Socorro students in show Friday

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Fourth graders from Socorro and surrounding areas put their excess energy to good use Friday in “Reach Out! The Sweet Sounds of Motown.”

This has been the 17th year of the National Dance Institute Residency in Socorro. All fourth graders as well as some students in other grades in the Socorro Consolidated Schools District and Cottonwood Valley Charter School 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.

Some of the students also were selected from their classes to participate on the Super Wonderful Advanced Team (SWAT) or the Celebration Team for older grades, and rehearse for an extra two hours every day.

Performance at the Macey Center Friday were exciting and full of energy.

The program came complete with a live professional band, lights, sets and great costumes.

Administered through the Socorro Consolidated School District, the program had the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series serving as 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 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 the spring) are two of NDI’s longest-running residency programs.