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Interview with Kari Williams, Director of Dance at Sacred Heart University.

29 Aug

This year we had the pleasure to have with us at World Dance Movement – The International Festival in Italy,  a group of students from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Kari Williams, the Director of Dance at SHU, spent two weeks in Puglia with her students. She shared her thoughts about the program with us.  Hear what she has to say and please feel free to share it with all your dance friends, parents and teachers. 🙂

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WDM: This was your first year at World Dance Movement Italy. How was your experience overall?

KARI: The opportunities presented to my students to grow in their artistry and be inspired and educated by international greatness were unparalleled.

WDM: What type of opportunities did your students receive at the event?

KARI: Lauren Celentano was not only chosen by the casting director of Amici, to receive a private audition and a callback but she also took 1st place in the senior solo open category division last night in the WDM international competition and was awarded literally thousands of dollars in scholarships to various dance training programs across the US.!

We had 3 opportunities to perform in the beautiful outdoor Piazza at Castellana Grotte with hundreds in attendance – they danced choreography created by world renowned artists under the stars!

Students took weekly classes in Ballet, Active Isolated Flexibility, Contemporary dance and Street Jazz with the best dance educators in the world

On the last day our dancers participated in an open Audition for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where they had the opportunity to earn contracts for cruise ship dance work – Our dancers that made the 1st cut & went on to round 2 were Lauren C. Elizabeth Venezia & Sarah Possenti! Lauren C. received a call back

Other SHU dance program members earning scholarships and international recognition include: Stephanie Pic: One Free Audition Technique Seminar at Stage Door Connections in NYC, Malaysia Johnson: One Week of Unlimited Dance Classes at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, Sarah Possenti: One Scholarship for classes at Steps on Broadway & One scholarship for 20 Free Classes at EDGE Performing Arts Center

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WDM: How did you enjoy the extracurricular activities offered by the event?

KARI: On our free time we traveled to Monopoli Beach (2x), Polignano a Mare, the Caves at Castellana Grotte, Alberobello, Trulli, rounding out the cultural enrichment portion of our learning agenda

 

WDM: What makes World Dance Movement different from US dance conventions?

KARI: US Conventions are great however nothing compares to sharing ONE dance floor with dancers from literally dozens of countries at once. The inspiration from this alone – knowing that your craft is universal and that it matters on a global scale – makes WDM a stand out over any US convention that one could attend.

WDM: Would you recommend World Dance Movement to other college students and their professors? Why?

KARI: It is such a unique opportunity for students to develop technical, artistic, cultural and humanistic perspective all at once. This development in turn helps elevate not only the student to a more self-actualized person and dancer but also the entire dance program wherein they live and train.

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Information about Sacred Heart University Dance Programs

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY DANCE COMPANY AT A GLANCE

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students are able to enjoy the benefits of a conservatory style higher education dance program in conjunction with earning their degree of choice.

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students enjoy a diverse array of curriculum options taught by master dance educators and top industry professionals including; Classical Ballet and Pointe, Modern Dance, African Dance, Dance Conditioning, Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre Dance.

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students are undergraduate Nursing majors, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Communications, Education majors etc.

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students are given numerous performance opportunities both on and off campus, starting as early as their Freshman year!

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students are proud members of the American College Dance Association which helps support and affirm dance in higher education through regional conferences, the adjudication process, and national festivals.

·      SHU DANCE COMPANY students may earn up to 1 credit per semester for participation in the program, making this a wonderful option for those pursuing a Dance Minor

·      Many SHU DANCE COMPANY students are eligible to receive performing arts dance grants and scholarship money for active participation in the program! 

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Next year is going to be our 10th Anniversary and we are planning to make it extra special!!!
 
Our 2018 events:
 

* World Dance Movement SPAIN, Sitges (Barcelona) 
@ Institute of the Arts Barcelona
   June (exact dates TBD)   + WDM International Competition – June (exact dates TBD)  

* World Dance Movement ITALY, Castellana Grotte (Bari)

   @ Artinscena di Annalisa Bellini
    July 7-29 (choose one, two or three weeks)
    + WDM International Competition – July 14

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Please Welcome Showcase to Our WDM Family.

12 Apr

We are excited to announce our partnership with Showcase. The winners of their Dancer of the Year Award 2017 will join us at WDM Spain 2017 – The International Workshop and Competition at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona this June.

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Our mission is to build connections between dance and diverse cultures that inspire and transform dancers around the world. Our collaborations with top international dance institutions are a key element that allows us to make the dance world more united and connected.

Showcase is the most innovative and progressive dance competition ever to be created in Australian & New Zealand history.

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Showcase is not only the original and official National Dance Championships of Australia but hailed as one of the most Elite in the World.

With over 1.5 million dollars in Cash awards and prizes given out since 1994 to aspiring Dancers, no wonder we attract some of the best dance studios in the Nation all wanting to give their dance students the best opportunity to grow and learn from the Showcase experience.

At our events, prizes are given in a way that makes everyone feel proud of what they have accomplished regardless of the score with our now famous motto “Everyone’s a STAR at Showcase”.

