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NMSU Dance Program to present 2010's 'Rhythm Nights'

The New Mexico State University Dance Program will be presenting "Rhythm Nights," a collaborative dance concert at 7 p.m. April 16 and 17, at the Onate Performing Arts Center featuring all three NMSU performing companies.

Sol y Arena, NMSU's Flamenco Company, will perform "Seda y Canela," with music by Miguel Poveda and choreography by Pablo Rodarte, "Bulerias de Cadiz," with music by El Junco and choreography by Paco Antonio, and "Baile de Luis Alonso," with music from the Spanish opera "Zarszuela" and choreography by Lucilene de Geus.

Crimson Rhythm, NMSU's DanceSport company, will perform a ballroom medley including quickstep, waltz, tango, and foxtrot, choreographed by Eric Fierro, director of the company. Music for this piece will include "It don't mean a thing," by Geoff Love Orchestra, "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet," by Manuel & the Music of the Mountains, "Out of My Dreams," by Mantovanni Orchestra, "Fever," by Richard Marinn & Orchestra, and "Una Musica Brutal," by Gotan Project. Crimson Rhythm will also present a dramatic paso doble/Argentine tango piece, choreographed by NMSU students Greggory McPherson and John Guisto, with music by Kronos Quartet entitled "Lux Aeterna."

Contemporary Dance Theater will perform a piece entitled "Bound/aries," choreographed by Kirsten Avelar, director of the Pan American Dance Institute. The piece is danced to music entitled "Rock, Water, Wind," by Carter Burwell and is about obstacles and challenges in life and ways of responding to them.

Guest Artist Bill Evans has choreographed a featured dance to be performed by Contemporary Dance Theater. Entitled "Colony," the piece was inspired while the choreographer was working with the Maori Dance Trust in Hartings, New Zealand. The movement portrays the processes underlying the development of mixed indigenous and European cultures. Music for this piece was composed and performed by Tanya Gerard, Michael Kott, Jeff Sussman and Robert Thomas.

Tickets for Rhythm Nights will be available at the Pan American Center Box Office, through Ticketmaster or the Dance Program Office, and at the door for $10 general admission and $8 for students. Call the Dance Program at (575) 646-2070 for more information.