Corpus Christi Bailando International Dance Festival's mission is to provide an artistic and educational experience through performance, choreography and instruction in multiple dance genres to communities and school districts with little to no access to the performing arts, as well as aspiring and seasoned choreographers and professional dance companies who perform culturally diverse works in an artistically growing environment.

In September 2000, Bailando Dance Festival was first initiated as a part of Corpus Christi Concert Ballet's Dance Initiative, encouraging local dance studios and companies to perform works of art under the stars at the outdoor Cole Park Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, Texas.  After 20 years, Bailando has become an international dance festival and is now its own 501 (c) 3 organization. It has grown into a full weekend event featuring evening dance concerts and master classes in a variety of dance styles, all held at the sparkling Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  Bailando has provided the South Texas community with culturally diverse works of dance performed by companies and individuals from areas throughout North and Central America!

What is Bailando?

Bailando not only engages dance students throughout the event weekend, but also brings dance into local schools through our Educational Outreach program! The goal is to inspire young people to be active physically while exposing them to arts education with the help of our professional guest artists.
For more information on the program and how to get involved visit our

Educational Outreach

Bailando International Dance Festival
Staff and Board of Directors

LARRY CASHION

Board Director
Videographer

KEVIN SCHUSTER

Board Director
Photographer

TRAVIS PROKOP

Board Director

MARIE ADAMS

Board Director

KARIN BOURIE

Board Director

BRANDON BESSE

Board Director

KATE BURRILL

Board Director
Educational Outreach Coordinator

SARAH GONZALEZ

Board Director
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Contact

RIVER THOMPSON

Festival Coordinator

JILISSA COTTEN

Executive Director

About Bailando

LESLIE WILLIAMS

Board Director