Peter Oxford is the Founder and CEO/President of the Showcase Australian Dance Championships & Hollywood Bound National Dance Championships, and has dominated the Dance competition industry in Australia since the mid 1990’s.

Peter Oxford and his outstanding credits and achievements within not only the dance industry but to charitable events have made him a household name when it comes to Dance.

With over 18,000 acts attending his events annually is hailed as Australia’s most successful Dance entrepreneur having created the first national innovative dance event for the industry. Over the last 25 years Peter’s efforts in producing Showcase, and later Hollywood Bound, has improved the standard of competition and the quality of dance in Australia.

These events provide a great opportunities for young dancers and have assisted in raising the profile of the Australian dance industry on the world stage.

 As we now enter our 3rd decade our event will continue to grow and evolve and not only be proudly Australian made and operated but be a fun filled family event, we take pride in what we do and have achieved with the countless numbers of Australian & New Zealand families who have supported us for over 22 years and we thank you.

 Showcase has not only become a much loved Australian icon but its also stepped onto the international stage as one of the leaders in National Dance Competitions and has been ranked as one of the Worlds best by fellow industry professionals.

Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to have Showcase’s fantastic dancers and its Founder and CEO/President, Peter Oxford, with us at World Dance Movement Spain in Sitges.


WDM SPAIN, Sitges (Barcelona), June 3-8 (daily passes available for June 3, 4 and 5) + WDM International Dance Competition – Spain, June 3-4. Register @ www.WDMSpain.com

If you are 18+ you will have the possibility to audition for Royal Caribbean International. Click here for more information.

10 Reasons to Join a World Dance Movement Workshop.

2 Mar

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Events in fantastic locations around the world. 

Every year we provide you with the possibility to travel to international destinations while growing as a dancer and individual. Jump on board and let’s dance!

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International Faculty Members.

At WDM workshops you will study with top choreographers and master teachers from several countries including Israel, Spain, France, England, Italy, Canada and USA. This will allow you to get to know how dance is experienced in different countries and across different cultures.

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Dance Scholarships.

Thanks to our supportive sponsors we will award over $500,000 in dance scholarships at WDM events. Our International WDM faculty will award them while observing dancers during all WDM classes.

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Cultural exchange.

At each WDM event you will experience the local culture as well as the one of your international faculty members and of dancers from over 25 countries. You will have the chance to learn words in different languages, find out how the dance scene/industry is in other countries as well as discover the study and professional opportunities you might have in other countries.

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Networking opportunities.

World Dance Movement events are the perfect place to showcase your talents and network with our choreographers (several of whom are also artist directors of their own dance companies). And let’s not forget about the audition opportunities!

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Performance opportunities.

Every World Dance Movement event ends with an exciting outdoor performance on a beautiful stage. You will have the chance to show what you learned throughout the week in front of dance professionals, parents, friends as well as locals who come to enjoy our shows.

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Full and real class setting.

All World Dance Movement events have complete 1h and a half to 2h dance classes in a real class setting (studios with mirrors and dance floor).

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Sightseeing.

World Dance Movement events provide you with the option to explore the country you are visiting and enjoy yourself during your downtime. You can sign-up for one of our extracurricular activities or venture on your own to see what our event locations have to offer.

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WDM Family.

At World Dance Movement we are all part of a big dance family. We dance, explore, eat and laugh together. From the very first moment you arrive at check-in, regardless of you coming with your own group or by yourself, you will immediately feel part of our dance community. #WDMfamily

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Intimate classes with one-to-one attention.

Our commitment to you: To provide an intimate class environment where you will have the opportunity to receive personal attention in a non-competitive environment. Teachers will observe you and provide you with corrections and feedback throughout the week.


So what are you waiting for? 🙂 Join us this summer!

World Dance Movement SPAIN, Sitges (Barcelona) @ Institute of the Arts BarcelonaJune 3-8. Click here for more info.

+ WDM International Competition – SPAIN – June 3-4. Click here for more info.

World Dance Movement ITALY, Castellana Grotte (Bari) @ Artinscena di Annalisa Bellini, July 9-30 (choose one, two or three weeks). Click here for more info.

 + WDM International Competition – ITALY – July 15. Click here for more info.

 

Introducing Classes for Teachers at WDM Italy.

5 Jan

*** SCORRI IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

All our Intermediate and Advanced classes can be attended by dance teachers but this year we decided to add two dedicated classes.

Elements of Artistic Pedagogy with Susanna Odevaine

This classes will be held during WEEK 2: July 18 – July 22, 5:30pm-8:30pm

ABOUT THIS CLASS

Dance is the art of movement. The seminar offers a point of view regarding the art of dance education in its body, social and symbolic dimensions.

The dance teacher is responsible for cultivating sensitivity, creativity and the aesthetic sense of the child allowing him to live all stages of the artistic process of creation. The child’s dance already contains all the elements of the choreographic game: explore, improvise, compose, observe. The quality of the act is directly related to the expressive intentionality of the act, it must be able to emerge in any movement during the gradual development of technical skills.

