Melba’s McAllen Dance Theatre debuts original ballet

Averri Gomez, 17, a senior at Memorial High School, will dance in the role of the Spring Fairy in the debut of “The Storybook Ballet” by Ricardo Flores. The performance is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Courtesy photo

On Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., Melba’s McAllen Dance Theatre will perform and debut an original ballet created by Melba’s Dance choreographer Ricardo Flores at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.

“‘The Storybook Ballet’ is about a young girl who falls asleep while reading and awakes in her storybook,” Flores said. “She is greeted by all the characters of beloved fairy tales and gets to live out her dream of becoming a princess from her book.

“The creative team got together to choose variations and music from a variety of different ballets that would allow us to create a story of an individual who lives out her dreams. The same vision we like to instill in our students. To dream the big dream and achieve it!”

The first act features Camille Alvarez, Angelina Aguirre and Adriana Trejo as soloists, along with 66 junior and senior company dancers. Other soloists include Averri Gomez, Saylor Donnelly, Katy Gurwitz, Andrea Arguelles, Andrea Conner, Valeria Zamora and Grace Vaughan.

In her eleventh year of ballet at Melba’s Dance, Camille Alvarez, 15, is excited about dancing in the lead role as Princess Ava: “This is a beautiful story about a girl whose dreams become a reality. This ballet will be loved by any audience.”

Angelina Aquirre, 17, is a high school senior who has been dancing at Melba’s Dance for 14 years.

“I’m looking forward to perform this dance as the leader of the Monarchs with my friends,” she said. “Not only is this very emotional, but it’s a cherished moment I will keep forever in my heart.”

In addition, the Feb. 16 performance will feature Melba’s Senior Company in several numbers choreographed by Julie Doyle Reyes, Hannah Young, and Lauren Flores. Other dances include tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre routines choreographed by Cathie Moroles and Naileah Garza.

“Our show has a little bit of everything: from Broadway classics to today’s hits, we have it all,” said Julie Doyle Reyes, Melba’s dance director.

Tickets are available at Melba’s Dance School at 2100 N. 10th Sreet in McAllen. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the performance. Reserved seating tickets are $12 plus tax.

For more information, call (956) 686-1411.