Dancing into the spring season

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By Special to the Monitor

Students of Dance Arts Los Alamos will present their annual Spring Recital at 7 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium. The show will include ballet, modern dance, tap, hip-hop, musical theater and Scottish Highland, and will showcase the choreography of seven DALA instructors. Admission is free.

Ballet offerings will range from the playful “Hide and Seek” danced by Ballet 1 students to excerpts from classical works such as “Giselle” and “Don Quixote.” Advanced ballet students will perform the original choreography of DALA instructor Christin Severini, formerly of American Ballet Theatre.

Tap students of all ages and levels will perform the choreography of Alyson Niemeyer, Patrick MacDonald and Valerie Silks. Instructors Niemeyer and MacDonald will also perform a duet to “Runaround Sue.”  

Accompanied by Paul Langan on bagpipes, the students of Marion Langen will present two traditional Scottish Highland dances.

Students of Niemeyer will also perform two hip-hop dances. MacDonald’s musical theater class will present “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.”

Anita Gandy’s modern dance students will offer a wide variety of dances including an energetic “Walk in the Park” and the rhythm driven “Girls in the Hood.” Intermediate and advanced modern students will display Erica Gionfriddo’s choreographic creativity.

DALA will recognize four LAHS graduating seniors: Elizabeth Corpion, Amanda Pabian, Shelby Stringer and Caroline Wurden, all of whom have trained and performed with DALA since elementary school.

There will be a silent auction for the studio’s Baldwin Hamilton upright piano. Bids start at $250 and the winner of the auction will be announced at the show. Anyone in the community is welcome to bid on the piano. It is located at the White Rock studio and can be inspected by appointment.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting dance in northern New Mexico by providing safe, professional instruction and quality performances. Studios are located at 111 Longview Drive in White Rock and at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos. For more information, visit www.                                    danceartslosalamos.org.