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San Antonio's Urban 15 is about to conduct its yearly call  for talent – you've got it, and they want it. 

"We're looking for a few good men, and women, who like to drum and dance," George Cisneros says.

Catherine Cisneros expanded on the idea.   

"We have noticed there is an incredible amount of talent and training in our community that happens at an early age, and then life catches up with you," Catherine says.

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At a glance, Volcán appears to be a band straight out of a Latin American country, maybe Venezuela or Cuba. So much so that many of the band members are often caught in a guessing game of what country they originate from, especially lead singer Jose Huizar. Which rich vocals and an impeccable Latin accent, Jose fills the room with his presence and takes you to another world, far from Texas.

Arts San Antonio is bringing one of the iconic New York dance companies to the Alamo City. 

“Yes, we’re going to be performing at the Majestic Theater on Tuesday, February tenth.”

Michael Novak dances with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He started dancing at about ten. I asked how he discovered dance.

“It was basically because I had tried a lot of other sports and I wasn’t very good at them.”

I had to ask “Was it love at first dance?”

He laughed and said “Yeah, actually, there was something about it very liberating for me.”

Courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama

A soulful music group is coming to the Tobin Center next week. Turns out, they’ve been touring quite a while. “The group went on the road in 1944. June 10, 1944."

That’s a long time!

“Yeah, it’s been about 70 years.”

The band is Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time Grammy Award-winning group. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie plays the drums, and has been singing with them for many a decade, and celebrated four Grammy Awards along the way with them.

“I’ve been working with the Blind Boys for about 40 years.”

They mix up gospel and soulful pop music.  

It’s a troupe unlike any that San Antonians have seen.  How is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo not like your regular ballet company?

“Well, the Ballet Trockadero is a male company. We’re all male.”

Carlos Hopuy dances with them.

“So we dance en pointe shoes. And we do comedy ballet.”

I had to ask--"Comedy and ballet, that’s a really odd combination, right?"

“Yeah! It’s really hard for us to make it, like, seem easy. But at the same time, it’s really fun to do it.”

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