NWSA's 2009 Annual Fashion Show "GET IN THE MIX" celebrates the 1940s and 1950s

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1940’s AND 1950’s Looks hit the runway in
"Get in the Mix" as NWSA presents its
Annual Fashion Show

 NWSA High School seniors from the Dance Division: Jennifer Sada, Martha Rodriguez, Ayla Weisz

MIAMI---Swing, Paul Taylor, Jack Cole, Pajama Game and Big Band sum up America in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Now New World School of the Arts brings it all to the runway during its annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, a fundraising initiative to benefit the conservatory’s Dance Division. The signature benefit takes place on Sunday, February 22, at  11 A.M. at the Miami Airport Hilton, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive. Reserved seating is $75 per person (or a table for 10 can be purchased at the discounted price of $500).

"We’ve held our Fashion Show for sixteen years, but this time we’ve opted for a fun and innovative show with a historical twist. The ‘40’s and ‘50’s were a pivotal time both in fashion and in our nation" explained Daniel Lewis, Dean of Dance at NWSA "WWII brought about new ways of viewing life in America. Less became more and the focus was in simplicity and frugality. This mood evoked a change in dance and choreography as well. Our objective is to offer a sensory treat for our audience who will undoubtedly relate to the music, choreographies and fashion, and at the same time, provide an opportunity for our students to relive that era."

From Broadway fashion to military couture the 98 high school dancers will present five dance numbers and model various collections from that era. Directed and choreographed by former NWSA dance faculty Cynthia DuFault, "Get in the Mix, A Runway Celebration of the 1940’s & 1950’s" highlights a time in fashion that reflected the general spirit and mood of the nation during this period. A time when world-renowned choreographer Paul Taylor found inspiration in ordinary life and plain America for his masterpiece "Company B", the 40’s gave way to ethnic integration and gave a new meaning to romance and patriotism.

The spirit of the times is captured through such dance numbers as Hit Me Daddy, performed by sixteen seniors, Steam Heat and Hernando’s Hideaway from The Pajama Game, and a Military Drum March performed by an all male troupe. From haute couture gowns and accessories to retro WWII working girls fashion, the lineup will parade to the tune of The Andrew Sisters and June Cleaver. A grand finale will culminate the evening as all dancers parade to Perez Prado’s 1954 hit Mambo Number Five.

Underwritten in part by NWSA Foundation Board members Myrna Palley and Beatrice Simon, the annual fashion show and luncheon will help the dance division raise funds for costumes, point shoes, choreography, and guest teachers as well as for other needs that are above and beyond budgeted school funds.

Under the direction of NWSA Dean Daniel Lewis, numerous dance students have been recognized on a national scale, many of them joining renowned dance troupes that include the Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham and the Parsons Dance Companies.  Among the most recent honors, two students received the distinguished NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts) Award and one nomination to the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Awards. NWSA’s audition-based programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or degree. Areas of concentration in Dance include: Ballet, Choreography and Modern Dance. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and it is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade College and the University of Florida.

Tickets and information at www.mdc.edu/nwsa or 305-237-3341.

Photo caption:
NWSA High School seniors from the Dance Division: Jennifer Sada, Martha Rodriguez, Ayla Weisz, 2009 NFAA winner.