PAS brings programs to area students

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New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series makes sure the youth of the community don’t lose out when performance art comes to town.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Fourth-grade Socorro students practice for last year’s National Dance Institute performance at the New Mexico Tech Macey Center. The Performing Arts Series brings NDI to Socorro to work with all the fourth-graders and selected other SCS students for a week to put out a professional, energetic production. This year, since schools start later, the NDI experience is being delayed until the end of November and beginning of December. Contact PAS director Ronna Kalish for more information about children’s programs at 835-5688.

Ronna Kalish, PAS director, said she tries to pick shows for specific age groups to participate with.

“Developmentally, the performer needs to know the age group,” she said. “The artist can gear the performance to the right age group.”

One of the series’ biggest contributions to the students of Socorro is the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, which visits the city for three weeks.

This year, the NDI-NM event has been pushed back to November/December rather than August because of the date school starts for Socorro students, Aug. 19.

This year’s performance will be “Eureka.”

NDI-NM works with all the fourth-graders for three weeks. All the students dance every day for an hour.

NDI-NM then chooses several students from each fourth-grade class to be on the Super Wonderful Advanced Team. SWAT students have additional lessons after school.

NDI-NM comes with instructors and live music for the students to work with.

After the three-week period, all the fourth-graders participate in a final performance held at the Macey Center. Actually, three performances will happen that day — Dec. 13 — two during the school day, where all local students will have the opportunity to see the show, and a night performance for parents and community members who want to attend.

All the performances are free to children and $6 for adults.