NDI New Mexico Partners with APS and NMPBS to Keep Students Active

This story was published by on April 27, 2020

NDI New Mexico Partners with APS and NMPBS to Keep Students Active

Santa Fe, NM — April 7, 2020 – With COVID-19 keeping students at home, NDI New Mexico has partnered with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and New Mexico PBS (NMPBS) to get students moving at home. NDI New Mexico instructors will be leading children in “off the couch” dance activities between academic study lessons on NMPBS.

Each dance segment will run two to four minutes in the breaks following APS @HOME broadcast classroom programming on NMPBS Ch. 5.1 – weekdays from 8a-Noon through the end of the school year. They will feature fun activities from NDI New Mexico’s public-school outreach programs. NDI New Mexico programming and instructors will include:

  • Allie Sanchez leading the Mirror Game
  • Shane Montoya leading a Hip Hop step-touch sequence
  • Jessie DuBois leading a Call and Response warm-up
  • Tom Porras leading a Sports themed dance

“We believe that children should keep active during this time,” said Russell Baker, NDI New Mexico Executive Director.  “Our energetic and encouraging teachers model the Core Four: work hard, do your best, never give up, and be healthy in a joyful way.  We hope that the NDI New Mexico dance segments provide ‘brain breaks’ that help children positively expend their natural energy so that they can focus on their academics and enjoy the school day at home.”

For additional NDI New Mexico programming please visit and subscribe to the NDI New Mexico YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/user/NDINewMexico.

“We know our students miss their NDI New Mexico instructors, just as our instructors miss their students,” added Baker. “We’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with APS and NMPBS to still bring this interactive content to our students and to still be able to positively impact their school day at home. Whether students have worked with NDI New Mexico before or are just now hearing of us because of this partnership, we encourage all to get up, get active and stay healthy.”


CONTACT:  Cynthia Delgado 505-557-6047 cdelgado@ndi-nm.org

Joanie Griffin 505-261-4444  jgriffin@sunny505.com

Evy Todd 505-265-3025 etodd@nmpbs.org

About NDI New Mexico

NDI New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. NDI New Mexico’s programs teach the Core Four values, encouraging children to do their best, never give up, work hard and be healthy. For more information visit www.ndi-nm.org.

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