The renowned dance group, Ballet Flamenco Español-Ballet Folclorico Mexico, will give a free public performance at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on Saturday, August 20.  The performance begins at 1:00 p.m.

The dance company is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Spanish Dance.  Based in Norman, Oklahoma, the company was founded in 1983 by Pandora Tadefa-Everett, M.A., and currently offers authentic Spanish culture to the community. The dance company is registered/recognized by King Juan Carlos of Spain and the Spanish Consulate in its' cultural exchanges.    


The dance program at the Mabee-Gerrer will include traditional dances from Spain and Mexico-including the Flamenco and the Mexican Hat Dance.  Observers will delight in the colorful costumes, including wooden shoes, elaborate headdresses and hats, and castanets.  The program will also include historical explanations of the dance and costuming.


"Allied Arts granted the funding for the museum performance as well as three performances at Shawnee-area schools," explained MGMoA curator of education, Donna Merkt.  Ballet Flamenco Español-Ballet Folclorico Mexico performed this past May for over 1,000 students at Shawnee Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary, and Pleasant Grove School. 


All four of the dance company's Shawnee performances are part of the Mabee-Gerrer's Cultural Connections outreach program, which benefits over 1,800 students each year.   These colorful performances draw a live parallel to the striking Spanish Colonial art permanently exhibited at the Mabee-Gerrer. 


"We are very excited to have the Ballet Flamenco Español-Ballet Folclorico Mexico performing at the Museum," exclaimed Merkt.  "The group is internationally renowned and extremely talented.  They present an energetic, colorful performance. This is a great opportunity for Shawnee residents young and old to experience first hand part of the cultures and histories of Spain and Mexico."


Ballet Flamenco Español-Ballet Folclorico Mexico is recognized as touring artists by the Oklahoma Arts Council.  The group also has a junior company-Los Niños De España y Mexico that provides free dance and educational scholarships to disadvantaged children.  For additional information about the group, please visit

additional information about the free museum performance, please visit the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art website at

or contact Donna Merkt at (405) 878-5300 or