Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m., Melba’s Dance School will perform their 59th annual recital at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

This is the first year that McAllen Dance School will perform in the new theatre after 53 years in the old civic auditorium.

Showcase A (12:00) and Showcase B (2:30) will feature students ranging in age from 3 to 18. The first act of each showcase will begin with the youngest dancers at Melba’s Dance School. “The preschoolers always steal the show. My favorite moments are when a young performer does something outside of the choreography - like help a friend on stage. The audience always loves it,” said Julie Doyle Reyes, Melba’s Dance School Director and preschool choreographer.

In addition, the May 6 performance will present ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop and folklorico routines from the school’s 14 levels of students. The show demonstrates the intricate levels of progression at Melba’s Dance. “At Melba’s, we have a unique way to deliver a professional performance by students of any age. The student begins the year with a fun learning environment and ends it with a quality routine that lets every parent know that their kid didn’t just have fun for the year. They learned both dance technique and life skills,” said Reyes.

Melba’s Senior Company will present several numbers choreographed by Reyes, Myriam Ortegon and Ricardo Flores such as a Moulin-Rouge-inspired can-can and a sophisticated jazz piece to Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good.”

In addition, the company will perform original classical ballet pieces choreographed by Ricardo Flores. This year Melba’s Dance school has seven graduating seniors, each of whom has danced at Melba’s for 14-plus years. Other choreographers include Cathie Moroles, Lauren Flores, Susan Tristan and Naileah Garza. The show will conclude with a large tap production number choreographed by Reyes.

Tickets are available at Melba’s Dance School located at 2100 N. 10th Street 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. For more information visit Facebook at Melba’s Dance School, www.melbasdance.com, or call 956-686-1411.

If you have a child interested in dance, the first of three summer camps runs June 12 to 23. There are various camps for children of all ages. They include ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, stretch and strength conditioning, musical theatre, acting, voice lessons, arts and crafts. Schedules and registration are available at the Melba’s Dance School & Dance Shoppe front desk.