Socorro 4th graders in show Friday

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Fourth graders from Socorro and surrounding areas are putting their excess energy to good use Friday in “Reach Out! The Sweet Sounds of Motown.”
This is the 17th year of the National Dance Institute Residency in Socorro. All 4th graders in the Socorro Consolidated Schools have participated in a dance class every day with a professional dancer and musician, for the past three weeks, learning dance, theatre, music, choreography and stage directions.
Students have also been selected from their classes to participate on the Super Wonderful Advanced Team (SWAT) and move up to the Celebration Team in grades 6-9, and rehearse for an extra two hours every day.
Youth performances for grades K-6 at Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech Campus (One Olive Lane) at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  An evening public performance will be at 7 p.m.
Helping the students the program comes complete with a live professional band, lights, sets and great costumes.
Tickets are $6 for adults, free for youth 17 and under.  Adults can attend the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances for the same price, $6, but have to wait to be seated until the school kids are seated with their class.
The program is administered through the Socorro Consolidated School District with the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series serving as the local producer.
NDI was started by Jacques D’Amboise, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet to give inner city youth an opportunity to dance, with the belief that all youth can be excellent. He started programs in Santa Fe and Silver City, NM, about 20 years ago.
NDI teaches students excellence, discipline, teamwork, self-esteem, and state educational benchmarks in arts and physical education. NDI serves thousands of youth in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico via their constantly expanding residency programs. Socorro and Magdalena (in Spring) are two of NDI’s longest-running residency programs.

Fourth graders with Socorro Consolidated Schools rehearse for Friday's production of "Reach Out! The Sweet Sounds of Motown," Thursday.