Steven Melendez Joins NDI New Mexico

STUDIO 3 NEWS: Steven Melendez, former Principal of New York Theatre Ballet and ballet teacher at Studio 3, Joins NDI New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM, June 25, 2019: NDI New Mexico announces Steven Melendez as the new Hiland Artistic Director in Albuquerque. Melendez will be responsible for directing the afterschool program at The Hiland Theater. A masterful ballet dancer and teacher, Melendez will be leading the NDI New Mexico team of inspiring and professional instructors offering classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, and musical theater.

“I am thrilled to welcome Steven to the NDI New Mexico team, and so excited to introduce him to the Albuquerque community,” said Liz Salganek, Artistic Director of NDI New Mexico. “Steven brings a remarkable talent for teaching, both highly demanding and precise, while at the same time inspiring, fun, and motivating. I know he will bring the highest quality teaching to our programs, welcome students from all over Albuquerque and inspire them to achieve their full potential as dancers and as young people.”

Melendez was introduced to ballet through an outreach program that found him in a New York City homeless shelter. As a Principal in the New York Theatre Ballet his professional dance career spans challenging performances across the globe.

“It was a chance encounter that led to my career in dancing and later teaching around the world,” said Melendez. “Now I am honored to be taking the reins as The Hiland Artistic Director at NDI New Mexico. NDI New Mexico is a nationally recognized leader in youth development and arts education, and my vision is to continue to grow The Hiland Program until it is known asThe Place For Dance.”

Studio 3 welcomes Sebastian and Quincy Jane at the LOVE curtain call

(Mom’s Miss Meredith and Miss Jenna too!)

AND THAT’S A WRAP! Thanks to everyone who put so much energy and talent into our spring show, LOVE, especially our dancers — from the youngest to the most experienced.

Another great opening of another show! Studio 3’s LOVE – Miss Diane with a show fan!

Our Spring Dance Concert, LOVE, opens Friday, May 10th at 7PM. Come see these Hip Hop I dancers and more! Our matinee is Saturday, May 11th, at 2PM. All shows are at the Southampton High School. Tickets: $25.00.

 Steven Melendez joins the Studio 3 Faculty 

Guest Soloist roles include Carmen (Alonso), Don Quixote (Baryshnikov), Symphonic Variations (Ashton) and Borodin(Ariaz), Onegin (Medvedjev), The Nutcracker (Isberg), Giselle (Feco) and Peter Pan (Titova). The leading male role in Par Isberg’s Uinuv Kaunitar (Sleeping Beauty) as well as the title role in Ruslan Stepanov’s Kevade were both choreographed on him.

The members of New York Theater Ballet gave gracious, down-to-earth performances…with an unforced charm exemplified by the leading couple: Elena Zahlmann as Cinderella, and Steven Melendez as the Prince…Between looking for and losing each other amid the whirlwind of guests, Ms. Zahlmann and Mr. Melendez made an elegant pair.” – New York Times, 3/3/14

Welcome Steven!


Studio 3 welcomes our newest ballerina – Quincy Jane!

Congratulations to Miss Jenna and Connor.



Over 500 people attended our 2018 production of MIXED NUTS at the Bay Street Theatre. The Nutcracker/Wizard of Oz mash up was an audience favorite.  Congratulations to all the dancers, teachers and crew!  See you next year!

Karen and Meghan – awesome box office crew.


A View From The Booth

Mixed Nuts Opening Night Cast 

We opened!  Mixed Nuts 2018 – a mashup of The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz – officially opened on Friday, December 14th at the Bay Street Theatre.  I loved this audience. Cheers, applause, hoots, and even a standing O. From my POV in the booth the 200 people who attended were with the dancers all the way to the curtain call. Tonight at 7PM the Saturday/Sunday Cast makes their debut. Don’t miss our 8th presentation of Mixed Nuts at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

– Donna KazMixed Nuts Tech Director