Diversuality: BFA Dance Concert

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Miami -- AsPromotional poster of dance concert featuring dancers' feet one of the most anticipated performances of the college year, the New World School of the Arts College BFA Dance Concert marks the most comprehensive and final project delivered by NWSA’s dance graduates. Led by NWSA dance faculty member, Dale Andree, and Mary Lisa Burns, dean of the dance division, this year’s concert consists of dances choreographed and performed by the 2014 graduating class. Inspired by the idea of Aristotle’s that “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” each of the young dancers is able to externalize and share that concept through their choreography.

The NWSA Dance BFA Concert takes place on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM. New World Dance Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown, Miami. General admission, students and seniors: $5. Tickets are available by calling 305-237-3341 or online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
“This year’s BFA concertDIVERSUALITY - “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Aristotle) presents a new generation of dancer/choreographers exploring the theme of diverse individuals who come together to create something new that lives and breathes on its own. The dances on the evening’s program reveal a wide range of choreographic styles as each choreographer explores these themes of individuality and community.   The program shows the range and versatility of these exceptional young performers, who share their passion for dance in a program that will both engage and inspire.”- Mary Lisa Burns, NWSA dean of dance.
Among the works to be featured is Mélanie Martel’s Au-delà des mots which explores the idea that movement is auniversal language that anyone can understand. “I wanted to explore the mystery of languages and how spoken language can be understood or misunderstood. By using the language of the body, the barriers can be overcome,” explained Martel.
Pretty Wicked Things by Rivkins Christopher was inspired by the feeling of fear. The young choreographer explains, “Fear can either drive us towards our goal or cause us to stay still and watch as it slips away from our grasp. What causes the body to tremble at the sight of the word Fear? Take the chance and embrace your FEARS for who knows? It may result in the most beautiful thing you’ve experienced.”
Meredith Barton says that hummingbirds inspired her for Peer In. She explains  “In my research, I felt the ways that these birds can be a metaphor for the way that humans can live their lives -- in a higher and more heavenly realm and with that, I explored thejourney that humans take when coming from a lower realm and emerging into ahigher one. ”
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It 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, WorldDance.
For more information about the BFA Concert at New World School of the Arts, please call 305-237-3341 or visit usonline at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.

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