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NMSU Dance Company to host first Performance, ‘HOME’ Friday

The Traveling Airs Performance Company, a graduate dance company at New Mexico State University, will host a premiere production featuring both graduate students and College of Education faculty, along with local visual artists, singers and dancers.

Performances of the production, titled “HOME,” will be at 7:30 p.m. June 3 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 4 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Performers include faculty members Ana Sufflé, Ann Gavit, Robert Wood, Debra Knapp, Annie Pennies and Tenecia Trammel-Yeboah, and students Jermey Edmonson, Colette Miller, Kelsie Faught, Tim Wood, Artwan Green and Cristina Segovia. Also joining the cast is Tresela Lee Maynard, a Sodexo employee who works at the Corbett Center Student Union and the 3rd Floor Bistro inside the Stan Fulton Athletics Center.

Edmonson and Miller will perform the piece, “Touch.” Edmonson and Miller performed their piece, “The Manipulator,” at the South-Central American College Dance Association 2016 Gala Performance at West Texas A&M University during spring break. “The Manipulator” was selected as an alternate for the American College Dance Association National Conference in Washington D.C. in June.

Knapp, director of dance in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at NMSU, said “HOME” is an exploration of family relationships that will take audiences on an emotional and spiritual journey through the joys and tribulations of life.

Wood, who is the head of the Kinesiology and Dance department, said Traveling Airs came about as a collaboration between faculty members in the College of Education and graduate students in the dance program.

“While Las Cruces is rich in the performing arts, those of us in this company were looking for something different,” Wood said. “We were looking for a ‘home’ where we could invest and nurture our creative selves. Not surprisingly, the theme of our first show ‘HOME’ is not just a commentary on family relationships, but it is about our own desires to feel and be connected.”

Wood said singers in the performance will pursue everything from classical crossover to contemporary, country and spiritual pieces, and highly accomplished dancers will bring the music to life in ways that are sure to move the audience to tears.

“The talent of the performers is second only to the beauty of the message. ‘HOME’ promises to be a very powerful and emotional production and a great treat for the whole family,” Wood said.

Trammel-Yeboah, an assistant professor and coordinator of Clinical Education in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, said she’s honored to showcase her vocal talents in the first performance of the Traveling Airs.

“The Traveling Airs has amassed quite an arsenal of talented individuals, ranging from vocalists, dancers, choreographers and video art technicians. I am honored to serve as a vocalist and to be a part of this very creative and gifted family of artists,” Trammel-Yeboah said. “Our debut is a smorgasbord of light, sound, dance and imaging that will take the audience on an emotional journey through the dynamics of the family, and the trials and triumphs familial relationships bring. We invite the community of Las Cruces and the surrounding areas to join us and let us take them ‘home’.”

For tickets or more information, call the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at 575-646-4067.

Author:  Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU

NMSU Dance Students, Faculty win Honors at Regional Conference

Two New Mexico State University graduate dance students may see their original choreography showcased at a national dance conference this summer.

Jermey Edmonson and Colette Miller’s piece, “The Manipulator,” was selected as an alternate for the American College Dance Association National Conference in Washington D.C. in June. Edmonson and Miller performed their piece at the South-Central American College Dance Association 2016 Gala Performance at West Texas A&M University during spring break.

“It’s great to see how far our school has come,” Edmonson said. “The schools we went against (at the regional conference) are tough, so it’s something I want to stay humble about.”

Edmonson and Miller are both members of the Traveling Airs Performing Company, a graduate dance company at NMSU.

Out of 37 dance pieces performed at the regional conference, 11 are selected for the gala performance. Four pieces, including two alternates, are selected to be performed at the national conference.

Another piece selected for the gala performance was “Baggage” by NMSU dance instructor Ann Gavit. Gavit and NMSU dance director and professor Debra Knapp also taught courses at the regional conference.

“At every conference, we talk about the premiere dance programs in our region. This year, it dawned on me that we have become one of those programs,” Gavit said. “We have had pieces in the gala five out of the last six years, and in two of those years both pieces that we have had adjudicated made it to the gala performance.”

Fifteen dance students, including three graduate students, from NMSU traveled to this year’s regional conference. The students participated in several hours of dance classes and performances throughout the three-day conference.

“There was never a lull,” said NMSU dance student Serena Robinson, who attended her first conference this year. “It was nothing like I expected it to be. It was awesome to take classes from different teachers and experts. It made me appreciate what we have here, the teachers and the community that we have here.”

Gavit said that although dancers can take advantage of numerous classes offered at the conference, she appreciated the feedback students and faculty received after each performance.

“You learn so much and it makes your taste a little more sophisticated,” Gavit said. “This was a great year and we really just grew closer.”

For more information about NMSU’s dance program, visit

Author: Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU