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P.A.D.I. offers Brazilian Beat dance workshops to NMSU students and general public

To kick off 2009, the Pan American Dance Institute will be offering the Brazilian Beat dance workshop series with Brazilian dancer and former associate professor of dance at University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Eluza Santos.

The Brazilian Beat series is for anyone interested in exploring jazz or modern dance with an infusion of Brazilian flavor. The NMSU Dance Program will open its jazz and modern dance classes to the general public for the week of these workshops. On Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 10 and 12, Santos will offer a class that incorporates Brazilian movement with a jazz flair, and on Wednesday, Feb. 11, Santos will teach a Brazilian modern dance class featuring modern dance movement with Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts form. These classes are $15 per class and offered for free to NMSU students.

On Saturday, Feb. 14, Santos will offer both a jazz and modern dance class with a lunch discussion about the Latin influence in the world of dance. For $25, participants will have a day of dance, conversation, and food.

Santos draws from her Brazilian cultural roots in her teaching, choreography and scholarly work. Santos holds a degree in physical education from Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, in her native Brazil, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in dance from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in dance from Texas Woman's University. Santos' artistic and scholar works have been presented throughout Brazil, the United States, South Africa, Portugal, and Canada.

For more information about these events call the Pan American Dance Institute office at (575) 646-2070.

Writer: Donyelle Kesler
Feb. 9, 2009