Dance performances

Local dance groups marching for collaborative dance performances November 11-13

By Mike Cook

Five Las Cruces dance groups will come together for three performances of a collaborative dance.

“Dance for All / All for Dance” will feature dancers from Lifted Dance Collective, Las Cruces High School Performing Dance, New Mexico State University DanceSport Company, NMSU Dancers Unlimited and Verdi Dance Academy of Las Cruces.

Performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday to Friday, November 11 and 12, and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, with a reception immediately following the performance on November 13.

Performances will take place at the LCHS Performing Arts Laboratory, 1755 El Paseo Road, at the corner of El Paseo and Boutz Road.

Tickets are $ 5 for students and $ 10 for adults and will be available at the door at each performance.

NMSU Professor Emeritus Debra Knapp, Director of Lifted Dance Collective, and Lisette Martinez, Director of Dance at LCHS, are co-directors of the collaboration, which will include a variety of dance styles, themes, music and dance. ages.

“Creating a community dance event brings together those who love to dance and perform,” Knapp said. “When professional, pre-professional and young dancers share the stage, we see a progression of artistic development. The community of Las Cruces has seen many of the members of the Lifted Dance Collective perform since they were in elementary school during the summer concerts of the NMSU dance program. Seeing dancers mature and become artists in motion is such a delight. “

“Collaborative performances are an incredible learning experience for dancers,” said Martinez. “They are surrounded by those who share the same passion, so it no longer feels like work! learn and, at the same time, create memories during their performance experience that they will take with them forever. “