Party Like It’s 1599! Adult Renaissance Dance April 20

Lady with an Ermine, painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Courtesy Grande Exhibitions
ALBUQUERQUE  Dress as a Renaissance character, learn crafts and dances from the period, and party the night away! Tickets are now on sale for the Reliving the Renaissance, a themed-costume adult dance party in conjunction with the Da Vinci — The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).
All exhibits will be open including Da Vinci — The Genius.
For this special Renaissance evening, the NMMNHS has joined forces with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Reliving the Renaissance happens 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Museum.
This is a 21+ event featuring a cash bar, early music performance by Música Antigua de Albuquerque, followed by a DJ playing dance tunes. Patrons can participate in a dance lesson at 6 p.m. from The Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory beginning. The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and dance performances until around 8 p.m. when the DJ begins. Tickets ($27 adults, $22 seniors, $17 students) can be purchased online at
A featured event of Discovering Abundance: NM Phil’s Music & Arts Festival 2018, music will be provided by Música Antigua de Albuquerque. Música Antigua de Albuquerque has been performing medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music since 1978, appearing throughout the state of New Mexico, as well as in Houston and Milwaukee.
Time-travel to visit the Italian Renaissance through the arts and sciences of the era that the Barony of al-Barran (Greater Albuquerque area) will bring to the event. The displays will include period clothing, scribal arts, astronomical instruments, archery, and weapons of the era. The group is a part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a worldwide  educational organization.
Katie Marshall, the artistic director of The Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (MPAC), along with her partner Joe Nava, a company dancer with Festival Ballet Albuqeurque, will demonstrate and teach dances from the Renaissance period. MPAC teaches Classical Ballet & Point along with Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary styles of dance.
Sound will be provided by Kirk Brown with Oasis Sound. The musical entertainment transitions about 8 p.m. to DJ Andres Sedillo. A cash bar will be provided by Left Turn Distilling.
On exhibition through July 29, 2018, Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works, and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous painting, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank, and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.