Each year NMBC champions arts in education for New Mexico school children through school shows at local theaters and onsite Dancing Through the Ages program. Yearly, these efforts have given 8,400 New Mexico school children access to dance arts.

The Dancing Through the Ages program, in its 15th year, will bring NMBC directly into 11 elementary schools within the Albuquerque Public School (APS) and Rio Rancho system and present one-hour programs, giving the students and their teachers the opportunity to learn about the history of dance, watch live performances by professional dancers and participate in dance as an expressive art – all at no charge. Performances are funded by the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust fund and Target and will occur throughout the fall and spring.

The Nutcracker Ballet school shows are key to NMBC achieving its goals of supporting arts education for children as far away as Gallup, Los Alamos and Taos. In particular, these school shows serve Title I schools such as Jemez and Zuni Pueblo by providing free access to professionally staged dance theater productions for students in rural, economically challenged areas. Many of these students would not otherwise be able to attend performances in a venue such as Popejoy.

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