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(Brienne Green - Daily Press File Photo)

(Brienne Green – Daily Press File Photo)

Artesia students will put 10 days of training with the National Dance Institute (NDI) on display today, taking audience members on a journey through the rivers of the world.

The NDI, led by New Mexico Residency Director Hannah Foss, has been in Artesia since Jan. 5 working with nearly 300 fourth-grade students from Central, Hermosa, Roselawn, Yeso and Yucca elementary schools, 26 kindergarteners from Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, and even some teachers and parents in preparation for the show.

In “Rollin’ on the Rio!”, students will perform dances that convey how rivers affect cultures and everyday lives. The show will also share NDI New Mexico’s messages of teamwork, perseverance and self-confidence.

NDI visits Artesia each year to prepare students for a variety of entertaining themed programs and also trains classroom teachers to get their students up and moving, as well as incorporate NDI’s techniques into their language arts and math core curricula. All NDI New Mexico programs are character-building and use dance to teach an important life lesson – working hard, doing your best, never giving up, and living a healthy life equal success.

This year’s performance is set to begin at 6 p.m. today at the Artesia High School Auditorium. Admission is free.