16th Annual Bailando Dance Festival held at Island University

Published: October 07, 2015

16th Annual Bailando Dance Festival held at Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The School of Arts, Media and Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet hosted the 16th annual Bailando Dance Festival from Thursday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Performing Arts Center.

Bailando included two nights of adjudication concerts and one gala performance. On Thursday and Friday, panels of experts critiqued the work of dancer and choreographers from all over Texas to decide which pieces were invited to perform in the Gala Concert on Saturday evening. Saturday night’s performance included eight “best of the best” choreographed performances and special guest appearances from principle dancers from the Houston Ad Deum Dance Company, Koumankele Dance and Drum Ensemble, NobleMotion Dance and Ballet Austin.

“Bailando started in 2000 as an outdoor festival and has grown into this huge, community-supported event,” said Jilissa Cotten, Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Producer of Bailando. “There is no other opportunity in Corpus Christi to see this caliber of dance and choreography in one place, at one time.”

Master dance classes were held during the day on Friday and Saturday in the Dugan Wellness Center and Warren Theatre at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. During the master dance classes, students ages 12 and up, including Islanders students, were invited to take classes taught by professionals in the styles of ballet, modern, jazz, Russian folk, hula, African, Spanish, tap, contemporary and hip hop.  The classes serviced more than 650 students.

“There is an enormous amount of preparation that goes into this three day event,” said Cotten. “We make every attempt to bring the best and brightest teachers to the Bailando master dance classes and to showcase best and brightest professional dancers from across the state.”

The Bailando Dance Festival was open to the public and money raised from ticket sales benefits the Dance Certificate Program at the Island University.

To see more pictures from Bailando, click here.

To see more pictures from the master dance classes, click here.