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Dance program growing at NMSU

Dance is a growing phenomenon at New Mexico State University, according to Helen Myers, NMSU dance program coordinator.

The year-old bachelor of arts program in dance includes course work in ballet, modern dance, jazz, choreography, dance history, rehearsal and production, anatomy, and pedagogy. Additional courses are offered in tap, Latin social dance, Western dance and ballroom dance.

Dance students have performed with the Las Cruces Chamber Orchestra, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera company, the American Southwest Theatre Company and in the NMSU Dance Ensemble, Myers said.

The NMSU Dance Ensemble presented two lecture demonstrations in the Las Cruces public school system, reaching more than 500 elementary school students last fall. The dance ensemble performed its annual concert Jan. 28 and 29 to sold-out audiences and toured to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in March to perform at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

NMSU dance students performed in April at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso.

Dance students have been taking part individually in a variety of professional activities, Myers said. In March Christopher Ramirez and Isaac Quiroga participated in the American College Dance Festival in Long Beach, Calif. Ramirez also has been awarded a scholarship to the American Dance Festival in Raleigh, N.C., this summer. The American College Dance Festival is the largest summer event of its kind in the country, and students from around the country compete for scholarships.

Dance student Sarah Puhl is serving as dance captain for the American Southwest Theatre Company's production of "Cabaret." Candace Craig auditioned for Disney International and will begin work this fall in Orlando, Fla. Heidi Dobson is starting an after-school dance program in Hatch.

Rita A. Popp
April 27, 2000