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Children's Summer Dance Institute set for June 14-25

A Summer Dance Institute for children will be offered at New Mexico State University, Mondays through Fridays June 14 - 25. The two-week program reaches students 7 - 18 years old.

"The institute features some of the best dance teachers in Las Cruces," said institute director Helen Myers, NMSU Dance Program coordinator.

The faculty includes Myers, who will teach modern dance; Jose Tena, director of Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto, who will teach ballet folklorico; and Ruben Ornelas, NMSU assistant dance professor, who will teach ballet. Additional modern dance instructors are Mei Ling Po McKay of Court Youth Center and Laurie MacFarlane of the Las Cruces CityDance program.

Students will take daily classes in all three dance techniques and share a closing day performance with their parents June 25. Classes will be held in rooms 228 and 229 of the NMSU Activity Center.

The cost is $100 per student. Financial aid is available for a limited number of low-income and minority applicants through a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. Deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, May 21. Applications are available in room 209 of the NMSU Activity Center. For more information, persons can call (505) 646-2115.

NMSU's dance program for college students is growing at NMSU with a new bachelor of arts program, Myers said. Classes for the major includes course work in ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, Latin social dance, Western dance and ballroom dance. Additional courses are offered in choreography, dance history, rehearsal and performance, dance production, anatomy, weight training and dance pedagogy. Two full-time and four part-time instructors comprise the dance program faculty.

Students in the dance program have performed with the Las Cruces Chamber Orchestra, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera company, as well as in joint music and dance concerts. The NMSU Dance Ensemble presented six lecture demonstrations in the Las Cruces public school system this school year, reaching more than 1,500 elementary students.

For information about the dance major, contact Helen Myers at (505) 646-2070.
Rita A. Popp
May 12, 1999