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Tuesday, September 8, 1998

Ybarra to perform at Pecos fiestas

Jasmine Ybarra, a 7-year-old second grader, and a two-year
veteran in the world of traditional regional ballet
folklorico dancing, has been taking dance classes since her
kindergarten year starting as a Beginner and advancing into
Intermediate and to Advanced dancer under the direction of
teachers from the internationally famous Rosa Guerrero
Folklorico Group, at the Rosa Guerrero Elementary School in
El Paso.

While a student with the Elementary school group she has
selected to accompany a large number of students from the
Fine Arts Department of El Paso ISD to travel to Houston as
part of the entertainment for the Texas Educators convention
(Sept. 26, 1997). The group was formally recognized by Dr.
Stan Paz, President of the Texas Educator Board as being El
Paso's finest Fine Arts students. They received a standing
ovation for their performance. She continued to perform at
various events and community affairs, working hard hoping to
reach her goal to enter professional dancing.

Ybarra was selected and recruited by Ballet Folklorico Aires
Internacionales, under the exclusive direction of Barbie
Valdiviez, the former Artistic director of the famous Rosa
Guerrero Ballet Folklorico.

She joined several seasoned professional dancers all former
members of the famous Guerrero group, internationally known
for their exceptional dancing talent and overpowering
performances. Jasmine joined the group as a member of the
professional team in March, 1998. She's worked hard through
the summer and after school sessions learning more advanced
techniques, and choreography. She is familiar with dances
from different regions in Mexico. She has learned to perform
dances from the Hausteca area, like Jalisco, Guerrero,
Colima, Chiapas and Vera Cruz, and other countries.

Aside from dancing practice sessions twice weekly, and
scheduled performances during week-ends she is active in
Brownie Girls Scouts Troop 655, enjoys taking gymnastics
classes after school, and attends Catechism classes at Queen
Peace Catholic Church where she will be making her First
Holy Communion in the spring.

Ybarra is an honor student at Carlos Rivera Elementary
School where her best subject is reading.

She and the group, Ballet Folklorico Aires Internacionales
will present a showcase performance of Ballet Folklorico
dancing for the Pecos Fiestas of the Diez Y Seis de
Septiembre this coming Saturday at 4 p.m. The group that
consists of several professional dancers will perform in all
of their gala for the enjoyment of all of Pecos and area

Ybarra who lives with her grandparents, Romeo and Sue Ybarra
of El Paso is the daughter of Margaret Ybarra, a former
Pecos High School student, all formerly of Pecos.

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