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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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Thousands of Dollars in Dance Scholarships at World Dance Movement events!

7 May

This year over $560,000 in international dance scholarships will be awarded at World Dance Movement events thanks to our supportive sponsors! This is a great opportunity for WDM students who will not only study dance with world-renowned faculty members at WDM while traveling to some of the most fascinating European cities, but they will also have the possibility to continue their dance education in other international dance studios, conservatories, conventions and colleges for free.

Our International WDM faculty will award the scholarships while observing dancers during all WDM classes.

AMDA – College and Conservatory of Performing Arts will have an audition at each WDM event (more information below).

Here is a list of all the scholarships awarded at WDM 2014 events:

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Quest’anno saranno assegnati oltre $560.000 in borse di studio internazionali negli eventi del World Dance Movement grazie ai nostri generossisimi sponsor! Questa è un’opportunità straordinaria per il studenti del WDM che non studieranno solo con insegnanti di fame internazionale mentre viaggiano in alcune tra le città più affascinanti in Europa, ma avranno anche la possibilità si continuare i propri studi gratuitamente in altre importanti scuole di danza, conservatori, eventi e università in tutto il mondo.

I nostri insegnanti assegneranno le borse di studio osservando gli studenti durante le lezioni del WDM.

L’AMDA – College and Conservatory of Performing Arts svolgerà delle audizioni in ognuno degli eventi del WDM.

Questa è la lista delle borse di studio assegnate durante gli eventi del WDM 2014:

AMDA – College and Conservatory of Performing Arts (USA – NY and LA)

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Two $10,000 yearly scholarships for AMDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Theatre (4-year course – total of $40,000 per person)

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 3 scholarships at WDM Italy 

AMDA SUMMER WORKSHOP (2 to 4 week program NYC and LA)

  • 7 scholarships at WDM Spain
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 8 scholarships at WDM Italy

Scholarship AuditionThe audition will consist of a brief admissions interview and the performance of a 90- second solo chosen by the student. Anyone interested in the Musical Theatre leg, should also prepare 2 songs to sing ( 1 ballad/1 up-tempo). Please bring pre-recorded music on an iPod, as we might not have an accompanist. Any students interested in participating in the audition will need to email us at wdm@tezoroproductions.com after registering for a World Dance Movement event of their choice.

Broadway Dance Center (USA – NY)

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1. Broadway Dance Center 10-class cards

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

2. Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program (ISVP) ($500 towards the program)

  • 1 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 1 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 3 scholarships at WDM Italy  + 1 at WDM International Competition

Steps on Broadway  (USA – NY)

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1. Steps on Broadway 10-class cards

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Peridance Capezio Center (USA – NY)

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1. Two weeks of unlimited classes at Perdiance Capezio Center

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

 2. One month of unlimited classes at Peridance Capezio Center

  • 1 scholarship at WDM Italy 

3. One full scholarship for BLUEPRINT 2014 at WDM Spain. 

4. One full scholarship for Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program at WDM Italy (includes all visa application fees, study starts September 2nd, 2014)

Studio Harmonic (FRANCE – Paris)

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Studio Harmonic 10-class cards

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

 Complexions Contemporary Ballet (USA – NY)

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Intensive Winter or Summer Programs

  • 1 scholarship at WDM Spain 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Italy

The Pulse On Tour (USA)

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The Pulse on Tour Regional Workshops

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Camp PULSE (USA)

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  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

 New York City Dance Alliance (USA)

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Regional New York City Dance Alliance Conventions

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Edge Performing Art Center (USA – LA)

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EDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 20-class cards  

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

LA Dance Magic (USA)

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Regional Workshops

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Tanec Bez Hranic (CZECH REPUBLIC – Prague)

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Summer Workshop 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy  

ACDN Productions  (SPAIN- Madrid)

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Choreographic Company Experience

This scholarship consists of a Choreographic Company Experience with WDM director/choreographer, Eva Sanchez Martz, and other international choreographers. During a two-week period, the scholarship recipients will be immersed in the rehearsal and creative process of an evening long creation of a contemporary dance piece. This will be performed during the WDM events in a local theatre. This opportunity allows chosen dancers to interact in an international choreographic setting, and participate in a real company experience.

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 1 scholarships at WDM Italy

Institute of the Arts Barcelona (SPAIN- Barcelona)

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Intensive Summer Program

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain
  • 3 scholarships at WDM Italy

Madrid Dance Center (SPAIN – Madrid)

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One-year program (9 months)

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain
  • 3 scholarships at WDM Italy

Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Madrid “María de Ávila” (SPAIN – Madrid)

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One-year program (9 months)

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain
  • 3 scholarships at WDM Italy

Adrenaline (USA)

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Adrenaline Dance Conventions 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy

Abruzzonstage (ITALY – Roseto Degli Abruzzi)

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ABRUZZO ON STAGE Workshop 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Kledi Dance (ITALY – Rome)

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Kledi Dance Open Cards 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

Stage Door Connections (USA – NY)

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Workshop in NYC 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 
  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland
  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy  

Milano in Danza (ITALY – Milan)

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Milano In Danza Workshop 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Spain 

  • 2 scholarships at WDM Switzerland

  • 6 scholarships at WDM Italy 

REGISTER TODAY FOR OUR SUMMER EVENTS! SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

WDM ITALY, Castellana Grotte (BA). July 6-27 (choose 1, 2 or 3 weeks). www.WDMItaly.com

 

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