ALBUQUERQUE ― NDI New Mexico has added a new team member to enhance the educational experience for New Mexico students.
Rodney Rivera, a renowned choreographer, educator and performer from Puerto Rico, will be joining the NDI New Mexico team as the Dance Barns Artistic Director in Santa Fe.
“When I first saw Rodney teach, I was totally inspired and knew that he was an artist and educator completely in alignment with our mission and philosophy,” said Liz Salganek, artistic director for NDI New Mexico. “As a teacher and choreographer, he brings passion, intelligence, and humor, and he balances high standards and expectations with a joyful and caring approach. He has a depth of experience as both a school and company director, master teacher, choreographer, and before that had many years of experience as a performer. His expertise blends with his down-to-earth nature. He is driven by the power that the arts have to connect communities and to connect young people to their potential. I am so excited for our students and families to get to work with him!”
Rivera’s first class at the Dance Barns will be “Boys Ballet Boot Camp,” designed to get boys excited about the athleticism of and power of dance. He also is creating a piece on the most advanced dancers inspired by the passion of the great Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla.
“I am totally moved by this organization,” Rivera said. “Words are not enough to describe the quality and the social and artistic commitment of this incomparable institution. NDI New Mexico has achieved its mission and positively impacts the lives of thousands of young dancers. I congratulate all its founders and staff and am so excited to join this team, who have managed to create a diamond here in New Mexico.”