Thursday, August 20, 2009

Local Youngsters Start Rehearsals For Annual Show

National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM) returns this year to Socorro.
The award-winning youth performance program begins rehearsals August 24 in cooperation with the Performing Arts series at New Mexico Tech. The three-week program culminates September 11 with three performances of “Lights, Camera, Action.”
Led by NDI-NM Residency Director, Emily Lowman, nearly 200 students in grades 4 to 6 from Cottonwood Valley Charter School, Midway Elementary, San Antonio Elementary, and Zimmerly Elementary; and kindergarteners from Parkview Elementary will participate. This year’s theme “Lights, Camera, Action!” celebrates the silver screen and the movies and personalities that have defined the American cinematic landscape.
National Dance Institute of New Mexico was founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of its distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. The Socorro Residency is part of NDI-NM’s statewide Outreach which places a certified NDI-NM instructor and professional pianist in classes in 74 schools throughout New Mexico as part of their curriculum. NDI-NM also trains classroom teachers to get their students up and moving and incorporate its techniques into their language arts and math core curricula. All NDI-NM programs are character-building and use dance to teach an important life lesson - that working hard, doing your best, never giving up, and living a healthy life equals success.
Lights, Camera, Action! will be presented on Sept. 11 at Macy Center at New Mexico Tech in three performances, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission is free for children under 17; $6 adults.
This Residency is supported in part by an award from The Sheila Fortune Foundation.

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