National Dance Institute of New Mexico
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The National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM) was founded in 1990 by Catherine Oppenheimer after NDI's first founder Jacques d'Amboise visited New Mexico. The people at NDI-NM produce a huge 500 kid show in Santa Fe every year the first week in May and the last week of April. Some of NDI's shows are... 100 years of American Music and Dance, Route 66 Legends of the Road, Got Jazz, READ! a Celebration of Reading, and What's the BIG idea?. Since 2003 NDI has had two advanced teams: the S.W.A.T. (Super Wonderful Advanced Team) and the Celebration Team. In that year NDI formed the Xcel team. In 2008 the NDI folks introduce the Junior XCel and XCel apprentice teams.
Since 2003 NDI has been housed in a large building with two large studios that can become a theater and four smaller studios, and because of the size NDI decided to host Broadway Theater Dance Workshop, a two-week musical theater intensive for ages 14–20. BTDW had faculty with Broadway performance and choreography experience, and guests such as Ann Reinking, Tommy Tune, and Patricia Birch. Sadly, BTDW is no longer running but it was a wonderful program during its short existence.
In 2004 NDI formed S.P.A. or the School for the Performing Arts. Since then a lot of kids have joined NDI's pre-professional teams. In 2006 the people of S.P.A produced their first musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in 2007 S.P.A. produced their second musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The 2008 musical was Bye Bye Birdie. In both 2007 and 2008 S.P.A. performed a balletic version of An American in Paris. For 2009, Artistic Director Tim Santos decided not to do a musical. Instead, they performed a huge Radio City Music Hall style Christmas Spectacular titled Home For The Holidays.
NDI-NM is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 1140 Alto Street, near downtown Santa Fe.
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