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NMSU Dance Program's 'iDance' to showcase seniors' work

The New Mexico State University Dance Program will present "iDance," a student choreography showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20, at Onate High School's Performing Arts Center.

The show will be produced by NMSU senior dancers Marty Dorado, Melissa Hernandez, Laura Herrera, Angel Favela and Daniel Maese. A variety of dance styles will be presented ranging from Bollywood and Contemporary to Ballroom and Jazz.

A work by Marty Dorado, "Scene 23," brings a jazzy-theatrical number to the show. "Scene 23" exemplifies the filming of a night out on the town. Black Machine's "Jazz Machine" provides the groove to which dancers will move.

Inspired by his life, Dorado brings "Gemini," a recollection of personal experiences to the music of Ludwig Von Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata."

Dorado's "Luck of Life" is a contemporary piece that tells different stories of life experiences following high school. In relation to these high school experiences the choreographer believed "Hometown Glory" by Adele expresses his ideals of coming of age.

Dorado's final choreography, "Disrupt," is another contemporary work portraying the disruption of a peaceful life.

Laura Herrera shakes things up with a Bollywood piece that is inspired by the popular movie, "Slumdog Millionaire." This dance features dancers from the NMSU Dance Program as well as guest dancers from the El Paso area.

Melissa Hernandez debuts with her first piece, "Symphonic." This stand out work offers a new perspective on dance by experimenting with sharp and fluid movements.

Inspired by a combination of the unsolved murders in Mexico with the story of Jack the Ripper, Angel Favela presents "Ripper." This piece is presented in four sections to allow the audience a deeper view into the choreographer's view on murder.

The final student choreographer, Daniel Maese, ponders the thought of what possibly happens immediately after death with his piece "Ascension." He dedicates this to the memory of four loved ones. Maese depicts another end in the form of relationships with "Breaking Ties."

Tickets for "iDance" can be purchased at the door or at the NMSU Dance Office for $10 per adult, $8 per student and senior citizen. For more information, call (575) 646-2070.