Jose Tena Endowed Dance Scholarship

dance-tena3Jose has his degree from Escuela Superior de Danza Folklorica Mexicana, Chihuahua, Mexico. He has been on the faculty at New Mexico State University since 1978. For ten years he was the Director of the New Mexico State University Ballet Folklorico program. He currently teaches all the Ballet Folklorico courses in the dance program. Jose brings 26 years of experience as a professional dancer and direct or to our program. He has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels, bringing to our students valuable information about instructional methods for all age

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Folklorico de la Tierra del Encanto, a professional Folklorico dance company. During the past two years, Jose and his company have been performing the New Mexico dances that were once a much practiced tradition in the Colorado, New Mexico and Chihuahua region. The group has traveled as far east as Washington, D.C. for the Hispanic Heritage month and as far west as Fresno, California for the Danzantes Unido Conference.

Jose also is the Dance Workshop Coordinator and Conference Consultant for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference that is held on campus every November. He is also actively involved with the Bank One Tucson International Mariachi Conferences and the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos.

Jose Tena

Jose in an Artist-in-Residence at the Branigan Cultural Center and Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts in Las Cruces. This opportunity allows him to offer dance to our community. He has had the honor bestowed on him as Ambassador/Representative of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is the summer Ballet Folklorico instructor at Harvard University since 1977. His devotion and commitment to dance education makes him a valuable member of our faculty.


Financial Need: Required
Class Level: FR. SO. JR. SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Required Major: Dance
Other Requirements: Applicant must demonstrate ongoing service to the community, especially towards youth organizations.