POSTED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 6:39am
UPDATED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 6:54am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Four members of the Ballet Folklórico South Texas College were selected to participate in the Academia de la Danza Amalia Hernández (ACADEZ), the U.S. branch of the world renowned Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, after competing in a heated series of auditions held over the summer at the Guadalupe Cultural Center in San Antonio.
STC students Kristina Rodríguez, 20, Jennifer Lozano, 21, Adolfo Salinas, 22, and Raúl López, 30, auditioned on June 16 before a panel of judges headed by Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández, daughter of the legendary Amalia Hernández, and artistic director of the Ballet Folklórico de México and ACADEZ USA. The Valley students were among 13 dancers selected out of a pool of 60 participants.
“It’s so amazing, it’s something I’ve really been hoping for a real long time,” said Lozano, a psychology major and original member of the Ballet Folklórico-STC. “I couldn’t believe that I was selected, mainly because I come from a very small area and never imagined I would be dancing for such a big company.”
The quartet of Valley dancers had to learn and perform three different pieces, one from each of the Mexican states of Veracruz and Guerrero, and a contemporary piece. They were shown the dances one day and performed them the following day at the audition before Basanta Hernández and the rest of the panel.
“That was where the nerves also came in, to be judged by someone of Vivana Basanta’s caliber and judged by her is where the nerves came in,” said Salinas, who perfomed with the Edinburg Parks & Recreation Folklórico Dance Team prior to joining STC’s Ballet Folklórico. “You want to be perfect.”
While performing in front of Basanta Hernández was a privilege and a dream come true for the STC quartet, getting the call the next day to find out they were selected to join the academy was priceless.
“It felt great, but there were a lot of people there and I felt small, and it was kind of scary,” said Rodríguez, a communication disorders major and original member of the Ballet Folklórico-STC. “It’s every dancer’s dream to be part of a group like that, well known and that everybody knows about.”
“I never thought it would happen, I never thought I would get to meet her (Basanta Hernández) in person,” she added. “It’s scary for her to be watching you and to give you that nod of satisfaction and that she knows your name, it feels awesome.”
For more information about the Ballet Folklórico-South Texas College, contact Victor Gómez at (956) 872-2070 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .