Pre-Professional Division

The Hiland Theater in Albuquerque 

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4800 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

WBarker@ndi-nm.org
505.340.0200

Mon. - Fri. 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Registration for pre-professional dancers must be completed in-person or by phone.

Classes run Monday, August 16th 2021 through Saturday, May 14th 2022

The Pre-Professional Division is by placement only.

Contact the Hiland Artistic Director for more information:

Stevenm@ndi-nm.org


NDI New Mexico company dancers are the elite dancers of NDI New Mexico. They are models of the NDI New Mexico Core Four and serve as ambassadors for NDI New Mexico in their communities. Company dancers are often engaged for performances and special events. In addition to their regularly scheduled classes, company dancers have weekly rehearsals, and work with nationally and internationally recognized guest choreographers.

In the Fall of 2020 NDI New Mexico company dancers created Vastness, A Socially Distanced Dance Film for a Global Pandemic.


Hiland Company

The Hiland company dancers have a foundation in ballet training and they rehearse 3 days per week. Many company dancers choose to demonstrate for lower level classes as well.

Class Schedule


Hiland Company

Ballet III + Pointe* | Rehearsals*

2-hour class † Tuesday  4:30 p.m.
90-minute rehearsal Tuesday  6:30 p.m.
2-hour class † Thursday  4:30 p.m.
90-minute rehearsal Thursday  6:30 p.m.
2-hour class † Saturday  10:00 a.m.
90-minute rehearsal Saturday  12:00 p.m.

Elective Classes

Modern III † Friday  4:30 p.m.
Jazz III Friday  5:30 p.m.
Hip Hop III Friday  6:30 p.m.
Tap III Monday  4:30 p.m.
Complete Dancer Saturday  1:30 p.m.
 

*Ballet III + Pointe and Rehearsals are Required

+ Indicates almost filled, Call Us!

† Indicates class is filled

Holiday Schedule: Sept. 6 | Oct. 11 | Nov. 11 | Nov. 24-27 | Dec. 20 - Jan. 3 | Jan. 17 | Feb. 21 | Mar. 21-25 | Apr. 15-17


Pre-Professional Division Faculty

Steven Melendez

Steven was born in New York City and started his ballet training as part of the LIFT Program at Ballet School New York at the age of seven. In 2001 he joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice and in 2006 was promoted to Principal. Later, he joined Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2007 joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia. Steven received a Diploma from the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee. In addition to his work as a dancer, Steven sits on the School of American Ballet alumni advisory committee on diversity and inclusion and served as the Director of New York Theatre Ballet’s LIFT Program providing scholarships and mentorship for talented at-risk and underserved children at the School of NYTB. Steven teaches nationally and internationally and has held an annual summer intensive near Nagoya, Japan for the past nine years.

Corey Nagel

Corey has her B.S. in Dance from Illinois State University and has been on the dance faculties for ISU, Loyola University Chicago, Harper College, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Chicago.  Ms. Nagel had the opportunity to study with Gus Giordano, Lea Darwin, Patty Obey, Pirkoff Lawlor, Birute Barodicaite, Nana Shineflug, Rosemary Doolas, and Joel Hall while growing up around the Chicago area.
She is a co-founder of both the Chicago Dance for Life/Next Generation and McLean County Dance Association and has developed the children’s program for two prominent Chicago studios. Ms. Nagel has worked with dancers from all over the states, been guest choreographer for multiple high schools, and has served as an adjudicator for dance festivals, dance companies, and dance scholarships.  She is passionate about her art, thrives on building strong dancers, and loves sharing her knowledge of dance.

Tom Porras

Tom started studying and performing early, competing on “Star Search,” and featured in many commercial industrials for corporations such as Mazda, General Motors, Aveda, The Boy Scouts of America, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Diesel, and Avon. He trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Marsh School of Classical Ballet and worked with Cirque du Soleil Choreographer Debra Brown’s dance company Apogee, studying with trampolinists, acrobats, and contortionists. His performance credits include Radio City, the CMA’s with Shania Twain, and The Dance Hall of Fame Los Angeles honoring Rob Marshall and Chita Rivera. He was a featured performer and dance captain for the New York City, Los Angeles, and European productions of Michael Jackson’s Sisterella. He also co-conceived and was assistant director for Universal Studio’s Grand Opening of Islands of Adventure featured on CNN and was hosted by Steven Spielberg and included Grammy Award Winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, the coordination of 300 dancers, 40-foot inflatables and Spider-Man repelling from a helicopter over thousands of spectators. Other choreography credits include Michael Bolton’s world tour playing theaters and arenas worldwide. He was awarded a Theatre Critics Award for best choreography of a new musical by the L.A. Times for his work at PCPA Theatrefest in the new musical The Wildest!!! Hip, Cool, and Swinging which he co-authored and was published by New York publishing house Samuel French, Inc. His love of teaching has continued through training and working with The National Dance Institute in NewYork City, NDI New Mexico, The Chicago Dance Institute, and the Joffrey Ballet.
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Contact Us

4800 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

WBarker@ndi-nm.org
505.340.0200

Mon. - Fri. 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Registration for pre-professional dancers must be completed in-person or by phone.

Classes run Monday, August 16th 2021 through Saturday, May 14th 2022

The Pre-Professional Division is by placement only.

Contact the Hiland Artistic Director for more information:

Stevenm@ndi-nm.org


NDI New Mexico company dancers are the elite dancers of NDI New Mexico. They are models of the NDI New Mexico Core Four and serve as ambassadors for NDI New Mexico in their communities. Company dancers are often engaged for performances and special events. In addition to their regularly scheduled classes, company dancers have weekly rehearsals, and work with nationally and internationally recognized guest choreographers.

In the Fall of 2020 NDI New Mexico company dancers created Vastness, A Socially Distanced Dance Film for a Global Pandemic.


Hiland Company

The Hiland company dancers have a foundation in ballet training and they rehearse 3 days per week. Many company dancers choose to demonstrate for lower level classes as well.

Class Schedule

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Hiland Company

Ballet III + Pointe* | Rehearsals*

2-hour class † Tuesday  4:30 p.m.
90-minute rehearsal Tuesday  6:30 p.m.
2-hour class † Thursday  4:30 p.m.
90-minute rehearsal Thursday  6:30 p.m.
2-hour class † Saturday  10:00 a.m.
90-minute rehearsal Saturday  12:00 p.m.

Elective Classes

Modern III † Friday  4:30 p.m.
Jazz III Friday  5:30 p.m.
Hip Hop III Friday  6:30 p.m.
Tap III Monday  4:30 p.m.
Complete Dancer Saturday  1:30 p.m.
 

*Ballet III + Pointe and Rehearsals are Required

+ Indicates almost filled, Call Us!

† Indicates class is filled

Holiday Schedule: Sept. 6 | Oct. 11 | Nov. 11 | Nov. 24-27 | Dec. 20 - Jan. 3 | Jan. 17 | Feb. 21 | Mar. 21-25 | Apr. 15-17


Pre-Professional Division Faculty

Steven Melendez

Steven was born in New York City and started his ballet training as part of the LIFT Program at Ballet School New York at the age of seven. In 2001 he joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice and in 2006 was promoted to Principal. Later, he joined Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2007 joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia. Steven received a Diploma from the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee. In addition to his work as a dancer, Steven sits on the School of American Ballet alumni advisory committee on diversity and inclusion and served as the Director of New York Theatre Ballet’s LIFT Program providing scholarships and mentorship for talented at-risk and underserved children at the School of NYTB. Steven teaches nationally and internationally and has held an annual summer intensive near Nagoya, Japan for the past nine years.

Corey Nagel

Corey has her B.S. in Dance from Illinois State University and has been on the dance faculties for ISU, Loyola University Chicago, Harper College, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Chicago.  Ms. Nagel had the opportunity to study with Gus Giordano, Lea Darwin, Patty Obey, Pirkoff Lawlor, Birute Barodicaite, Nana Shineflug, Rosemary Doolas, and Joel Hall while growing up around the Chicago area.
She is a co-founder of both the Chicago Dance for Life/Next Generation and McLean County Dance Association and has developed the children’s program for two prominent Chicago studios. Ms. Nagel has worked with dancers from all over the states, been guest choreographer for multiple high schools, and has served as an adjudicator for dance festivals, dance companies, and dance scholarships.  She is passionate about her art, thrives on building strong dancers, and loves sharing her knowledge of dance.

Tom Porras

Tom started studying and performing early, competing on “Star Search,” and featured in many commercial industrials for corporations such as Mazda, General Motors, Aveda, The Boy Scouts of America, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Diesel, and Avon. He trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Marsh School of Classical Ballet and worked with Cirque du Soleil Choreographer Debra Brown’s dance company Apogee, studying with trampolinists, acrobats, and contortionists. His performance credits include Radio City, the CMA’s with Shania Twain, and The Dance Hall of Fame Los Angeles honoring Rob Marshall and Chita Rivera. He was a featured performer and dance captain for the New York City, Los Angeles, and European productions of Michael Jackson’s Sisterella. He also co-conceived and was assistant director for Universal Studio’s Grand Opening of Islands of Adventure featured on CNN and was hosted by Steven Spielberg and included Grammy Award Winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, the coordination of 300 dancers, 40-foot inflatables and Spider-Man repelling from a helicopter over thousands of spectators. Other choreography credits include Michael Bolton’s world tour playing theaters and arenas worldwide. He was awarded a Theatre Critics Award for best choreography of a new musical by the L.A. Times for his work at PCPA Theatrefest in the new musical The Wildest!!! Hip, Cool, and Swinging which he co-authored and was published by New York publishing house Samuel French, Inc. His love of teaching has continued through training and working with The National Dance Institute in NewYork City, NDI New Mexico, The Chicago Dance Institute, and the Joffrey Ballet.