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Houston Mariachi Festival presents UTRGV Ballet Folklórico this summer

Celebrating Hispanic Culture through the Arts

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Ballet Folklórico performs
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HOUSTON — (PRNewswire) — Mariachi Festival presents a night at the Wortham Theater featuring the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Ballet Folklórico on Saturday, August 6, 2022. This organization is comprised of 50 students who are pursuing degrees in a variety of disciplines. The Ballet Folklórico has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, and Italy to perform.

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The UTRGV Ballet Folklórico has received national recognition through the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Their works have been showcased and selected to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performance Arts in Washington, D.C.

Miguel Angel Peña Caballero serves as the director of the UTRGV Ballet Folklórico. He is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. He also has a master’s degree in Fine Arts – Dance from the University of Wisconsin. He has choreographed special performances throughout the United States for many artists, including Paquita la del BarrioVikki Carr, and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

“There is no other group like UTRGV Ballet Folklórico”, says Macaria Mendez, Chair of the Mariachi Festival Board of Directors. “We are excited to have them perform with Mariachi 7 Leguas and the University of Houston Mariachi Pumas. This will be a spectacular evening at a first-class venue.”

As part of the Mariachi Festival, Texas youth will be able to compete in a mariachi vocal competition. One winner from an elementary school, middle school, and high school will be selected and will be asked to perform with the University of Houston Mariachi Pumas on August 6, 2022, at the Wortham Theater. To participate in the competition, students must create a video of themselves singing and email it to houstonmariachifestival@gmail.com by May 31, 2022.

On July 13, 2022, at 6 pm, the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) will kick off the Mariachi Festival and El Día de Los Muertos Parade at the Aquarium Restaurant Downtown. This event is open to the public. El Día de Los Muertos Parade is scheduled for November 5, 2022, at Sam Houston Park.

For more information on the Mariachi Festival and the Texas Youth Mariachi Vocal Competition, go to www.HoustonMariachiFestival.com.

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