New Mexico School for the Arts – Dance Department presents WINTER DANCES 2016: An Evening of Mixed Repertoire

(December 17, 2015) Santa Fe, NM – The Dance Department of New Mexico School for the Arts will offer its annual presentation of mixed repertoire, Winter Dances 2016, at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road, New Mexico School for the Deaf, in Santa Fe. Four performances will take place: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00PM; Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM; and Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2:00PM. Adult Tickets are $10.00, while student and senior tickets are $5.00. For information on purchasing tickets, please visit: www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org/tickets.

Winter Dances 2016 will offer an impressive variety of dance performance ranging from classical ballet, to cutting-edge contemporary, to jazz dance, representing the work of talented local and international choreographers. Particularly noteworthy are three works:

  • The Other Side, contemporary ballet choreography by NMSA Dance Department Chair, Adam McKinney, funded by a National Artist Teacher Fellowship and part of DNAWORKS’ “The Borders Project”, artwork focused on border and immigration issues
  • NLN (“Nothing Like Now”), modern dance choreography by University of New Mexico Dance Department Chair, Vladimir Conde Reche
  • Mourner’s Bench, a modern dance solo choreographed in 1947 by the legendaryTalley Beatty; Mourner’s Bench is a section from his full-length work, Southern Landscape, which describes the influence of the Ku Klux Klan on a mixed-race community in the rural South after the Civil War. This presentation will be the first performance of Mourner’s Bench in New Mexico, as well as the first by a high school student dancer.

The eight works presented in Winter Dances 2016 will stimulate and challenge, and showcase the talents of some of New Mexico’s most promising young dancers.


NMSA is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year! The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. Visit our website www.nmschoolforthearts.org for more information.

NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA High School. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts and rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma. NMSA is located in the former St. Francis Cathedral School, 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. For more information, visit: www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.