Dance It! 2013
01.04 - 07.04.2013

Dance It! is a week-long annual dance intensive program which takes place in Bulgaria during the academic spring break (1st – 7th April). It is an international collaboration which targets young dancers from Bulgaria and from all over the world.

Over the course of the week, young dancers (both professionals and advanced amateurs in training) take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet (Balanchine style), Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents who bring unique expertise to dancers who do not have the chance to experience it in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in a choreography set up during the course of the workshop.

The project aims at giving young dancers the opportunity to acquire knowledge of several fundamentally different dance forms and techniques, while also allowing them to take part in the creative process enriched by intercultural communication. In addition, each year five or six of the best workshop participants receive scholarships for summer dance intensive programs in renowned U.S. schools and companies.

The spring program closes with a big final show – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned guest dance artists.

Part of the program are also different dance master classes and performances, as well as public discussions on relevant topics, in order to involve not only the dancers, but also the wider Bulgarian audience.

The choreographers in Dance It! 2013:

• Theresa Ruth Howard (Alvin Ailey School, New York)

• Ayo Janeen Jackson (Bill T. Jones; Broadway; New York)

• Christian von Howard (Alvin Ailey School; Von Howard Project; New York/Virginia)

• Andrea Burr (Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studios; Monsters of Hip Hop; Los Angeles)

• Petur Iliev (Iliev Dance Art Foundation, Bulgaria; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle; Ballet Chicago)

 This project is being implemented with financial support from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.


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