NMSU Dance Program Faculty & Staff
Lucilene de Geus
Lucilene de Geus joined the New Mexico State University faculty in 2003 to teach Ballet, Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance. She was a company member of Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco from 1999 to 2001 and can be seen on the PBS special “Flamenco! The Passion of Spanish Dance” recorded in Jackson, MS. She has also performed major roles with Pablo Rodarte’s Dance España as well as in flamenco concerts with, Cabarét Flamenco, El Pelete and Maria Benitez’ Estampa Espanola, among many others.
She has been a featured dancer with the Santa Fe Opera and Dallas Opera. She has also choreographed and danced for Opera Columbus, OH.
Before coming to the Southwest, she performed on the East Coast with the highly respected companies of, Ramon de Los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre and Amaya Flamenco Sin Limites.
Prior to exploring Flamenco she had an extensive ballet background (including study at Joffrey Ballet of NY as well as the Minsk School of Choreography in Byelorussia). She has performed as a soloist in the US with North Atlantic Ballet Company, and in Bolivia and her native Brazil with Grupo de Dança Emma Sintani.
Ms. de Geus has taught dance extensively in Brazil, Bolivia and the US for more than 20 years.
She currently resides in Las Cruces, NM, and is a resident artist at Alma D’Arte Charter High School and the Court Youth Center.
Ms. de Geus is also a recipient of the Dona Ana Arts Council Newcomers Award.
Dance Magazine: “She (Maria Benitez) has chosen a company of individual talent with vivid personalities: the torrid and proud Lucilene de Geus…” (Jan. 2001) Albuquerque Journal: “Lucilene and Paco are masters at establishing character and revealing motivation through the language of dance”. (Feb. 1999) for the creation and performance of “Carmen’s Tango Bar”.
KRWG Interview with Emily Guerra. Apr 6, 2017: “Viva España – A Flamenco and Spanish Dance Performance at the Rio Grande Theatre“