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NMSU to host National Dance Association's Pedagogy Conference

New Mexico State University will host the National Dance Association's Pedagogy Conference, "The Learning Circle," Jan. 15-18.

The conference will bring more than 150 teachers, dancers, performers and choreographers from all areas of the dance profession together for the purpose of creating an atmosphere of exploration and growth. Keynote speakers include nationally renowned dance educators Brenda McCutchen, author of "Teaching Dance as Art in Education," Bill Evans, renowned master teacher/performer/choreographer, Fran Cleland, author of "Developmental Physical Education for all Children," and Anne Green Gilbert, author of "Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement, Creative Dance for All Ages," and "Brain-Compatible Dance Education."

The conference will focus on improving leadership and teaching as well as scholarly and creative practice. The conference schedule includes panels, workshops and presentation that address pedagogy topics, explore unique creative and artistic skills in leadership and administrative roles and discover ways for dancers to move from the "stage" to the "page" with discussions on promoting creative and scholarly writing.

There will also be two dance performances. On Saturday, Jan. 16, "Celebracion de Danza," will showcase the works of member dance companies of the Pan American Dance Institute. On Sunday, Jan. 17, "Circle of Dance," will feature the choreography of pedagogy conference participants with master performers Bill Evans and Don Halquist. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the door the night of the performance.

For registration information contact the NMSU dance program at (575) 646-2070.