Forward Motion

Bridging the divide by showcasing classical and contemporary works, embark on a celebration of dance with the professionals of the New Mexico Ballet Company. This stunning performance will not only showcase the strengths of our company and also highlights the talent within our community. With performances by current and former NMBC students as well as world premiers of works by Peter Pucci and Vladimir Conde Reche, this will be a show you will not forget!

 

Rodey Hall

Friday, May 6 at 7pm

Saturday, May 7 at 7pm

 

About Our Choreographers

Vladimir Conde Reche, Show Director and Choreographer

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vladimir received his BFA from The Julliard School and MFA in choreography from the University of Iowa; danced with Cisne Negro Dance Company, Ballet Stagiun, and was a guest artist for other companies. Vladimir has been performing, choreographing and teaching all over the globe. Amongst the countries he had worked in are Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, England, Germany, Italy, Mongolia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, the United States and Uruguay.
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As a choreographer Vladimir frequently collaborates with composers, costume, set and lighting designers; he choreographs for students and professionals in the contemporary, ballet and theatrical idioms (plays and musicals), some of his most recent creations are in  dance films. Vladimir chooses to comment on current issues engaging collaborators, performers and audience members using traditional and/or contemporary language.
Vladimir has been an influential dance master and choreographer in Albuquerque, frequently and consistently teaching and choreographing for local studios and institutions such as the New Mexico Ballet Company and School, Ballet Repertoire Theatre, Dance Theatre Southwest, Keshet, Magnify and the National Dance Institute (Highland), amongst others. Vladimir has been a faculty for the Dance program at the University of New Mexico since 2008, also serving as Department Chair and Head of the Dance Program.

 

Peter Pucci, Guest Choreographer

Peter Pucci is a Lucille Lortel Award winner and Drama Desk Nominate for Outstanding choreography for Queens Boulevard (the musical). Peter also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans' Home Cycle. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance. Peter was a principal dancer and rehearsal director with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for nine years. While with Pilobolus, Peter toured and taught worldwide, made several film and television appearances, performed on Broadway, collaborated on many Pilobolus pieces, before forming his own company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. Pucci Plus performed in New York City on Broadway and five seasons at The Joyce Theater.
Peter has choreographed over 150 dances, including commissioned works for The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hispanico, Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Alberta Ballet and the Big Apple Circus. He has also served as movement director on numerous theatrical productions.
Recent commissions include a new commission for the University of Richmond’s Theatre & Dance department’s University Dancers, Fete du Ballet for the Texas Christian University’s School of Classical & Contemporary Dance, a NEA funded production of Migration, a group work for 50 dancers produced by the Community College of Baltimore County, Dream On By for the State Street Ballet in California and the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble in New York City.
Peter has also directed two dance films, Swag n’ Bach: A Path To Choreography and In the Garden that premiered at the Jacob Burns Film Center. His third dance film Exuviae will premiere in the fall of 2022. Peter is a Trustee Host for the Dance on Film Series at Jacob Burns and has curated many short dance films programs for the Dance on Film Series. He was an Artist in Residence at Manhattanville College for nine years and a Guest Choreographer/Movement Director for seven years at the Juilliard School of Drama. Additional information at: https://pucciplus.com/

 

Simone Di Pietro Reche, Rehearsal Coach

Simone di Pietro began dancing at age of 10 in Brazil graduating from the Escola Estadual de Danças Maria Olenewa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), later studying at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower (France, Cannes), Academie D’Art e Choreographie Raymond Franchetti (Paris, France), Karlsruhe Dance Company (Karlsruhe, Germany), and the Pineapple Dance Center (London, England). Simone has studied with ballet and modern dance masters from Argentina, Belgiun, Brazil, England, Germany, Russia and United States, amongst others.
Mrs. Di Pietro Reche danced for the Lina Penteado Dance Company for more than a decade (Campinas, Brazil), a guest for the Cisne Negro Dance Company and for the Ismael Guiser Companhia de Dança (both in São Paulo Brazil), Duarte Works (Iowa), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque) and for Jennifer Predock Linnel. Throughout her career, Simone has worked with renowned choreographers such as: Holly Cavrell, Vladimir Conde Reche, Armando Duarte, Victor Navarro, Jennifer Predock-Linnell, Luis Arrieta, Tindaro Silvano, Ivonice Satie and Dalal Ashcar.
As a teacher she started teaching ballet in Brazil in 1990, mostly intermediate and advanced levels, including point and variations class, and also as a guest for professional dance classes. In New Mexico, Simone started teaching ballet as an adjunct faculty for the Department Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico in 2009, frequently and consistently teaching for local studios and institutions such as Ballet Repertoire Theatre, Dance Theatre Southwest, Keshet, Magnify and the National Dance Institute (Highland), amongst others. She joined The New Mexico Ballet Company and School as a ballet instructor in 2021.

 

Amanda Rohr, Choreographer

Amanda Rohr began her ballet training at the age of five learning the Cecchetti method with Joan Shelton Mason followed by training in the Vaganova Method at San Diego Ballet Academy.  She studied on full scholarship at The Jillana School rounding out her ballet technique in the Balanchine style. After being invited to New York for the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition Amanda started her professional career dancing with Ballet Idaho, performing in the corps de ballet as well as performing various soloist roles, before joining New Mexico Ballet Company in 2014.  Amanda has been featured in roles including Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade.

 

Robbie Rodriguez, Choreographer

Robbie Rodriguez is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer from Albuquerque, NM. Growing up, Robbie trained with elite Dance & Theatre where they specialized in dance theatre-based productions. He has studied on scholarship with Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California. Robbie has appeared in various film and television shows including Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Currently, he is a member of the New Mexico Ballet Company where, in addition to dancing, he is the Marketing and Operations Director as well as a rehearsal coach and choreographer. For the past 10 years, Robbie has had the opportunity to work with various High School dance teams providing them with award-winning choreography and helping to further their technique. He is the founder and director of Albuquerque Dance Collaborative, a local competition group that creates a space for individuals to grow their artistic style and expression. Robbie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. He is currently entering his eighth season as a head coach for the University’s Lobo Dance Team.

 

Megan Thomas, Guest Choreographer

Megan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico competing at Fishback Studio. In high school, she was a captain of the St. Pius Dorados Dance Team. She has training in all styles of dance from various studios, and has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at the Joffrey School and Broadway Artists Alliance in New York.
Megan went to the University of Minnesota on dance scholarship. During her first two years at the University, she was a member of the Premier Dance Team. In Minneapolis, she has performed alongside Dua Salah at a Timberwolves game as well as in the University’s Dance Theater production and several shows as an apprentice with Crash Dance Productions. She has choreographed for multiple studios in her hometown, the St. Pius Dorados Dance Team and has been a student choreographer for Crash Dance Productions. Along with guest teaching at numerous studios in Albuquerque and Minneapolis, she currently teaches at The Vibe Dance and Fitness and Hothouse Studio.

 

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1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

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