Ballet East Dance Company fulfills a long-held dream this spring with a free outdoor show at the A.B. Cantú Pan American Hillside Theater.
“We used this wonderful venue in the heart of our community many years ago,” said Rodolfo Méndez, director of Ballet East Dance Company. “We wanted to offer a sampling of the rich Hispanic culture and heritage, as well as showcase Ballet East, which has been part of the community for more than 30 years.”
“Bajo la Luna” is Apr. 20-21, featuring the University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble, “Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan,” beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The evening also features San Antonio-based flamenco company, Raíces de Arte Español.
“I’ve always loved Spanish music and dancing,” Méndez explained. “This company dance to live music, which I think deepens the flamenco experience, and helps the performers find the emotions they’re expressing.”
Local choreographer Jeremiah Jenkins will present a dance piece performed by Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts which, while quirky and fun, employs sophisticated choreography. Also on the program is rising musical artists Hip-Hop Crew Company from Killeen.
Students in Ballet East’s award-winning outreach program will present folkloric dances from Mexico. “We teach semi-professional dancers Mexican folkloric dancing at Metz Recreation Center,” said Mendez, “and we maintain a permanent troupe of students who have graduated from that program, but who want to continue performing together. We recently added a teacher from Ballet Folklórico de México. Miguel Marroquín gives them intricate steps and choreography and they’ve been taking up the challenge.
The community is invited to sit beneath a full moon and bring lawn chairs, blankets to the Hillside Theater at 2100 E. 3rd Street in East Austin. For more information go to www.balleteast.org.