crazy For You” and an original vaudeville routine from the 1920’s taught by Reyes. In addition to dance, the show will also feature vocal talents from students of Melba’s Dance School.
Tickets are available at Melba’s Dance School located at 2100 N. 10th St in McAllen. They may be purchased during store hours, Mon – Thurs 11-6 and Saturday 10-5, or at the door on the day of the performance. Reserved seating tickets are $12 plus tax. For more information visit Facebook at Melba’s Dance School, www.melbasdance.com, or call 956-686-1411.