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Hi, we are National Dance Institute of New Mexico.
We believe THE ARTS HAVE A UNIQUE POWER to engage and motivate children. We rely on the generosity of our donors to ensure our distinctive programs reach children who need them most regardless of income, language, cultural or physical challenges. We teach that hard work and an uncompromising standard of excellence results in genuine sense of achievement and self-respect that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.
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75% of NDI New Mexico’s budget is used for programs to enhance and sustain the highest quality teaching in our public school and after school programs, to positively impact lives by providing opportunities for more underserved children to participate in our proven programs and to develop competent confident graduates who will be the workforce of tomorrow that New Mexico needs to have a brighter future.
Jesse Martinez was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM and joined the NDI New Mexico family in 1999...
If you live near Santa Fe, or even in the Southwest, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the...
Gabriella Ottersberg Enriquez remembers the precise moment she realized she wanted to be an...
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what people are saying about us
“Recently, I was thrilled to attend an NDI New Mexico performance that showcased talent and excellence in our community. Picture it: lights, costumes, live music, over 400 children in choreographed motion alongside Indigenous performers, Balle Español dancers, members of Santa Fe fire and police departments, plus Santa Fe Public School teachers, parents and alumni. The show was a feast for the senses and a buoy for the heart.
And so this is to express my overwhelming gratitude to everyone involved with NDI New Mexico and to Atalaya Elementary School third grade teachers Kyle Cross and Anastasia Wooldridge for ensuring my daughter, Mia, was among those fortunate performers. Even if you don’t have a child dancer, NDI New Mexico’s profound impact is not to be missed – just ask audience member Shirley MacLaine!”
“NDI New Mexico has been so important to me! Over the past 5 years, I have learned to never give up, work hard, to be healthy, do my best and work as a team. NDI New Mexico gave me a new home and a new family that have been so important. My team has helped me grow into the person that I am, and I will forever be grateful for all the opportunities, my team, my teachers and the rest of the NDI New Mexico family.”
Being a part of NDI New Mexico’s Super Wonderful Advanced Team (SWAT) has been one of the happiest and most important things Bella has ever done. She pretty much lived for Wednesday’s. You gave her positive opportunities, skills, joy and recognition. NDI New Mexico gave her a sense of belonging and worth that are precious and hard to describe. Thank you!
My favorite part of NDI New Mexico, is watching these kids go from shy and quiet students to these balls of energy that just radiate on stage.
I just wanted to say that I can’t even imagine raising my child as well as I did without your guidance, and your love and support. I can’t thank you enough for being there for these kids in the way that you’ve been there for them. Much love to you! I’m so honored to be a part of this program, and I tell everybody I know about it and tell them to get their kids in it.
What would our state be without you? Just seeing NDI New Mexico in the subject line of an email makes me smile. Thank you for bringing movement, safety, positive education/discipline and JOY for all ages to our state.
We decided to buy a star for the kids – the real Stars in all this; and, we decided to leave a lasting legacy in our wills by becoming Silver Sneakers Legacy Society members. We hope others reading this will feel the same and consider supporting NDI New Mexico in this truly special way.