This idea of dance leaves an open space for research, in which the very idea of technique extends to the matter of listening, relation, imaginary and sensory experience.

The classes offer practical examples of workshops aimed at children, with reference to the different age groups between 3 and 8 years. Each participant will be able to rework the suggested content according to their needs and personality.

The project involves several stages: Practical experience, analysis of the work (purpose, content, methodological references), additional working hypotheses (discussion among the participants on how to develop and apply this methodology).

BIOGRAPHY

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Susanna Odevaine graduated at the Institut de Formation Professionnelle pour l’Enseignement de la Danse Contemporaine directed by Françoise Dupuy (R.I.D.C., Paris 1983-87). She has danced with several Italian companies in Italy and abroad. In 2003 she began an intense dance teaching activity in public schools. She received a Certificate of Danzeducatore® from Mousiké in Bologna, and the Certificate of DanceAbility Teacher Trainer from DanceAbility® International. Read more on our website.


Contemporary Dance with Bruno Collinet for 40+/Teachers 

This classes will be held during WEEK 1: July 9-14, 6:30-8:00pm and WEEK 3: July 25 – July 30, 9:00-11:00am

ABOUT THIS CLASS

Bruno Collinet is part of the new generation of teachers going beyond the boundaries of pure technique to bring to his style an open-minded evolution of choreography.  He has dedicated himself to teaching for many years and offers an original style and teaching method on the 5 continents.  Attuned to different cultures, various trends and new generations, Bruno approaches his teaching with various objectives. For Bruno, it is important to define the goal before starting to work on the body.  Using simple elements such as body weight, contact with the floor, support, kinestetics and releasing of the joints, the exercises create a strong and efficient basic placement of muscle/body restructuring  to allow a natural execution of difficulty.  Through his interpretation of choreography, Bruno expresses a new technique for upper body moves in off-balance, breaks of energy, musicality and interpretation. For Bruno, dance is and has to remain in a natural state.

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Teacher, choreographer and French dancer, he is endowed with charisma and sensibility. He is a master teacher at the prestigious Pariginian Harmonic Studio Center, but gives stages throughout the world, including Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, US, Israel, Senegal and Japan. Read more on our website.

You can purchase his DVD here: Contemporary Warm-up with Bruno Collinet and stream his online classes here on SDW Online.

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FULL CLASS SCHEDULE.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WDM ITALY AND TO REGISTER, VISIT WWW.WDMITALY.COM

SPOTS ARE LIMITED – REGISTER NOW TO RECURE YOURS AND TO SAVE WITH OUR EARLY-BIRD AND GROUP DISCOUNTS.


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Gli insegnanti possono partecipare a tutte le nostre lezioni intermedie ed avanzate ed assistere a quelle per bambini ma quest’anno abbiamo deciso di aggiungere due lezioni pensate in maniera specifica per gli insegnanti.

Elementi di Pedagogia Artistica con Susanna Odevaine

Questo corso si terrà durante la SECONDA SETTIMANA: 18-22 Luglio, 17:30-20:30

INFORMAZIONI SULLA LEZIONE

La danza è l’arte del movimento. Il seminario propone un punto di vista sull’educazione coreutica intesa nella sua dimensione corporea, sociale e simbolica.

L’insegnante di danza ha il compito di coltivare la sensibilità, la creatività e il senso estetico del bambino permettendogli di vivere tutte le fasi del processo artistico di creazione. La danza del bambino contiene già tutti gli elementi del gioco coreografico: esplorare, improvvisare, comporre, osservare. La qualità dell’atto danzato è direttamente collegata all’intenzionalità espressiva del gesto, essa deve poter emergere in qualsiasi movimento nel progressivo evolversi di competenze e abilità tecniche.

Questa concezione della danza lascia aperto uno spazio potenziale alla ricerca, in cui l’idea stessa della tecnica si estende alla questione dell’ascolto, della relazione, dell’immaginario, dell’esperienza sensibile.

L’incontro offre esempi di pratiche laboratoriali rivolte ai bambini, con riferimento alle diverse fasce d’età del periodo compreso tra 3 e 8 anni. Ogni partecipante potrà rielaborare i contenuti suggeriti secondo la propria necessità e personalità.

L’intervento prevede diverse fasi: esperienze pratiche, analisi del lavoro svolto (finalità, contenuti, riferimenti metodologici), ulteriori ipotesi di lavoro (confronto tra partecipanti su sviluppi e applicazioni).

BIOGRAFIA

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Susanna Odevaine si diploma all’Institut de Formation Professionnelle pour l’Enseignement de la Danse Contemporaine diretto da Françoise Dupuy (R.I.D.C., Parigi 1983-87). Ha danzato con diverse compagnie italiane in Italia e all’estero.
Nel 2003 inizia un’intensa attività d’insegnamento della danza nelle scuole pubbliche di ogni ordine e grado. Riceve l’attestato di Danzeducatore® dal Mousiké di Bologna, e il certificato di DanceAbility Teacher Trainer da DanceAbility®  International. Per continuare a leggere visita il nostro sito.


