The third annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 9. Just because ballet is a classic art form doesn't mean there aren't new innovations. Chamber Music Ballet is just such a new twist, partnering live chamber music and ballet. As I dropped out of ballet shortly after the infamous “Cuddle Bug” performance of ’81, I'll have to take their word for it. Also featured will be the work of the National Ballet of Mexico. Classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Seniors and students can get 50 percent off tickets one hour before the show. If you're neither, grab ’em at the NHCC box office, call 724-4771 or go to ticketmaster.com. See balletpromusica.org for more.
The New Mexico Ballet Company is hosting a series of Summer Intensives, classes designed to get dancers in shape for the fall season, some of which are being taught by Philip Neal, the principal male dancer for the New York City Ballet. New York City! I have seen this place in multiple movies! If you can make it there, then the class you teach in New Mexico is probably a big deal. There is much more information available at nmbc.wetpaint.com/
And if we're talking dance in Albuquerque, we've got to mention Keshet's Nutcracker on the Rocks. Auditions for the 13th annual performance are being held Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9. To schedule a time for you and your leg warmers (most of my knowledge of dance is informed by Flashdance) in the limelight, call 224-9808.
And our annual Haiku Contest is upon us. Here's the abbreviated info: Categories are traditional, miscellaneous, haiku that's a jingle, and haiku about dirt, sopaipillas, cryptids, the undead, Michael Jackson, the recession and nursery rhymes. No more than two per category. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 28, at noon. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet: #alibihaiku or @weeklyalibi. Whew.