SANTA FE ― New Mexico School for the Arts’ Dance Department will offer a one hour performance Nov. 2-4 featuring the talented young dancers of NMSAat the James A. Little Theater.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. There is a pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3, featuring a performance by the NMSA Jazz Ensemble in the James A. Little Theater lobby before the 7 .m. performance. Performances also will be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
This show will feature dancers of all levels in a variety of material ranging from classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. The Department will present seven pieces, with four of these works having been commissioned by the school and created specifically for these dancers. NMSA is proud to present the work of nationally recognized local and guest choreographers that have worked with everyone from Yuri Kylian, and Mats Ek to Bob Fosse and George Balanchine. This performance will showcase dancers of diverse abilities in this wide variety of dance genres.
Students have been exploring a variety of styles of dance, under the direction of Dance Department Chair Garrett Anderson, as well as with several guest artists. Donna Scheer and Quinn Wharton will be leading the students in innovative, original choreography. Former New York City Ballet dancer and artistic director of Company C Charles Anderson will be staging an original neoclassical work.
Additionally, the dance department has been developing a version of Coppelia, assisted by Guest Artist and former principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet Stephen Legate. NMSA’s Modern Dance Faculty member Coco Loupe has created an original piece for the students, and Department Chair Garrett Anderson is re-staging a dance he choreographed for NMSA students last year, as well as staging a duet by choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, the resident choreographer of the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.