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Posted February 19, 2013

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2013 Festival de Bellas Artes Lights up the Stage Tuesday and Thursday

Students join in colorful celebration of music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Festival de Bellas Artes lights up the NHCC stage.

Once again, APS students large and small will head to the National Hispanic Cultural Center to experience performing arts from a wide variety of cultures. Thanks to a Horizon Grant from the APS Education Foundation, this year’s festival will see 33 performing groups and nearly 1,000 students come to dance, sing and play the performance pieces they’ve worked all year to prepare. 

Elementary student musicians and dancers take the stage at 5 p.m. Tuesday for the fourth annual Festival de Bellas Artes, while middle and high school performers entertain at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21. 

Over the course of two days, students both perform for their peers and have a chance to study something a little new and different. Folklorico dancers dabble in Hip Hop with UNM’s instructor, Karen Price, Flamenco with Jesús Muñoz and Lebanese line dancing with Ranee Lovato. Guitarist Daniel Ward will introduce guitar students to some fiery Flamenco technique while percussionist John Bartlit delves into the subtleties of rhythm. Also, Al Gurule and his team of dedicated Mariachi teachers provide inspiration for some two hundred aspiring players. 

Both days end with a blast of exuberance from the stage for parents and the local community. 

Tickets are free and available at the NHCC box office one hour prior to the show.

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