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Victoria native performs in college ballet folklorico tour

July 13, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Updated July 12, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.

Fancy Ray De Leon performs with the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico and the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan.

Fancy Ray De Leon performs with the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico and the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan.   CONTRIBUTED PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

Two college groups from the Rio Grande Valley are making their way to Victoria for a performance full of music, movement and Mexican culture.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ballet Folklorico and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Mariachi Aztlan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

Miguel Angel Pena, artistic director, said there are 16 musicians and 16 dancers who have been on tour.

They will travel through Texas, New Mexico and Colorado giving a series of performances that represent Mexican states like Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Fancy Ray De Leon, a Victoria native and dance major at UTRGV, said she has been in ballet folklorico since she was 6 years old and enjoys hearing the audience reaction to what the dancers do on stage.

She said the performance will be full of color, excitement and culture.

"We are not a traditional folklorico group," she said. "It's not something you see every day. It is something you want to come out and see."


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