DANCING 101
Ages 12-18

Register for DANCING 101: June 1 - 26 here

DANCING 101 Summer Intensive is for Intermediate and Advanced dance students. This program will expand young dancers’ knowledge of dance history, dance culture and dance making and will culminate in weeks nine and ten with a presentation of choreography created by students. This program will include guest teachers from around the country!

The Dancing 101 Summer Intensive meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays for Book Club at 1:00 p.m.

  • Tuition is on a Pay What You Can system. Learn more here.
  • Remember: registration is valid for all classes through June 26. After June 26, re-registration will be necessary.
  • After you have registered, use the password provided in your confirmation email to join any class in this program.
  • The NDI New Mexico Student Handbook is available here

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DANCING 101 Classes June 1-26

Choreography FUNdamentals: Jumpstart creativity and movement invention following Stuart Hodes' Map of Making Dances "Projects." Each project is a game exercise that will teach you how movement is made. - Faculty: Corey

Combo of The Week: Each week you will learn a new dance combination. The combinations will be mostly Jazz based so any dancer with any background should be able to participate. After each class you will receive a weblink to a “breakdown video” so you can study and perfect the combination. Then, you will be asked to send back a video of yourself performing the combination as best you can. Dancing 101 faculty will choose among these submissions to highlight the NDI New Mexico Dancer of the Week on social media! - Faculty: Tom

Dance Notation: Many classical ballets are over 100 years old. Ever wonder how professional dancers today are able to repeat the same exact steps the way they were done so long ago? Learn about dance notation! In this class, you will learn the basics of writing down movement. Part of the end of the summer project will include teaching your new choreography to another dancer, and being able to write it down will help a lot! - Faculty Corey and Steven

Costume Design: Every stage performer needs a costume! But costumes don’t just appear out of the air, someone has to design them and build them. In these classes, you will learn the basics of sewing techniques, pattern making, and costume construction. - Faculty Tracey

Video Club: Each week you will be given a shortlist of videos to watch that are available for free online. Watch them with your friends and family, then come together to discuss with other dancers. The videos will broaden your mind to the wonderful wide world of dance, we promise! - Faculty Melissa

Book Club: The dance world is really small and every great dancer and dance maker has to stay up-to-date on what is going on. Each week dancers will receive a shortlist of assigned readings – don’t worry, it won’t take too long – then we will come together and discuss. The readings will give you a sense of some of the most interesting aspects of the world of dance from the recent past. - Faculty Corey and Steven


DANCING 101 Classes June 27 - August 7

Combo of The Week: Each week you will learn a new dance combination. The combinations will be mostly Jazz based so any dancer with any background should be able to participate. After each class you will receive a weblink to a “breakdown video” so you can study and perfect the combination. Then, you will be asked to send back a video of yourself performing the combination as best you can. Dancing 101 faculty will choose among these submissions to highlight the NDI New Mexico Dancer of the Week on social media! - Faculty: Tom

Costume Design: Every stage performer needs a costume! But costumes don’t just appear out of the air, someone has to design them and build them. In these classes, you will learn the basics of sewing techniques, pattern making, and costume construction. - Faculty Tracey

Lighting Design: Did you know that if you shine blue light onto a red shirt that the shirt would appear black? After learning about costume design the next important step in creating a dance for the stage is learning about lighting design. Stage lights add emotion and mystery to dances and they can be used to accentuate amazing choreography. - Faculty Davey

Stage Makeup: Stage makeup is a special kind of art all by itself. Dancers use stage makeup to ensure that audience members all the way in the back row of the theater can still see their eyes and smiles. And of course, stage makeup can be used for special effects too. Sometimes a dancer has to transform into an animal or monster or magical creature on stage, and make-up makes that much easier! - Faculty Emma

Choreographic Devices: There are some simple tools that choreographers use to create great dances, and every great choreographer is a master of them. Learn some of these devices so that you can become a great choreographer too. - Faculty Corey and Rodney

Video Club: Each week you will be given a shortlist of videos to watch that are available for free online. Watch them with your friends and family, then come together to discuss with other dancers. The videos will broaden your mind to the wonderful wide world of dance, we promise! - Faculty Melissa

Book Club: The dance world is really small and every great dancer and dance maker has to stay up-to-date on what is going on. Each week dancers will receive a shortlist of assigned readings – don’t worry, it won’t take too long – then we will come together and discuss. The readings will give you a sense of some of the most interesting aspects of the world of dance from the recent past. - Faculty Corey and Steven