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Dance Program

Fine Arts Associates Degree in Dance

Courses cover a broad area of dance experience and are intended to give the student a solid foundation in the fundamentals of dance. Projects include informal recitals, fiestas and formal presentations.

Ellen Walton

Ellen Walton is a native of northern New Mexico and graduate of Los Alamos High School. She spent her childhood dancing classical ballet and jazz with a local company called Pajarito Ballet Theatre and went on to train and perform in California, Germany, New York and Spain. Her instructors included Libby Nye, an early member of the José Limón Company; modern dance innovators Hans Züllig and Jean Cébron of the Folkwang School in Germany; well-loved Metropolitan Opera ballet master Jack Hertzog, and renowned flamenco artists José Molina and Tomás de Madrid. In 1990 she received a B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, California and, in 1995, a B.F.A., magna cum laude, from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Ellen is proud to be teaching again in New Mexico after 10 years of theater and dance work in New York and looks forward to teaching dance at Northern New Mexico College starting January, 2008. Currently she is teaching Flamenco I at the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos and is offering a new section of Dance Appreciation there in 2008. She also teaches and choreographs for Dance Arts Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Little Theater, and for her own student group Danzas Españas de Pajarito.

Ellen teaches Flamenco, Ballet and Modern Dance

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