At four, NMDT is growing up fast

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By Special to the Monitor

New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) School and Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will begin its fifth year of professional-level dance instruction Aug. 18.

Registration day for the 2008-2009 year will be held 10 a.m.-2 p. m. Saturday at the NMDT studio located at 149 Central Park Square (between Curves for Women and Hair Experts).

NMDT was founded by Baker-Dillingham in August 2004 at the White Rock Complex.

From those initial 17 students four years ago, participation rates at NMDT have increased by leaps and bounds. Last spring NMDT ended the year with 175 students.

“I believe our growth is due in part to the excellence of the NMDT faculty,” Baker-Dillingham said. “Each of the four permanent instructors, including myself, had lengthy careers in professional dance, and impart to our students the wisdom and technique we learned. Our attitude is positive, warm and professional, and it shows in the students.

“If you don’t begin working with quality instructors as a youngster, it is usually too late to go back and retrain. Dance, like music or serious athletics, is a time-sensitive activity. Proper technique must be instilled at a very early age to insure quality down the road,” Baker-Dillingham said.

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