Ra Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Dance


€RÀ first received a B.S. in Clothing, Textile Fashion and Merchandising (CTFM) in May of 2006. She also graduated with a second major receiving her B.A. in Dance in December of that same year. Originally from Denver, RÀ grew up in Lutheran schools and graduated from Lutheran High School in 1985. She then made her way to Las Cruces in 1986 and shortly thereafter joined the Society of Creative Anachronisms (SCA). The SCA became a big part of her life and enjoyed participating in Las Cruces’ Renaissance Fair where she danced every year. Growing up she always had a passion for dance and began ballet lessons at the age of four. She had a passion for teaching ballet and taught 4-11 year olds, with the 4-7 age group being her favorite. She had a variety of talents and interests from designing clothing and costumes for theater and dance productions here at NMSU and a special interest in designing male and female wedding garments.

RÀ had a love for Pilates as well, and taught it at NMSU for several semesters. In the summer of 2006 she got her Pilates certification and began working at Tom Young’s fitness center and World Gym teaching aerobics and fitness. She enjoyed the job so much and her passion showed so she began to obtain private clients. She would use all of these rehabilitation and dance knowledge and skills to work with local seniors to give them strength. She also loved working with children and in local schools enrichment programs. She has many successes here in Las Cruces as she was an influential leader in the dance community. RÀ enjoyed all types of dance and ventured into traditional Middle Eastern dances. RÀ was part of the New World Drummers (and did West African dancing) and was also planning on touring with them (a tour that included Greece, Italy, France, and Switzerland) until it was cancelled due to her illness. However she lives on through dance here at NMSU as she helped start a Middle Eastern dance program. RÀ was passionate about dance, life and helping others and it shows through her accomplishments.


Financial Need: Required
Class Level: SO.
Required Major: Dance
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0