MIAMI – The New World School of the Arts Dance Division welcomed Bessie Award-winning dancer, Brandon Collwes, to Miami to teach Cunningham technique classes, for both College and High School dancers, sponsored by the generosity of the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Brandon Collwes, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2006 through the Company’s final performances in 2011, received a Bessie award for his performance in the Company’s final presentations at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City in December, 2011. He has continued to distinguished himself as a performer since that time in the work of Stephen Petronio, Liz Gerring, and others, and teaches regularly at the Merce Cunningham Trust City Center studios in Manhattan.
“It is a joy to have Brandon share his remarkable gifts and an artist and teacher, as well as his great depth of knowledge and experience, with our students,” said Mary Lisa Burns, Dean of Dance at NWSA. “We are grateful to Patricia Lent and the Merce Cunningham Trust for making this invaluable experience possible for our students.”
Collwes will be offering master classes on December 7 and 8, 2017 to the NWSA dance students.
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. 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.
About the NWSA Dance program: New World school of the Arts offers a comprehensive dance program essential for today’s professional dancer. The conservatory-style curriculum is grounded in classical ballet and modern dance techniques with exposure to newer and world dance forms. Supporting studies are choreography, music, dance history, anatomy and kinesiology, movement analysis and dance production. We are recognized around the world for our students’ exceptionally high performance and artistic levels, distinguished professional faculty, outstanding dance curricula, productive relationship with many international and national ballet and modern dance companies, the multicultural nature of our faculty and student body, and our excellent dance facilities. Information about the NWSA Dance program is available by calling 305-237-3582, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-237-3135.
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