Bailando 20th Anniversary Lineup is Full Complement of Dance Performances, Master Classes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Bailando International Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Oct. 3-5, at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The three-day event features master classes in a variety of dance styles, taught by internationally renowned professionals in the field of dance, representing over 14 universities and cities nationally and internationally.

The festival also hosts two evening concerts on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4, to celebrate aspiring choreographers whose original works will be adjudicated by a panel of dance experts. Saturday night is the Gala Celebration concert featuring contemporary and classical dance works performed by international guest artists Danza Universitaria and Imagodanza from Costa Rica, Ad Deum Dance Company from Houston, Ballet San Antonio, Corpus Christi Ballet, Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica from Corpus Christi and a special performance by Corpus Christi’s local dance students from area schools.

For the last 20 years, the Bailando International Dance Festival has provided an artistic and educational experience through performances, choreography showcases and master classes in a variety of dance styles to the Corpus Christi community and beyond. The master class enrollment and gala performance attendees are not only regional, but state, national and internationally based.

Bailando was founded in 2000 by Nancy Sulik, Artistic Director of Concert Ballet, and Jilissa Cotten, Director of Dance at the Island University, as part of Corpus Christi Concert Ballet’s Dance Initiative, encouraging local dance studios and companies to perform works under the stars at Cole Park’s amphitheater in Corpus Christi.

“The Bailando International Dance Festival wants take part in the growth of our young dancers,” said Cotten, show producer. “They get to work side by side with up to 40 professional dancers and teachers in just two days. There aren’t too many dance opportunities like this in our community.” says producer of the festival and Director of Dance at TAMUCC, Jilissa Cotten. Years later, the festival has become its own nonprofit organization and currently partners with the School of Arts, Media, and Communication at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and with the City of Corpus Christi to continue to grow the festival into an international destination for dancers and audience members.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Admission prices vary.  Buy tickets online at or call 310.927.1830 for more information or email at