Spring Into Motion, the annual performance of The Dance Barns Company XCel dancers, will present an original adaptation of the classic novella, The Little Prince April 8 and April 10
Tickets on saleMarch 28at www.ndi-nm.org/tickets
SANTA FE, N.M. (March 16, 2022) – National Dance Institute (NDI) of New Mexico today announced the return of its popular annual live performance, Spring Into Motion, at The Dance Barns in Santa Fe.
This year, Spring Into Motion translates The Little Prince, the classic novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, into an evening of dance that explores the story’s emotional and moral lessons and their relevance for young people coming of age. The production features more than three dozen dancers, and weaves together narration from the story with choreography highlighting the moral tales of each character, adapted to connect with our times.
“I am excited to share the appreciation and passion I have for dance. I’m also looking forward to conveying powerful stories and messages to an audience that is just as captivated by this art form as I am.I know the immense effort of the dancers and teachers will be conveyed to the audience, and I hope that it will spark conversations throughout the community.”
– Crickett Tiger, Santa Fe resident who will perform the role of Native American Geographer
The performance is choreographed by Dance Barns Artistic Director Rodney Rivera, with music by NDI New Mexico Associate Music Director Brian Bennett and other popular composers. The Little Prince will be performed Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. at The Dance Barns. Spring into Motion has been generously underwritten by the Thomas R. Nickoloff Family Foundation.
“Everyone at NDI New Mexico is thrilled that our students are once again able to perform onstage, with live music and before an enthusiastic audience,” said Liz Salganek, NDI New Mexico Artistic Director. “Our students have rehearsed with renewed dedication in anticipation of being able to express their talent in front of their families, friends, and community members after a two-year hiatus.”
NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker added, “That our students are able to present this unique andsophisticated performance is reflective of NDI New Mexico’s focus on helping young people gain confidence through hard work, resilience and doing their best for themselves and their families. We think the Santa Fe community will be thrilled by the sheer creativity of this performance, as well as the emotional breadth and technical skill exhibited by our students.”
Tickets for Spring into Motion performances are available at www.ndi-nm.org/tickets. Seating is limited. Audience will be asked to provide proofof full vaccination or provide negative COVID test results to attend the performances.
NDI New Mexico’s annual Spring into Motion performance provides the organization’s advanced students with opportunities to participate in high-level, curated productions, which appropriately challenge them to expand their technical artistry and performance capabilities. These experiences often lead students to develop a passion for performing and interest in participating in more NDI New Mexico classes, as well as summer programs around the country and performing arts high school experiences.
NDI New Mexico was founded in 1994 with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of its 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. For more information call 505-557-6047 or visit www.ndi-nm.org. Follow NDI New Mexico on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.