Taos dances its way into fall

August 27th  was Taos Academy of Dance Arts’ Registration Day, an all-day festival to introduce its line up of new dance classes for the Fall season. TADA classes start September 6th, right after Labor Day, and include a children’s creative dance class for 3–5 year olds called “Fairies, Heroes, and Frogs, Oh My!”

TADA also offers beginning and advanced Hip Hop, Ballet and Contemporary modern dance technique, improvisation and choreography. “Beginners are especially encouraged to come and try out the free classes,” said Adair Landborn, who has moved here permanently to teach at the Taos Academy of Dance Arts. “This is a great opportunity for people interested in getting more joyful energy into their lives to come take some free classes and meet TADA’s instructors,” said Landborn.

She is one of them and feels extremely happy to be back in her home state ofNew Mexico. “I began studying modern dance at age nine with Elizabeth Waters at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and toured with her children’s dance group, which presented dance lecture demonstrations at schools in small towns in northern New Mexico, like Truchas, Trampas,Dixon, Hernandez, Polvadera, Alcalde, and Chimayo,” she said. “Since 1994, I have returned to Taos many times to teach flamenco dance workshops. Now, I will also be teaching other classes, like contemporary modern dance, improvisational dance, motional healing, creative dance for children, and a multigenerational dance fun night for families and people of all ages.”

Landborn will also be teaching a flamenco modern dance fusion class this fall at theTaosHigh School, and offer for-credit dance classes through UNM inTaosstarting in January. “I’m committed to the idea that dance is a birthright of all people. Regardless of age or ability, everyone should have opportunities to explore movement and find personal enjoyment through dance,” she said.

She received most her flamenco training in Spain and is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, with two master’s degrees in dance, and an interdisciplinary doctorate in the anthropology of a dance and somatic studies. “I’ve had many national and international teaching and performing opportunities, and I’m so happy at this stage in my career to be bringing my talents, abilities and knowledge of dance and human movement back to share with the people of New Mexico,” she said. “Here inTaosI will be working at TADA with my friend and co-director Cee Bearden to offer classes in a broad spectrum of dance styles for students from three years old to older adults. I will teach beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of flamenco dance, and a flamenco singing class for those interested in learning flamenco rhythms and culture by singing in community with others.” They will start by learning Spanish Villancicos (Christmas carols) for their upcoming holiday performance. The TADA Holiday Dance Fiesta will be a benefit to raise scholarship funds to support the continuation of the Taos High School dance classes.

More information about the Fall Line-up of new classes is posted on the TADA website at: www.dancetaos.com or people can call TADA at 575-758-7303.

Visit the Landborn Living Arts website at www.landborn.com to browse the online gallery shop

TaosAcademyof Dance Arts
2 Upper Las Colonias Rd.
El Prado, NM 87529

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CJ Bernal

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About dovalpage

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana and now lives in Taos, New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in Spanish literature and teaches at UNM Taos. She also freelances for Taos News, Profile, Hispanic Executive and other publications. A bilingual author, she has published eight novels, six in Spanish and two in English, two collections of short stories in Spanish and one in English. Her English-language novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010). Her collection of short stories The Astral Plane, Stories of Cuba, the Southwest and Beyond was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2012. In her native Spanish she has authored the novels Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Posesas de La Habana (Haunted Ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), La Regenta en La Habana (Edebe Group, Spain, 2012,) Orfeo en el Caribe(Atmósfera Literaria, Spain, 2013) and El retorno de la expatriada (The expat’s return, Egales, Spain, 2014). Her short novel Las Muertas de la West Mesa (The West Mesa Murders, based on a real event) is currently being published in serialized format by Taos News.
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