NWSA to honor Daniel Lewis for 24 years as dance dean


By Maria M. Flores….

Daniel (Danny) Lewis is retiring after 24 years as dean of dance at NWSA.

After 24 years serving the South Florida community as dean of dance at New World School of the Arts, the recognized visual and performing arts conservatory in downtown Miami, Daniel (Danny) Lewis will become the first founding dean to retire from the school after having served since it opened its doors in 1987.

“Danny Lewis has been a cornerstone in the development of New World School of the Arts since its inception,” said Jeffrey Hodgson, interim provost at New World School of the Arts. “As a former dean, I had the privilege to observe how his love for the school, its faculty, and students translates into passionate leadership. It is an honor to work with him and to support him as provost in his quest to nurture and train the performing artists of the future.

“Danny’s legacy will live on in the accomplishments of all of the students who have passed through our studios and classrooms.”

To celebrate Dean Lewis’ tenure, New World School of the Arts will present “Daniel Lewis – A Life of Dance” tribute concert on Saturday, Feb. 5, in downtown Miami, preceded by a “Dinner with the Dean” VIP reception. In addition, NWSA will announce the newly established Daniel Lewis Dance Scholarship Fund during the concert.

Reception and performance details:

Tribute VIP Reception — “Dinner with the Dean,” 6 p.m., La Loggia Restaurant, 68 W. Flagler St., downtown Miami; VIP reception is $150 per person (Includes Dinner with the Dean and reserved seating at Tribute performance); tickets available by calling 305-237-3753.

Tribute Performance — 8 p.m., Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., downtown Miami; general admission $35 and $20 per person; tickets available online at nwsa.mdc.edu.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” said Lewis who considers himself “lucky” to have been offered the founding dean of dance position at NWSA more than 24 years ago.

“Having the opportunity to create an eight-year program at NWSA has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my adult life. This has enabled me to completely immerse myself in developing a program for dancers and choreographers who will be the next generation of artists and leaders in the field.

“Being around young students most of my life, first as a dancer, choreographer, and then as an educator has allowed me the opportunity to help them explore and realize their artistic dreams,” Lewis added. “As an artist I feel I understand the needs, aspirations and frustrations of young developing artists.”

For more information about the “Daniel Lewis – A Life of Dance” Tribute Concert, call 305-237-3684. For VIP tickets call Rafael Maldonado at 305-237-3753. Performance tickets are available at nwsa.mdc.edu.

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