The dance community in Albuquerque is a small world with a big impact upon the lives of audiences, volunteers and students alike. With the dramatic end to 2013 and the fire at The National Institute of Flamenco, we were reminded that working to preserve our arts education programs is more important than ever. Whether you are looking to be more involved in keeping this important part of arts education alive or for a tax deductible organization to support, take a moment to view some wonderful organizations in Albuquerque that could use your patronage.
The National Institute of Flamenco had a trying month of December when its home of 15 years succumbed to fire. The Institute hosts the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts which is the only flamenco preparatory school in the country and a much beloved fixture of the Albuquerque dance community. It is also run by a resilient group of professionals who are keeping classes in session at other various locations while they work to rebuild. Your donations to the Institute would certainly help to expedite the process and give the organization encouragement to keep shaping lives young and old for the better. If you prefer, they are also asking for people to write letters to public officials to solicit support.
Dancing Classrooms New Mexico is a fairly new organization to the Duke City but no less important. DCNM provides a ballroom dance curriculum for grades 5 - 8 to aid social development and arts enrichment. Currently DCNM is in five schools and going strong. In addition to accepting donations, the Dancing Classrooms New Mexico organization also has opportunities to become a Teaching Artist in the schools or to bring the program to your own school.
National Dance Institute of New Mexico is another wonderful organization bringing dance education to the public school system. NDI has deep roots in the history of dance in America as it was founded by former NYCB principal dancer Jaques D'Amboise who danced under George Balanchine. There are many ways to support NDINM including donations and volunteering.
Other ways to support the arts in Albuquerque through donations and volunteering are through Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, New Mexico Ballet Company, and Keshet Dance Company. Whether you support one of the above causes or another studio or company in Albuquerque, let's help keep dance and arts education alive for future generations.