EDINBURG — The Ballet Folklorico UT-Pan American, under the artistic direction of Francisco Munoz, will begin its annual concert series of ALEGRIA 2008-2009, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 7 & 8 at 2 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 & 15 at 2 p.m.; Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 21 & 22 at 2 p.m.

ALEGRIA 2008-2009 will feature a company of 24 dancers with live musical accompaniment provided by Mariachi México Lindo. ALEGRIA will create a spectacular collaboration of color, drama and excitement as music and dance transpose the audience into different regions and states of Mexico.

Over the past couple of years, the Ballet Folklorico has been recognized throughout the state with outstanding choreography adjudication reviews at the American College Dance Festival Association and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In October, the Ballet traveled to Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico where it was showcased among Mexico’s finest Folklorico dance groups. In December, the Ballet presented ALEGRIA to the community of Del Rio, Texas though a special invitation by the Del Rio Council for the Arts. The Ballet will also be presenting ALEGRIA in Eagle Pass, Texas in March. As the Ballet Folklorico travels, it continues to serve as an ambassador for the University, the Rio Grande Valley, and the Mexican culture and tradition of the area.

Choreographies presented will include traditional dances from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Baja California and Jalisco. In addition, Corridos Mexicanos and Chinacos de Puebla, two pieces from the collection of choreographies by Rafael Zamarripa, Director of the University of Colima, Mexico, will also be presented.

All concerts will be held at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium in Edinburg, TX. $8 adult advance sale tickets are available at the IBC Bank Wal-Mart in store branches valley wide and at the UTPA Payments and Collections office.

Adult tickets will be available at the door for $10. $5 tickets for children, students and UTPA faculty/staff will be available at the door. For additional information, contact the Dance Program Office at 956-381-2230.