Danza Contemporanea con Bruno Collinet per 40+/Insegnanti 

Questo corso si svolgerà durante la PRIMA SETTIMANA: 9-14 Luglio, 18:30-20:00 e  TERZA SETTIMANA: 25-30 Luglio, 9:00-11:00

INFORMAZIONI SULLA LEZIONE

Bruno Collinet fa parte di una nuova generazione di insegnanti che vanno oltre i confini della pura tecnica per introdurre una evoluzione della coreografica attraverso il proprio stile. Si è dedicato all’insegnamento per molti anni e offre uno stile e metodo d’insegnamento originali  nei 5 continenti. In sintonia con le diverse culture, diverse tendenze e le nuove generazioni, Bruno utilizza il suo insegnamento per giungere a diversi obiettivi.

Per Bruno, è importante definire l’obiettivo prima di iniziare a lavorare sul corpo. Utilizzando elementi semplici come il peso corporeo, il contatto con il pavimento, supporto, kinestetics e il rilasciamento delle articolazioni, gli esercizi creano una base forte ed efficiente a livello muscolare / corporeo per consentire un’esecuzione naturale degli esercizi. Con la sua interpretazione della coreografia, Bruno esprime una nuova tecnica per i movimenti della parte superiore del corpo attraverso lo sbilanciato, pause di energia, la musicalità e l’interpretazione. Per Bruno, la danza è e deve rimanere in uno stato naturale.

BIOGRAFIA

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Insegnante, coreografo e danzatore francese, dotato di grande carisma e sensibilità. Insegna abitualmente presso il prestigioso centro parigino Studio Harmonic, ma tiene stages in tutto il mondo, Italia, Svizzera, Svezia, Spagna, USA, Israele, Senegal, Giappone. Per continuare a leggere visita il nostro sito.

Bruno è una delle insegnanti dei DVD di danza prodotti da Tezoro ProductionsContemporary Warm-up with Bruno Collinet e dei video in streaming su SDW Online.

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PER INFORMAZIONI SUL WDM ITALIA E PER ISCRIVERTI, VISITA WWW.WDMITALY.COM

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Get to Know Eva Sánchez Martz with Our Mini Interview.

24 May

*** SCORRERE IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

Today we have the pleasure to present you an interview we did with our World Dance Movement faculty member, Eva Sánchez Martz who will teach a Acrobatics for Dancers at WDM Italy: WEEK 1: July 10-15 and WEEK 2: July 17-24.

We put together a mix of personal and dance related questions. We hope you enjoy!

For his full bio, click here.

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WDM: List your most important personal value/s.

Eva: The most important personal traits in my opinion are strength, honesty and loyalty. The word I often use to describe this type of person is fighter. A fighter is someone who has that special fire inside of them to do everything it takes to succeed yet will not break the seal of trust and loyalty at any cost. A person who has desire to work, who relentlessly attempts to overcome any obstacle while exploring every possibility and is willing to put everything aside to feel the fulfillment that is living the dream.

WDM: Do you mentor other dancers?

Eva: I must say, I consider mentoring dancers as one of my greatest strengths. If I find a dancer who believes, as I do, that absolutely anything is possible and has the discipline and drive to achieve it, one thing is for sure; I will make them a dancer. This is not the issue. The issue is finding the dancer who is ready for such a commitment.

WDM: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your dance career?

Eva: The biggest challenge in my dance career at the moment is finding the time to do everything I would like to do in one day. Directing AcroDance Productions (my dance production company in Barcelona, Spain) occupies a lot of my time as well as my dance company Martz Contemporary Dance Company. I am also currently Associate Head of Dance at Institute of the Arts Barcelona. As you can image, I have a lot on my plate yet this challenge is also exciting and I have an amazing team supporting me. We are a well-oiled machine.

WDM: When you choreograph do you come up with the steps first and then you choose the music or the other way around?

Eva: For me choreographing  is about investigating issues I am curious about and exploring and creating a piece that communicates my discoveries or doubts to make the audience think. I usually come up with an idea of what I want to communicate and how I would like to use my body as a vehicle to portray it. As a musician myself, I think it is important to find the correct music to compliment the piece and create a certain ambiance. This being said, music does not directly inspires me to create, an idea and a curiosity do.

WDM: Describe your perfect day.

Eva: When you are asked to describe your perfect day it often seems like you go into an imaginary state thinking about what you would like to become or what it would be like. But I have already live my perfect day (most of the times). This is not to say all of my days are perfect but I love doing everything I do, which is why I chose this profession. I am a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer, a producer, a philosopher, a creator and a director all in one day. What more could I ask for?

To register for WDM ITALY – The International Workshop go to www.WDMItaly.com. The dates are: July 10-31, 2016 in Castellana Grotte (BA) + you can register for our WDM International Dance Competition, which takes place at the end of the first week of classes on July 16, 2016 at www.WDMcompetition.com.


