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An Interview with Showcase Australia’s Dancer of the Year and WDM Dancer, Isobel Kinnear.

26 Aug


We had the pleasure to ask a few questions to Isobel Kinnear, Showcase Australia‘s Dancer of the Year 2018 who participated in World Dance Movement – The International Festival last year and again this summer.

We hope you enjoy this interview and we are looking forward to dancing with you at WDM Italy 2020 next July! Registration opens on October 15, 2019.

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WDM: How did you find out about World Dance Movement – The International Festival?

Isobel: I first heard of World Dance Movement when I was competing in the National Finals of Showcase Dance in Australia in 2018. The winner of Dancer of the Year (DOTY) was to receive a trip to WDM Italy! I was so thrilled when after a week of competition I was lucky enough to be chosen as the Teen DOTY winning this amazing trip! I loved my experience there so much in 2018 that I travelled back to attend Week 1 at WDM Italy in 2019!


WDM: Which classes did you take at the event? Tell us a little bit more about them.

Isobel: This year I mainly took class with the amazing Veronica Peparini whose choreography I adore! I took both of her intermediate & advanced classes & I enjoyed every minute! I have also taken class with the inspiring Desmond Richardson and Bruno Collinet.

WDM: What was the best part of being at WDM Italy?

Isobel: The best part about WDM for me is taking class from great teachers that I would never normally have the chance to work with, taking part in auditions, meeting & reconnecting with so many of my gorgeous friends & performing in the Gala night – an amazing outdoor performance & an experience not to be missed!

WDM: Did you do some sightseeing while at the event? What places did you visit?

Isobel: Puglia is such a beautiful part of the world & I have loved discovering just a little of it whilst at WDM Italy. I have spent quite a lot of time in the gorgeous seaside town of Polignano a Mare. This year I also visited beautiful historic Monopoli as well as spent a weekend at the luxury Coccaro Beach Club in Savelletri! I aim to see the world heritage listed town of Alberobello the next time I visit.

WDM: You won several scholarships at WDM Italy. Which ones?

Isobel: In 2018 I was lucky enough to receive 2 scholarships – one to AMDA in New York for a summer intensive & one to return to WDM Italy in 2019 which I was so happy to take up! In 2019 I was thrilled (& shocked) to receive an amazing $40,000 scholarship to AMDA, a 2 week summer intensive at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York & another scholarship to return to WDM in 2020!


With Peter Oxford, Creator of Showcase Australia

WDM: How was your overall experience at WDM Italy?

Isobel: In both 2018 & in 2019 attending WDM Italy has been an absolute highlight of my year! Travelling to such a gorgeous part of the world, having the opportunity to work with incredible teachers & meeting lifelong like-minded friends has made for beautiful memories that I cherish. 

WDM: What would you tell a dancer that is considering to come to WDM?

Isobel: I would tell any dancer to book now and enjoy every moment ! I have been so lucky to have had the most amazing time at WDM Italy and I could never have imagined that I would love my experiences there so much – it truly has been life-changing for me & I can’t wait to go back! 

*** ITALIANO ***

Abbiamo avuto il piacere di fare alcune domande a Isobel Kinnear, Showcase’s Australia’s Dancer of the Year 2018, che ha partecipato al World Dance Movement – The International Festival lo scorso anno e di nuovo questa estate.

Speriamo che vi piaccia questa intervista e non vediamo l’ora di danzare con voi al WDM Italy 2020 il prossimo luglio! Le iscrizioni apriranno il 15 ottobre 2019.


WDM: Come sei venuta a conoscenza del World Dance Movement – The International Festival?

Isobel: Ho sentito parlare per la prima volta del World Dance Movement mentre partecipavo alle finali nazionali di Showcase Australian Dance Championships nel 2018. Il vincitore del Dancer of the Year (DOTY) avrebbe ricevuto un viaggio in WDM Italia! Ero così elettrizzato quando dopo una settimana di gare ho avuto la fortuna di essere scelta come Teen DOTY vincendo questo fantastico viaggio! Ho amato così tanto la mia esperienza lì nel 2018 che sono tornata di nuovo per partecipare alla prima settimana del WDM Italia 2019!

WDM: A quali lezioni hai partecipato quest’anno? 

Isobel: Quest’anno ho partecipato alle lezioni con la straordinaria Veronica Peparini di cui adoro le coreografie! Mi sono iscritta sia lezioni intermedie che a quelle avanzate e mi sono goduto ogni minuto! Ho anche fatto lezione con i grandi Desmond Richardson e Bruno Collinet.

WDM: Qual è stata la parte migliore dell’essere alla WDM Italia?

Isobel: La cosa migliore del WDM per me è stata partecipare a delle lezione di grandi insegnanti con cui normalmente non avrei mai avuto l’opportunità di lavorare, prendere parte alle audizioni, rincontrare tanti miei amici e esibirmi nella serata di Gala – uno spettacolo all’aperto straordinario e un’esperienza da non perdere!

WDM: Hai fatto qualche escursione turistica mentre eri al WDM Italia? Quali luoghi hai visitato?

Isobel: La Puglia è bellissima e mi è piaciuto esplorarla un po’ mentre ero al WDM Italia. Ho trascorso parecchio tempo nella splendida cittadina balneare di Polignano a Mare. Quest’anno ho anche visitato la bellissima Monopoli e ho trascorso un weekend al lussuoso Coccaro Beach Club a Savelletri! Ho intenzione di vedere la città di Alberobello, dichiarata patrimonio mondiale dell’umanità, la prossima estate!

WDM: Hai vinto diverse borse di studio al WDM Italia. Quali?

Isobel: Nel 2018 ho avuto la fortuna di ricevere 2 borse di studio: una per l’AMDA di New York per un corso estivo intensivo e una per il WDM Italia 2019. Nel 2019 sono stato felicissima di ricevere una straordinaria borsa di studio da $40.000 per l’AMDA, 2 settimane presso il Peridance Capezio Center di New York e un’altra borsa di studio per tornare al WDM Italia nel 2020!


WDM: Complessivamente com’è stata la tua esperienza al WDM Italia?

Isobel: Sia nel 2018 che nel 2019 frequentare WDM Italia è stato il momento più bello del mio anno! Viaggiare in una parte così meravigliosa del mondo, avere l’opportunità di lavorare con insegnanti incredibili e incontrare amici straordinari, ha creato dei bei ricordi che porterò sempre nel cuore.

WDM: Cosa diresti a un danzatore che sta pensando di venire a WDM Italia?

Isobel: Direi a qualsiasi danzatore di prenotare ora e godersi ogni momento! Sono stato così fortunato ad aver passato dei momenti incredibili al WDM Italia e non avrei mai immaginato che avrei amato così tanto la mia esperienze lì – è stato davvero un cambiamento per me e non vedo l’ora di tornarci!

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.  Here 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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