George Balanchine and Martha Graham works among the works to be presented at NWSA's High School

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Guest choreographies by artists
George Balanchine and Martha Graham
among the works to be presented at
NWSA’s High School Spring Dance Concert
MIAMI--- A stirring dance concert is set to dazzle audiences as 90 high school students from New World School of the Arts  NWSA students Lauren Wojcik and Manuel Sanchez performing Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels present their spring concert, announced Daniel Lewis, dean of dance. With six dance pieces by NWSA and guest choreographers, the show will be dedicated to the memory of Billie Kirpich. The four-day presentation begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 15 with additional shows on May 16, 17 at 7:30 PM. Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 PM. New World Dance Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.
The works to be presented are Rhythm in Motion by NWSA choreographer Rebecca Cannan. Featuring live drumming by Sean Dibble, this piece, performed by the freshman class, promises to “captivate the audience through an explosion of modern dance moves in a fresh and energizing arrangement” commented Cannan.  Inspired by a poem written by Kahlil Gibran, Kaseeda (which in Arabic means “Poetry”), choreographed by Francie Huber, allows the sophomore class to explore their own individual existence in relation to eternity. Staged by the junior class, Forced Entry by Royal Winnipeg Ballet director of Modern Dance, Josée Garant, offers a dynamic and challenging piece sure to exhilarate guests. Going by guest artist Ana Gonzalez, with music by Reynaldo Hahn, Antonio Vivaldi and Amon Tobin is a work about both moving and moving on, meant to capture a kinetic moment in the lives of the 28-dancer senior class. Students representing the four classes will perform two world-renowned choreographies. Originally called Wilderness Stair, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, highlights the three aspects of love through three duets: the couple in white represents mature love in perfect balance; red, erotic love; and yellow, adolescent love. Interpreting George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, with Music by Mikhail Glinka, students will delight guests with the presentation of this charming and joyful ballet.
Born in New York City, Billie Kirpich studied and danced with the Martha Graham and New World Dance companies. Moving to Miami in the 1970s, Kirpich taught modern dance at the University of Miami and founded the Grove Dance Theater and School where she was the choreographer and teacher   of both adults and children. She was featured on PBS in “Exercise with Billie” which attracted many participants and was also active in the New World School of the Arts. Billie Kirpich passed away on April 21, 2008.
General admission to the High School Spring Dance Concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Free admission on Thursday, May 15, for NWSA and MDC Students and Faculty with ID. Tickets are available by calling 305-237-3341 or online at  
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For more information about the Dance division at New World School of the Arts, please call 305-237-3582.
Photo caption: NWSA students Lauren Wojcik and Manuel Sanchez performing Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels.            
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