The Ballet Folklórico UT-Pan American will be hosting a Folklórico Adjudication Festival, April 15-16,at the University of Texas-Pan American Fine Arts Auditorium in Edinburg.

The two-day event will showcase the folkloric dance art that exists among our schools and private dance centers as well as provide a learning environment for students and directors. The Festival will include an adjudication where dance groups will present solo, duet, small ensemble, and large ensemble choreographies for adjudication.

Invited guest artists from México, Maestra Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández, from México, DF,  Maestro Ernesto Luna Ramirez, from Xalapa Veracruz, México, and Maestro Martín Roberto Martínez, Guanajuato, México will serve as adjudicators and will provide master classes for all the students and directors who are participating in the Festival.

The master classes for dance students will provide opportunities to learn new dance material and technique styles. A social gathering scheduled for Friday evening will promote networking among the folklórico groups. The Festival will also include a lecture session for directors.

Folklórico dance groups who will be participating in the 2011Festival are Edinburg Economedes High School Grupo Folklórico Jaguar, Edinburg Folklórico Dance Team, Edinburg North High School Ritmo Dorado, Edinburg ISD Hargill Elementary, Edinburg ISD Harwell Middle School, La Feria High School Grupo Folklórico, La Joya Domingo Trevińo Middle School, La Joya J.D. Salinas Middle School Grupo Folklórico, La Joya Lorenzo De Zavala Grupo Folklórico, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School, Los Fresnos High School Folklórico, Mario’s Dance Company, Mercedes High School Dance and Theater, Sol Y Luna, and Valley View High School.

The Festival will begin with a master workshop at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Adjudication sessions will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. A one hour Gala Concert featuring the Ballet Folklórico UT Pan American will highlight the Festival on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m.  All adjudication results will be announced following the Gala Concert.

General admission is $5 per person per event. Tickets will be available at the door prior to each event. All events will be held in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium located at the corner of Miguel Nevarez Avenue and University Drive in Edinburg, TX. For more information call the Ballet Folklórico Dance Office at 956-665-2230.