**For Immediate Release**
Dance Team Honored at Competition
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-26-2008
By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Ballet Folklórico Corazón de OPSU troupe traveled to Lubbock on March 15 to compete for the first time in the Lubbock Viva Aztlán Festival. They were placed in the beginner’s division and won the trophy for best choreography. OPSU sophomores Alma Barriga and Diego Gaucin were selected as Best Female and Best Male Dancers for the group.
Along with Barriga and Gaucin, other members of team include senior Jake Luera, sophomores Reyna Baeza and Dahlia Adriana Esparza; and freshmen Karina Chavez and Ruben Cruz.
The group formed one year ago as part of the Humanities curriculum at OPSU. The folkloric dance troupe is under the direction of Teri Mora, Director of Hispanic Student Services, and is a “sister” group with Alma Folklórica of Guymon High School. OPSU’s group offers performers an opportunity to attend college and continue dancing, and both groups reflect the “heart” and “soul” of folkloric dance in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The OPSU group sponsors the Mexican Traditions folkloric dance workshop held on campus each summer, and the students have worked with professional choreographers over the past year from Dallas, Oklahoma City, and San José, Calif., and are quickly improving their dance skills and adding to their repertoire. They perform at several events throughout the year and enjoy sharing culture through their lively dancing and colorful costumes.