NMSU Dance Program Faculty & Staff
Lucilene de Geus
Lucilene de Geus joined the New Mexico State University faculty in 2003 to teach Ballet, Flamenco and 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 , 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 flamenco and Spanish Dance on the East Coast with Ramon de Los Reyes
Spanish Dance Theatre and Amaya Flamenco Sin Limites. Prior to exploring Flamenco she had an extensive ballet background graduating from the Escola de Dança Emma Sintani in the Vaganova method (including a winter intensives at Joffrey Ballet of NY as well as the State School of Ballet and Choreography in Belarus). She has performed as a soloist in the U.S. 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 30 years. She taught and helped developed outreach programs in New Mexico with the Institute for Spanish Arts and in Massachusetts with Ramon de Los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre.
Along with her husband and dance partner Paco Antonio, she travels to Spain every other summer to bring a group of their NMSU students to Madrid, Spain, and study with world renowned artists, constantly focusing on artistic growth and professional development. She has created a substantial amount of choreography for Sol y Arena, NMSU’s Spanish Dance ensemble. She was a resident artist at Alma d’arte Charter High School and the Court Youth Center for 13 years. 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.”