***ITALIANO***

Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi un’intervista che abbiamo fatto con l’insegnante del World Dance Movement, Eva Sánchez Martz che insegnerà Danza Acrobatica al WDM Italia: SETTIMANA 1: 10-15 Luglio e SETTIMANA 2: 17-24 Luglio.

Abbiamo creato un mix di domande personali e legate alla danza. Speriamo che vi piacciano!

Per la sua biografia completa, clicca qui.

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WDM: Elenca i tuoi valori personali più importanti.

Eva: I valori più importanti per me sono la forza, l’onestà e la fedeltà. La parola che uso spesso per descrivere questo tipo di persone è guerriero. Un guerriero è qualcuno che ha un fuoco dentro di sè che gli permette di fare tutto quello di cui c’è bisogno per raggiungere degli obiettivi senza compromettere la propria onestà e fedeltà. Una persona che ha voglia di lavorare, che cerca di superare ogni ostacolo e che è disposto a mettere tutto da parte per avere la soddisfazione di vivere il proprio sogno.

WDM: Fai da mentore ad altri danzatori?

Eva: Devo ammettere che penso di essere veramente adatta a ricoprire il ruolo di mentore. Se trovo un giovane che ha la voglia e la disciplina per andare avanti e crede che tutto sia possibile, una cosa è sicura, lo farò diventare un danzatore. Questo non è il problema. Il problema è trovare dei danzatori che siano veramente disposti ad impegnarsi.

WDM: Qual’è la difficoltà più grande che stai affrontato nella tua carriera?

Eva: La difficoltà più grande al momento è trovare il tempo per fare tutto quello che vorrei in un giorno. Dirigere AcroDance Productions (un’azienda di produzione di danza a Barcelona, Spagna) occupa tantissimo del mio tempo oltre alla mia compagnia Martz Contemporary Dance Company. Sono anche una delle direttrici del Dipartimento di Danza all’Institute of the Arts Barcelona. Ho molto da fare ma questo è anche stimolante, inoltre ho un gruppo di lavoro straordinario che mi aiuta.

WDM: Quando crei una coreografia parti prima dai passi o dalla musica?

Eva: Per me coreografare vuol dire analizzare delle questioni di cui sono curiosa per create un pezzo che comunichi le mie scoperte e dubbi e che permetta al pubblico di riflettere. Di solito, trovo un’idea che voglio comunicare e poi cerco il modo con il quale usare il mio corpo per esprimerla. Essendo anche una musicista, penso che sia importante trovare la musica adatta per esaltare il pezzo e creare certe emozioni. Ma allo stesso tempo, la musica non inspira direttamente la mia creazione. Quello lo fanno le idee e la curiosità.

WDM: Descrivi il tuo giorno perfetto.

Eva: Quando ti viene chiesto di descrivere il tuo giorno ideale, sembra sempre che debba immaginare come potrebbe essere. Ma io vivo già le mie giornate ideali (almeno nella maggior parte dei casi). Questo non vuol dire che tutti i giorni sono perfetti ma amo tutto quello che faccio e questo è il motivo per cui ho scelto la mia professione. Sono una danzatrice, un’insegnante, una coreografa, una produttrice, una filosofa, una creatrice e una direttrice in un’unica giornata. Cosa potrei chiedere di più?

Per iscriverti al WDM ITALIA – The International Workshop visita www.WDMItaly.com. Le date sono: 10-31 Luglio, 2016 a Castellana Grotte (BA) + puoi anche iscriverti al nostro Concorso Internazionale del WDM, che si terrà alla fine della prima settimana di lezioni il 16 Luglio, 2016: www.WDMcompetition.com.

Get to Know Noa Paran with Our Mini Interview.

4 Mar

*** SCORRERE IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

Today we have the pleasure to present you a mini interview we did with our World Dance Movement faculty member, Noa Paran who will teach a Gaga Movement Language and Ohad Naharin Repertory at WDM Italy: WEEK 3: July 26 – July 31.

If you are not familiar with Gaga Movement Language, check out this video.

We put together a mix of personal and dance related questions. We hope you enjoy!

For his full bio, click here.

Noa-Paran

WDM: How much time off do you take/get from dance?
Noa: Since I’m juggling between dancing and graphic design (two passions of mine) my time off from dance varies. 
I teach gaga and take classes throughout the year. In addition I work as a freelance dancer according to small projects I’m interested in and those that fit my schedule. I usually end up dancing pretty much all year long, and maybe take a week or two off if I get a chance.
WDM: What is your biggest indulgence?
Noa: Sleep.
WDM: What is the most difficult part in the life of a dancer?
Noa: I would say dealing with injuries. Injuries are part of a dancer’s life, and as dancers we are so used to pushing ourselves and our bodies. But when you get injured it is very difficult not to give in to frustration, and especially not to push too much and too fast.
WDM: What do you like most about teaching?
Noa: I like seeing the moment of discovery on another person’s face – that moment when they find something new in their body.
WDM: What is your favorite color?
Noa: It changes a lot, right now it’s purple.

