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An Interview with Clarissa Mucci, Classical Ballet Teacher at World Dance Movement.

10 Jan


Here are some words of advice from our World Dance Movement faculty member, Clarissa Mucci. She is a world-renowned Classical Ballet  teacher and will teach at WDM Italy: WEEK 2: July 16 – July 21.


Want to ask more questions? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages with #AskClarissa. 

CLARISSA_MUCCI.pngWDM: What advice would you give to a dancer about auditioning?

Clarissa: Other than great training, students need to have a 360-degree look into the dance industry because there is only ONE dance. There is not a “good” type of dance a “bad” type of dance. Having said that, I do want to stress the importance of Ballet. It is fundamental and the first part of all auditions is a ballet class, from Teatro alla Scala to Pina Bausch.
WDM: What advice would you give to a dancer who was told “you don’t have the right body to be a classical ballet dancer”? 
Clarissa: Dance needs talent, dynamics, musicality, good technique, but also needs an harmonic and proportionate body. Unfortunately, after teenage years, dancers watch their bodies change. Sometimes this can limit a dancer’s career on stage in the classical ballet world, but dance will still have formed the dancer both physically and mentally providing them with the opportunity to be a brilliant teacher (if they study to become one). Not all great dancers can become great teachers. My university, where I have been teaching for over 36 years, has courses for both teachers and choreographers.
WDM: Do you remember your first dance teacher?
Clarissa: My first teacher was Lia Calizza, a woman who gave me so much, both technically and on a personal level. She was sweet and understanding, but also very demanding. I still thank her for what she gave me.
WDM: How do you motivate and stimulate your students?
Clarissa: I love my students, they motivate me with their work and dedication. I always remind them that when working you always need to have the humility to learn and the honesty to recognize your capabilities. I love honest work and students who work hard every day to become better than the previous day. I love Artists, those with a dancing soul, those who can move you with a Port de Bras. A Port de Bras never lies.
You can check out Clarissa’s full biohere. To register for World Dance Movement – The International Festival, please visitwww.WDMItaly.com.

*** ITALIANO ***
Oggi abbiamo il piacere di presentarvi un’intervista che abbiamo fatto con l’insegnante del World Dance Movement, Clarissa Mucci che insegnerà Danza Classica al WDM Italy: SETTIMANA 2: 16-21 Luglio.
Buona lettura!
Volete fare altre domande? Lasciate un commento qui sotto o sulle nostre pagine Facebook, Instagram, Twittercon #AskClarissa. 

WDM: Che consiglio daresti ad un danzatore per le audizioni? 

Clarissa: Dopo una buona formazione, lo studente deve aprire lo sguardo nel mondo lavorativo a 360 gradi, perché la Danza è UNA e non esiste quella di serie A e quella di serie B. Mi preme però ricordare che la Danza Classica è la base e che in tutte le audizioni. La prima prova è la lezione di classico, dal Tatro alla Scala alla compagnia di Pina Bausch. 


WDM: Cosa consiglieresti ad uno studente al quale è stato detto che non ha “il corpo adatto” per essere un danzatore classico? 

Clarissa: Un buon danzatore classico ha bisogno di talento, una dinamica, un’ottima musicalità e una buona tecnica. Ha bisogno di una bella figura, armonica e proporzionata.

Ragazzi/e dopo l’adolescenza, vedono cambiare e trasformare il proprio corpo. Questo purtroppo può creare un limite alla carriera professionale, ma sicuramente la Danza avrà educato nel fisico e nella mente, un futuro spettatore, critico di danza e dopo un percorso di studi metodologici, un futuro Insegnante. Non sempre un Ottimo Danzatore diventerà un Ottimo insegnante. Nella mia Accademia dove lavoro da 36 anni, abbiamo i corsi universitari per Insegnanti e Coreografi. 

WDM: Ricordi la tua prima insegnante di danza? 

Clarissa: La mia prima insegnante si chiama Lia Calizza, una donna che mi ha dato molto, sia sotto il profilo tecnico, ma soprattutto sotto il profilo umano. Era dolce e comprensiva ma molto esigente e ancora oggi la ringrazio per tutto quello che mi ha dato.


WDM: Come motivi e stimoli i tuoi studenti?

Clarissa: Io amo molto i miei studenti, sono loro che motivano me, con il loro lavoro e la loro dedizione. Io ricordo loro che nel lavoro bisogna aver sempre l’Umiltà di imparare e l’onestà di riconoscere le proprie possibilità. Amo il lavoro Onesto e gli studenti che ogni giorno, lavorano per conquistare un risultato migliore del giorno passato. Amo gli artisti, quelli con un anima danzante, quelli che mi emozionano con un Port de bras. Il port de bras non mente Mai.

Potete leggere la biografia di Clarissa Mucciqui. Per iscrivervi al World Dance Movement – The International Festival, visitate www.WDMItaly.com.


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. 🙂


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


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.


Information about Sacred Heart University Dance Programs


·      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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