The National Dance Institute New Mexico Dance Barns on Alto Street are empty and will remain so for at least as long as the community is all but shut down and social distancing mandates are in effect as practical measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“At NDI New Mexico, we’re three-quarters of the way through our year and normally would be starting to put the finishing touches on our performance that coincides with the end of the school year,” Russell Baker, NDINM’s executive director, said in a phone interview last week.
But there’s no dancing around it. The annual energetic and uplifting end-of-year galas at the NDINM Dance Barns, and the one they put on each year at the Hiland in Albuquerque, won’t be happening this year. Baker says it’s heartbreaking that the galas won’t happen and 500 kids who normally would have celebrated the culmination of a year’s worth of work in front of families and friends won’t have the chance to do so.
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