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Award-winning Ballet Folklorico to perform at CSU-Pueblo

Release Date: April 19, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

Ballet Folklorico

PUEBLO - Hot off a weekend during which it earned numerous awards at the Competencia Folklórica de Tejas in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Ballet Folklorico troupe at Colorado State University-Pueblo will perform next week at the Sangre de Christo Arts and Conference Center. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. Tickets to the event are $5 per person and are available at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Sangre de Cristo box office.

Under the direction of Iskra Merino and Dr. Dora Luz Cobian-Klein, Ballet Folklorico competed against more than 500 dancers from 27 dance groups from the United States and Mexico to win first and second place in the University Group Division of the Competencia Folklórica de Tejas with Veracruz Antigüo (1st place), and Nuevo León (2nd place). CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico student members included:

Marisa Beltrán, Pueblo (Dolores Huerta concurrent enrollment student)

Raquel Fuentes, Pueblo (CSU Fort Collins graduate, community member)

Alejandra Gutiérrez, Denver, CSU-Pueblo student

Alyssa Rizo, Pueblo (Dolores Huerta concurrent enrollment student)

Melissa Ramos, Pueblo (community member)

Rosa Ramos, Rocky Ford, CSU-Pueblo student

Taciana Torrez, Pueblo, CSU-Pueblo student

Rogelio Arreguín-Mancera, Colorado Springs, CSU-Pueblo student

Joseph Gutiérrez, Center, CSU-Pueblo student

Mario Ruiz, Fountain, CSU-Pueblo student

Francisco Soto, Pueblo (community member)

In addition, CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico was represented in the duet category by Melissa Ramos and Francisco Soto, and Marisa Beltrán and Joseph Gutiérrez, who took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. In addition to the regular divisions, CSU-Pueblo Ballet Folklorico won "The Best of the Best" trophy, an award given to the group with the highest scores in the University division. Hosted at Del Mar College and Performance Hall, Corpus Christi, Tex., the competition was sponsored by the prestigious Association of National Folkloric Groups.

1st Place - University Category with our Veracruz Antiguo Dances

2nd Place - University Category with our Nuevo Leon Dances

2nd Place - Duets Francisco Soto and Melissa Ramos (Community and Omawari Members , representing CSU-Pueblo)

3rd Place - Duets Marissa Beltran and Joseph Gutierrez (both members of CSU-Pueblo)

Best of the Best University

Ballet Folklorico preserves and promotes diversity at CSU-Pueblo through cultural awareness; specifically through performances, presentations, and programming of Mexican Folklore Dance and to provide opportunities for association and interaction with the campus community and the Pueblo community at large.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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