Pre-Professional Division

Winter trimester runs from January 11th through Arpil 4th. In consideration for the safety of our dancers, in-person classes are limited. 

For the advanced dancer, we offer pre-professional training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. This year, our Dance Barns and Hiland Junior Company, Apprentice Company, and Company XCel will join together as the “NDI New Mexico Company” and will participate in dance-on-film projects  to create hybrid online/in-person virtual performances.

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.

The Complete Dancer Series offers dance history, anatomy, kinesiology and choreography fundamentals to round out a dancer's training.

The Master Series offers dancers an opportunity to take classes with world-renowned guest teachers in all disciplines.

The Midday Dance Break is a mixed-level series designed to get you moving, shake up your day, and introduce you to something new. Every weekday at noon for just 30 minutes.

If you have already downloaded the Zoom app and are registered for classes, simply click the link below to join, and enter the password provided in your confirmation email. If you have trouble logging into a class we will be happy to assist as best we can.

Please call Wendy or Elizabeth at 505-340-0200 for assistance.

Class Schedule

All classes are 60 minutes

Classes will not be held on the following days:

Monday, January 18 • Monday, February 15 • Friday, April 2

In-person classes are offered by invitation only and are not available for online participation at this time.

Monday

12:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Advanced Ballet

Rodney

5:30 p.m.

In-Person

Modern

Corey

6:30 p.m.

In-Person

Modern

Melissa

6:30 p.m.

Complete Dancer

Corey

Tuesday

12:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

In-Person

Jazz

Tom

5:30 p.m.

In-Person

Modern

Melissa

6:00 p.m.

Advanced Ballet

Steven

Wednesday

12:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

In-Person

Ballet

Allegra

5:00 p.m.

Advanced Modern

Corey

6:30 p.m.

In-Person

Jazz

Tom

Thursday

12:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

In-Person

Ballet

Rodney

4:30 p.m.

Advanced
Hip Hop

Shane

5:30 p.m.

Advanced Jazz

Donna

6:00 p.m.

In-Person

Ballet

Vladimir

Friday

12:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

In-Person

Ballet

Steven

6:00 p.m.

In-Person

Hip Hop

Victoria

6:30 p.m.

Advanced Tap

Wendy

Saturday

9:00 a.m.

Stretch

Melissa

10:00 a.m.

Master Series

Guest Teacher

12:00 p.m.

Complete Dancer

Corey

Advanced Training Principal Faculty


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.


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.


Rodney Rivera

International dance personality trained in San Juan Puerto Rico and continued his training at Pro Danza Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of Laura Alonso. He represented P.R. in the Fifth International Ballet Competition at Jackson, Mississippi, he became the first Puerto Rican male dancer to participate in this international event. Leading roles in world premieres were created for Rodney by Fernando Bujones, Vladimir Issaev, Zachary Solov, Michael Uthoff, Alberto Méndez, Nicholas Beriosoff, Christian Holder, among others. As a dance educator, some of his students have gone on to dance with American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet of P.R., Dance Theater of Harlem, Connecticut Ballet, and Martha Graham Dance Co. As a choreographer, his work has been presented successfully in International festivals such as the Miami International Ballet Festival, Festival de Ballet de la Habana Cuba, Aquin Festival, 2005), Latitudes Dance Fest NYC (2018), World Ballet Competition (2013-19), Green Street Studios, MA. (2017), among others. Also, he has created works for movies and opera.

In 2010 The Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico recognized him as the best choreographer of the year for his enormous contribution to dance in PR. Arts. Since 2013, the World Ballet Competition (WBC), has extended him an invitation to become the Resident Choreographer, Guest Teacher, and part of the jury of the renowned competition. Rivera has been a resident choreographer at Island Moving Company (IMC). The Puerto Rico Department of State granted him the Proclamation of the Governor for his contribution to art, culture and his enormous contribution to dance. In November 2019, NDI New Mexico appointed him Artistic Director of The Dance Barns.