BFA Dance Concert explores the meaning of sisterhood

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BFA Dance Concert explores the meaning of sisterhood
with an all-women show

Miami--- As one of the most anticipated performances of the college year, “X” College BFA Dance Concert marks the most comprehensive and final project delivered by BFA Dancers Sisterhood NWSA’s dance aspiring graduates and this year explores and illustrates the concept of sisterhood. “The class will present ten works by young female choreographers, which explore their relationship to each other and to their communities as daughters, friends, mothers, and artists.  From the words of Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman to the music of Beethoven and rock band The Fall, the ten original works resonate with a heartbeat, the fire that is life, and the warmth of human connection and dislocation of loss” highlighted Burns.
The BFA Dance Concert starts at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 at the New World Dance Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, downtown, Miami. General admission, students and seniors: $5. Tickets available at Information about the BFA Dance Concert is available at 305-237-3341.
“This year’s graduating class of seniors – many of whom are bound, like their fellow NWSA Dance alums, for professional careers as dancers and choreographers – have created a cohesive evening of new work. As is customary, the students have overseen every aspect of the performance and will be presenting a powerful and moving evening of choreography and dance” concluded Mary Lisa.
Among the works to be featured is Ontogeny by BFA candidate Gabriella Bhatia. Her choreography, inspired by a progressivetrack titled "Strobe" by Deadmau5, is a mixture of organic, stylized and gestural movements that reflect the stages of human development from beginning to end. Likewise, it illustrates both biological and psychological growth through movement and expression. Carefully choosing her dancers based on their strength and flow qualities, it was imperative for Bhatia to demonstrate how bodies and minds are in constant unison creating synergies that allow for continual growth lasting and shaping a person from birth until death.
"New World gave us the foundation and ability to explore our creativity in works of our very own. Human growth and development has always intrigued me. As dancers, we are required to express ourselves through physical movement; our bodies are ourinstruments. It is vital to understand the mechanics of our bodies in order to properly express human growth. I have created phrases for each “stage” of the developmental process” explained Bhatia.
Andrea Ollarvide’s piece Great Expectations/ Low Self-Esteem explores the standards and expectations set by society. Andrea notes, “The dancers construct a typical living room setting with two couches and a coffee table. The dancers deconstruct the space and then reconstruct a new space with an "uncommon" arrangement.”  
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 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. Through these educational partnerships NWSA’ audition-based dance program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offers the high school diploma and four-year BFA college degree. Areas of concentration in Dance include Ballet, Choreography, Modern Dance and World Dance.
Photo caption – 2012 NWSA BFA Dance Candidates [left to right – b=back, f=front]
Pei-Rong Wu (b), La’Dreauna Johnson (f); Patricia Carby (b), Gabriella Bhatia (f), Maribel Cordero (f), Andrea Ollarvide(b), Kira Alvarado(b); Paola Escobar(f), Paige Henry (b); Veronica Cato (f)

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