To register for WDM ITALY – The International Workshop go to www.WDMItaly.com. The dates are: July 10-31, 2016 in Castellana Grotte (BA) + you can register for our WDM International Dance Competition, which takes place at the end of the first week of classes on July 16, 2016 at www.WDMcompetition.com.


***ITALIANO***

Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi una mini intervista che abbiamo fatto con l’insegnante del World Dance MovementNoa Paran che insegnerà Gaga Movement Language e il Repertorio di Ohad Naharin al WDM Italia: SETTIMANA 3: 26-31 Luglio, 2016.

Se non conosci il Gaga Movement Language, guarda questo video.

Abbiamo creato un mix di domande personali e legate alla danza. Speriamo che vi piacciano!

Per la sua biografia completa, clicca qui.

Noa-Paran

WDM: Quante pause dalla danza ti prendi durante l’anno? 
Noa: Dato che mi divido tra la danza e il lavoro di graphic designer (due delle miei passioni) le mie pause dalla danza variano. 
Insegno gaga e faccio lezione durante l’anno. Inoltre lavoro come danzatrice in alcuni piccoli progetti che mi interessano e che riesco a gestire con il mio tempo. Finisco per danzare tutto l’anno e ogni tanto mi prendo una o due settimane di pausa se posso. 
WDM: Qual è il tuo vizio più grande?
Noa: Dormire.
WDM: Qual è la parte più difficile nella vita di un ballerino?
Noa: Penso che sia il dover affrontare degli infortuni. Gli infortuni fanno parte della vita di un ballerino, e da ballerini siamo abituati a spingere noi stessi e il nostro corpo. Ma quando si è infortunati è difficile non essere frustrati, e soprattutto non forzare i propri limiti.  
WDM: Cosa ti piace di più nell’insegnamento?
Noa: Mi piace assistere al momento di scoperta che si vede sul volto di un danzatore – quel momento in cui trovano un qualcosa di nuovo nel proprio corpo. 
WDM: Qual è il tuo colore preferito?
Noa: Varia molto, in questo momento è il viola. 
Per iscriverti al WDM ITALIA – The International Workshop visita www.WDMItaly.com. Le date sono: 10-31 Luglio, 2016 a Castellana Grotte (BA) + puoi anche iscriverti al nostro Concorso Internazionale del WDM, che si terrà alla fine della prima settimana di lezioni il 16 Luglio, 2016: www.WDMcompetition.com.

Get to Know Desmond Richardson with Our Mini Interview.

19 Feb

*** SCORRERE IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

Today we have the pleasure to present you a mini interview we did with the legendary Co-Founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and our World Dance Movement faculty member, Desmond Richardson who will teach a Complexions Choreographic Workshop and Ballet at WDM Italy: WEEK 1: July 10 – July 15.

We put together a mix of personal and dance related questions. We hope you enjoy!

For his full bio, click here.

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WDM: Do you like traveling? Where?

Desmond: I love to travel! Mostly to exotic, warm places.

WDM: What have you learned from teaching?

Desmond: To be clear with intent and challenge the dancers to express themselves fully.

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WDM: Have you ever thought about giving up dance?

Desmond: Many times, but my Passion, desire and determination keep me moving forward as I feel dance transports and I want to keep that responsibility of inspiring audiences and dancers present until I really stop.

WDM: What’s your advice for a dancer who was told they don’t have “the right body” for a dancer?

Desmond: Ignore it, what is the right body? You are unique , train your body properly to your best ability and you will have the right body, YOURS!!

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WDM: How do you keep in shape when you are not dancing?

Desmond: Ballet Class, Floor Barre, elliptical for stamina.

To register for WDM ITALY – The International Workshop go to www.WDMItaly.com. The dates are: July 10-31, 2016 in Castellana Grotte (BA) + you can register for our WDM International Dance Competition, which takes place at the end of the first week of classes on July 16, 2016 at www.WDMcompetition.com.

You can purchase Desmond’s TezoroLIVE instructional dance DVDs here and stream his online classes on SDW Online.


 

***ITALIANO**

Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi una mini intervista che abbiamo fatto con il Co-Fondatore del Complexions Contemporary Ballet ed insegnante del WDM, Desmond Richardson che insegnerà un Workshop di Tecnica ComplexionsDanza Classica al WDM ITALIA, settimana 1: 10-15 Luglio, 2016.

Abbiamo creato un mix di domande personali e legate alla danza. Speriamo che vi piacciano!

Per la sua biografia completa, clicca qui.

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WDM: Ti piace viaggiare? Dove?

Desmond: Amo viaggiare! Preferibilmente in posti esotici e caldi.

WDM: Cosa hai imparato dall’insegnamento?

Desmond: Ad essere chiaro con determinazione e a spingere i danzatori ad esprimere se stessi completamente.

WDM: Hai mai pensato di abbandonare la danza?

Desmond: Molte volte, ma la mia Passione, desiderio e determinazione continuano a farmi andare avanti. Penso che la danza porti con se grandi emozioni e voglio mantenere la mia responsabilità di ispirare il pubblico e i danzatori fino a quando smetterò definitivamente.

