This year’s New World School of the Arts’ High School Spring Dance Concert will be an exciting and varied program, featuring the work of two faculty choreographers featuring works by faculty choreographers Rebecca Cannan, Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy, and Tina Santos, as well as by two guest choreographers, the late modern dance icon Martha Graham and the contemporary choreographer Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York.
The High School Spring Dance Concert starts at 7:30 PM on May 10 at the New World Dance Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, downtown, Miami. Additional performances will be on May 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $12, students and seniors is $5. Tickets available at nwsa.mdc.edu. Information about concert is available at 305-237-3341.
NWSA High School students performed the beautiful Graham work, Adorations, at New York City’s Joyce Theater in February 2013 to critical acclaim, as part of the Martha Graham Dance Company University Partners Program. Wall Street Journal critic Robert Greskovic wrote of this performance:
“Even in ensembles, however, exceptional talents arise and make their presence felt. On this occasion, Johnnie Wright, a handsome and lithe junior from New World School of the Arts, stood apart unforgettably in the 15-dancer cast of “Adorations,” a classwork-based number Graham put together in 1975, staged here by Peter London.”
Of Sidra Bell, Darrell Wood writes in NYC Dance Stuff, “With the passing of so many of our dance luminaries . . . new presences will emerge, dancers and choreographers who will reshape the landscape of dance. . . . I believe Sidra Bell belongs in this group.” Bell’s new work, COMMUNITY, created specifically for these talented young dancers with music composed for the work by noted composer Arthur Bell, will demonstrate why she is at the forefront of new choreographic talent.
The varied program of dances includes the swirling and challenging ballet Tuxedo Park, by NWSA’s Gerard Ebitz; Lara Murphy’s contemporary ballet, Cortical Voyage; Tina Santos’ new work for the Senior Class, appropriately entitled Last Call, which blends the contemporary dance styles of ballet and jazz with a colorful, traditional Philippine folk dance called “Binaylan”; and Rebecca Cannan’s new modern dance work, featuring live musical performance by Sean Dibble, Buffalo Brown, and Mitch Kopp.
At New World School of the Arts dance students receive instruction from accomplished dancers and choreographers and grow through disciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Design, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in dance include Ballet, Choreography, Modern Dance and World Dance.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Photo caption: NWSA High School dancer Melanie Ramos. Photo by Juan E. Cabrera