NDI New Mexico Presents End-Of-Year Shows In Albuquerque, Santa Fe And Española To Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Santa Fe, NM – This May, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI New Mexico) will present its 2019 End-of-Year performances in Albuquerque, Española and Santa Fe—with 500 children from local schools performing in each location. Combining creative choreography and music with local performers ranging from tiny tots to advanced teams to first responders, the End-of-Year shows will celebrate NDI-NM’s 25th anniversary and highlight the talent of NDI-NM students.
“NDI New Mexico was founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children,” said Russell Baker, Executive Director of NDI New Mexico. “The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry into all aspects of their lives. Our End-of-Year shows capture the children’s dedication and passion for dance and showcase the hard work they’ve put into the program throughout the year.”
End-of-Year shows kick off in early May, with Albuquerque performances of Route 66: Legends of the Road. Shows will take place at the Hiland Theater on May 2–4 and 9–11, with special guest appearances by Albuquerque Fire Department, Albuquerque Police Department, and Bernalillo County Fire Department.
Route 66: Legends of the Road is a “road trip” and a tribute to the people, places, and times of the famous highway. Route 66 winds from Chicago to Los Angeles and passes through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona along the way. Also known as “The Mother Road,” “The Old Highway,” and “The Main Street of America,” Route 66 represents freedom, determination, adventure, and the promise of a better tomorrow. Along our east to west journey, we will visit the legendary places and people during the eras in which they thrived. More than the sum of the cities it links, Route 66 is an embodiment of the American Sprit and a symbol of the American Dream. This show was selected for Albuquerque, both in celebration of NDI New Mexico’s 25th Anniversary and in celebration of the Hiland Theater’s location along Route 66.
The Santa Fe End-of-Year event will feature premier performances of Our Dancing Feet. Shows will take place at The Dance Barns on May 2–4 and 9–11, with special guest appearances by members of the Santa Fe Fire Department.
Our Dancing Feet is a new show written this year by NDI New Mexico’s North Program Artistic Director, Leslie Stamper, celebrating the joy of dance and NDI New Mexico’s 25th anniversary year. Catherine Oppenheimer and Jacques d’Amboise brought NDI to New Mexico 25 years ago with a clear mission—to get children dancing! Our Dancing Feet is a reminder of the power of dance, its magic, its beauty, and its ability to deeply impact the life of a child. Our Dancing Feet is a show grounded in the experiences of NDI New Mexico dancers, what they say dance does for them, and how it makes them feel. With music that spans genres and generations, students will dance in the street, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and learn to put their best foot forward. When children discover the joys of dance, they learn to embrace life with gusto, face challenges with confidence, and move toward their goals one step at a time, on their dancing feet!
In Española, End-of-Year performances of Our Dancing Feet will take place at the Española Valley High School Edward Medina Gym on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17. There will be special guest appearances by members of the Española Fire and Police Departments.
“Each show will be a celebration of the students, the cities, and the schools, and we’re honored to be presenting shows of such a high caliber to local audiences,” added Baker. “It’s an incredible feat to bring together 500 students for performances. We’re grateful to our amazing instructors, musicians, public school teachers and hardworking students who have worked tirelessly to put together these shows. We hope everyone will come out to support our students and celebrate 25 years of NDI-New Mexico making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of New Mexico children.”
For more information on NDI New Mexico and their programs, visit www.ndi-nm.org.
About NDI New Mexico:National Dance Institute of New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.