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WDM: Quale consiglio daresti ad uno studente a cui viene detto che non ha “il corpo giusto” per essere un danzatore?

Desmond: Ignoralo, qual è il corpo giusto? Tu see unico/a, allena il tuo corpo in maniera giusta e al massimo delle tue capacità e avrai il corpo giusto, il TUO!!

WDM: Come ti mantieni in forma quando non danzi?

Desmond: Lezioni di danza classica, Barra a Terra, elliptical per la stamina.

Per iscriverti al WDM ITALIA – The International Workshop visita www.WDMItaly.com. Le date sono: 10-31 Luglio, 2016 a Castellana Grotte (BA) + puoi anche iscriverti al nostro Concorso Internazionale del WDM, che si terrà alla fine della prima settimana di lezioni il 16 Luglio, 2016: www.WDMcompetition.com.

Potete acquistare i DVD di lezioni di Desmond Richardson prodotti da TezoroLIVE qui o accedere allo streaming delle sue lezioni online su SDW Online.

Get to Know Igal Perry with Our Mini Interview.

4 Feb

*** SCORRERE IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

Today we have the pleasure to present you a mini interview we did with the Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Capezio Center and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and our World Dance Movement faculty member, Igal Perry who will teach Ballet at WDM ITALY, week 3: July 26-31, 2016.

We put together a mix of personal and dance related questions. We hope you enjoy!

For his full bio, click here.

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WDM: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Cooking, programming – yes, I mean computer programming :), watching a variety of TV programs – the mind does need a rest…

What is your favorite book?

“The World According to Perry”… just kidding’ 🙂 …. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

What advice do you give dancers when they are injured?

It depends on the nature of the injury. If it is not something that can become chronic best is to work through it. Otherwise, be very careful, take time off and definitely see a professional P.T. or Doctor.

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What do you expect from a dancer taking your class?

Concentrate and follow the class – don’t fall a sleep (it’s never boring…) and open your mind to fresh new ideas!

What inspires you?

Unexpected artistic nuance which touches the soul and stirs thoughts and emotions. Stress on “Unexpected” – if its predictable its not as interesting and as such not as inspiring. AND, observing progress in students who try hard and are dedicated – that’s such a reward!

To register for WDM ITALY – The International Workshop go to www.WDMItaly.com. The dates are: July 10-31, 2016 in Castellana Grotte (BA) + you can register for our WDM International Dance Competition, which takes place at the end of the first week of classes on July 16, 2016 at www.WDMcompetition.com.


*** ITALIANO ***

Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi una mini intervista che abbiamo fatto con il Fondatore e Direttore Artistico del Peridance Capezio Center e la Peridance Contemporary Dance Company  e insegnante del WDM, Igal Perry che insegnerà Danza Classica al WDM ITALIA, settimana 3: 26-31 Luglio, 2016.

Abbiamo creato un mix di domande personali e legate alla danza. Speriamo che vi piacciano!

Per la sua biografia completa, clicca qui.

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WDM: Cosa ti piace fare nel tuo tempo libero?

Cucinare, programmare – sì, intendo programmazione informatica :), guadare vari programmi TV – alcune volte la mente ha bisogno di staccare…

Qual è il tuo libro preferito?

“Il Mondo Secondo Perry”…scherzo :)…. “L’Alchimista” di Paulo Coelho.

Quale consiglio dai ad un danzatore quando è infortunato?

Dipende dal tipo di infortuneo. Se è qualcosa che non può diventare una patologia cronica è meglio cercare di continuare a lavorare. In altri casi, bisogna prestare molta attenzione, prendere una pausa e fasi visitare da un dottore specialista.

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Cosa ti aspetti da un danzatore quando fa lezione con te?

Concentrati e segui la lezione – non addormentarti (non è mai noiosa…) e apri la mente ad idee nuove!

Cosa ti ispira?

Sfumature inaspettate di un artista che toccano l’anima e generano pensieri ed emozioni. Sottolineo “inaspettate” – se sono scontate non sono interessanti e di conseguenza non mi ispirano. E, osservare il progresso che i mie studenti fanno lavorando duramente e con dedizione – per me quello è un vero e proprio premio!

Per iscriverti al WDM ITALIA – The International Workshop visita www.WDMItaly.com. Le date sono: 10-31 Luglio, 2016 a Castellana Grotte (BA) + puoi anche iscriverti al nostro Concorso Internazionale del WDM, che si terrà alla fine della prima settimana di lezioni il 16 Luglio, 2016: www.WDMcompetition.com.

Get to Know Stacey Tookey with Our Mini Interview.

27 Jan

*** SCORRERE IN BASSO PER LEGGERE IN ITALIANO ***

Today we have the pleasure to present you a mini interview we did with our World Dance Movement faulty member, Stacey Tookey who will teach Contemporary Dance at WDM ITALY, week 3: July 26-31, 2016.

We put together a mix of personal and dance related questions. We hope you enjoy!

For her full bio, click here.

