Los Alamos to be exposed to a variety of dances

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By Special to the Monitor

Founders of the Pajarito Dance Project Melissa Balice, Alina Deshpande and Julia Fair are presenting a one-hour dance showcase, a mix of cultural styles and different techniques, “Every! Buddy! Dance!” at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

The $1 donation per person includes admission to the show and a raffle ticket for a chance to win items such as Fair’s original jewelry, a Spanish shawl similar to the ones used in the dance and Los Alamos Chamber Bucks.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance from cast members and at the door.

Balice’s ballet class from UNM-Los Alamos will perform “Anitra’s Dance” from the travels of “Peer Gynt.” They are also performing a short story to the classical guitar music of Julian Bream titled, “Serenata.”

The Family YMCA Hip Hop Kidz have put together two dance routines, one being Bollywood Hip Hop.

The youngest performers in the show are from the Ark Childcare Development Center. Deshpande teaches North Indian Classical Dance at the Family YMCA.

Both her adult and children’s classes will perform Bollywood dance, which has its roots in folk dance, and traditional and contemporary dances in the Kathak style.

Jazz is the American vernacular form of expression.

The Los Alamos Swing Dance Club, under the direction of Barranca’s music teacher Fair, will entertain with the classic “Route 66.”

There are also some other surprises in this variety show such as live music and audience participation.

Los Alamos County Recreation Services is facilitating this “all ages” community event.

For more information, contact Balice at 661-2661.