Children, adults invited to learn variety of styles during NMSU dance camp


WRITER: adchavez
CONTACT: Applehelen Kirby, apple3k

Children and teens ages 9 to 18 can learn more about hip-hop, jazz, modern, ballet, classical Spanish and salsa dance styles at the New Mexico State University dance program’s summer dance camp.

The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 23-28, culminating in a final performance at 6 p.m. July 28 at Rentfrow Hall, 3165 Williams Ave. The dance camp will also be held at Rentfrow Hall.

Classes will be taught by NMSU dance program undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. The final performance, “A Hero’s Journey Through Dance,” is a collaborative performance combining the work of camp participants and instructors to tell the story of an ordinary girl who learns to do extraordinary things. Musical themes in the performance will be based on beloved superhero scores. The show will be co-choreographed by Applehelen Kirby, Jermey Edmonson and Gloria Flores.

Dance camp instructors include undergraduate students Sha’uri Brewster and Noelia de la Rosa; and graduate alumni Edmonson, Flores and Cristina Segovia.

Cost of the camp includes classes, rehearsals, costumes and two tickets to the final performance. Early registration is $175 (before July 9. After July 9, registration fee is $200. Additional tickets for the final performance cost $10 general admission and $5 for children 12 and younger.

“The offering of a summer camp by the NMSU dance program was first conceived a decade ago. Since then, the camp has allowed children in our community to experience technical instruction, performance and artistry of the faculty and students who make up the NMSU dance program,” said Kirby, dance camp coordinator and graduate student.

Kirby, who is also teaching classes for the camp, said one of the camp’s goals is to introduce aspiring dance students to the NMSU dance program, which offers three concentrations for undergraduate dance majors: contemporary dance, Spanish dance and DanceSport. Students can also audition to join the NMSU dance companies affiliated with each style of dance.

“The dance program at NMSU also emphasizes the importance of cross-training and requires students to take courses outside of the concentration,” Kirby said. “This allows our dancers to be well-rounded and prepares them for future careers.”

Kirby said the camp also gives NMSU dance students and alumni a chance to teach, choreograph and perform. This year’s camp staff includes instructors with a wide range of dance expertise in varying concentrations.

“The dance camp is an opportunity for growth in the students who attend and also for the staff who are a part of it, giving them the chance to apply all they have learned technically and pedagogically,” Kirby said.

Adults interested in learning more about dance are able to register for advanced dance camp classes during the summer camp dates. Cost is $60 for four classes, or $20 per class.

Online registration is available at https://kind.nmsu.edu/dance-main/summerprog/ .

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