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WDM: What are the songs you are listening to the most at the moment?

Stacey: I love a lot of different kinds of music, but recently I have been listening to Max Richter, Sóley and of course Adele‘s new album!!! It’s incredible.

WDM: What’s your favorite snack before and after class?
When I have access to a blender a green smoothie for sure – kale, spinach, almonds, coconut water and some fruit. On the go: RX Bars!!! They are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and come in incredible flavors.
Stacey with her brother Kevin (who also is a professional dancer).
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WDM: What advice can you give to young dancers?
Always be hungry to learn more!!! Different styles of choreography, different teachers in different settings. Information is key and a dancer who is always eager to grow and learn is one I always want to work with. If something doesn’t go right…try, try again!!!
WDM: How and why did you become a dancer?
My mom Shelley Tookey has a dance studio she has owned for over 45 years (Shelley’s Dance Company). Her first studio was in our basement…..I danced since I can remember being able to walk :). When I was 8 I turned to my mom and said: “Mom, I’m going to do this for my job, I love it so much”. To this day she always reminds me of that story.
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What’s the advice you would give to a dancer for an audition?
 Be BRAVE. Be BOLD. Be YOURSELF………  Confidence and openness goes much further than the act of trying to be perfect. Often when you let go and treat the audition like a class is when you have the best outcome.
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To register for WDM ITALY – The International Workshop go to www.WDMItaly.com. The dates are: July 10-31, 2016 in Castellana Grotte (BA) + you can register for our WDM International Dance Competition, which takes place at the end of the first week of classes on July 16, 2016 at www.WDMcompetition.com.


*** ITALIANO ***

Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi una mini intervista che abbiamo fatto con l’insegnante del WDM, Stacey Tookey che insegnerà Danza Contemporanea al WDM ITALIA, settimana 3: 26-31 Luglio, 2016.

Abbiamo creato un mix di domande personali e legate alla danza. Speriamo che vi piacciano!

Per la sua biografia completa, clicca qui.

Stacey-Tookey

WDM: Quali canzoni stai ascoltando di più al momento?

Stacey: Amo molti generi di musica differenti, ma recentemente sto ascoltando Max Richter, Sóley e ovviamente il nuovo album di Adele!!! È fantastico.

WDM: Qual è il tuo snack preferito prima e dopo lezione?
Quando sono a casa, sicuramente un frullato di verdure e frutta – cavolo riccio, spinaci, mandorle, acqua di coccoe frutta. Quando non sono a casa: le barrette RX!!! Sono senza glutine, latte o zucchero e hanno tanti gusti diversi buonissimi.
WDM: Quale consiglio daresti a dei giovani danzatori?
Abbiate sempre la voglia di imparare di più!!! Stili di coreografia differenti, insegnanti differenti, in ambienti differenti. La conoscenza è un elemento chiave e un danzatore che ha sempre il desiderio di crescere ed imparare è il tipo di persona con la quale voglio lavorare. Se qualcosa non va per il verso giusto…prova e prova ancora!!!
Uno dei primi concorsi vinti da Stacey.
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WDM: Come e perché hai iniziato a danzare?
Mia madre Shelley Tookey ha una scuola di danza che possiede da oltre 45 anni (Shelley’s Dance Company). La sua prima scuola era del seminterrato della nostra casa…. danzo da quando ho iniziato a camminare :). Quando avevo 8 anni ho detto a mia madre: “Mamma, questo sarà il mio lavoro, lo amo troppo”. Ancora oggi, ogni tanto, mi racconta di quel giorno.
Quale consiglio daresti ad un danzatore per un’audizione?
 Sii CORAGGIOSO. Sii TE STESSO… La sicurezza e apertura sono molto più importanti del provare ad essere perfetti. Spesso quando vai ad un’audizione come se fosse una lezione ottieni i risultati migliori.
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Per iscriverti al WDM ITALIA – The International Workshop visita www.WDMItaly.com. Le date sono: 10-31 Luglio, 2016 a Castellana Grotte (BA) + puoi anche iscriverti al nostro Concorso Internazionale del WDM, che si terrà alla fine della prima settimana di lezioni il 16 Luglio, 2016: www.WDMcompetition.com

World Dance Movement Italy 2015 – Video Recaps

4 Sep

We spent three fantastic weeks at World Dance Movement Italy 2015 and we can’t wait to be there again! Until then, let’s reminisce about those beautiful moments with our World Dance Movement video recaps! For those who didn’t join us this past edition, check out what to expect next summer. We hope to see you all at WDM Italy 2016!

WEEK 1:

WEEK 2:

WEEK 3:

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next World Dance Movement Italy trip at WDMItaly.com and join us for one, two or three weeks of inspiring dance classes, dance scholarship opportunities, fun, sightseeing and much much more.

WDM Italy, Castellana Grotte (Bari) – July 10-31, 2016. For more info WDMItaly.com

Take advantage of our group rates at: http://bit.ly/1wnt99U

+ WDM International Dance Competition – July 16, 2016. For more info WDMcompetition.com

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