NDI Dancers Show Their Stuff At End Of Year Performance


NDI Dancers Show Their Stuff At End Of Year Performance

ESPAÑOLA  – On Wednesday evening the National Dance Institute (NDI) held their final End-of-Year performance at the Española  Valley High School Gymnasium. Over 500 student dancers from 16 schools in the Española and Pojoaque school districts performed in front of an audience of 1700 people.

NDI is completing their 21st season of operations and their 17th year in Northern New Mexico. The northern program began in 1998 in Pojoaque. In 1999, the program served 4 schools and 270 children. According to the NDI website, the NDI North Program currently provides dance classes as part of the regular school curriculum to 546 children and 29 teachers in 10 rural and 1 Bureau of Indian Education elementary schools in Northern New Mexico. At the end of the school year, 500 students come together to perform for 7,200 friends, family and community members. The North Program serves communities in the Greater Española Valley and Pojoaque.

NDI New Mexico also offers three hours of advanced training  on Saturdays to 100 students through our Super Wonderful Advanced Team (SWAT) for ages 9 to 12 and Celebration Team for 12- to 15- year-olds. These young people join NDI New Mexico’s in-school students for the year-end community performances and act as role models for their younger peers.

This year’s performance was titled “Imagine the Possibilities! A celebration of reading” and included 25 performances with a book and reading theme.

See below for more images from the exciting culmination to an excellent year.

Dancers performing the Japanese based “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”

Members of the Super Wonderful Advanced Team (SWAT) waiting for the start of the show

Ohkay Owingeh School third and fourth graders waiting for the start of the show

Pablo Roybal Elementary School third graders

San Juan Elementary fourth graders

SWAT members preping for the performance

Mr. Dan Lizdas and the NDI Orchestra

SWAT dancers performing “Pure Imagination”

Students performing “Treasure Island” with a few adult volunteers

Celebration Dancers in “1001 Arabian Nights”

“Mystery Book” performed by students from San Juan Elementary with a few special guests

Special guests included members of the Santa Fe County Fire Department and retired State Police officer Omar Sanchez

Students perform a dance based on New Mexico folktales

Don Quixote comes before the Finale

The Finale and a “See you next year” send off.