More than 70 high school and college students from New World School of the Arts performed in this year’s International women’s Forum annual U.S. conference Opening Reception on October 24th. Set against a dramatic sunset by the bay, at the beautiful PAMM terrace, the performance not only welcomed but also surprised and delighted more than 800 guests from around the nation to beautiful Miami for IWF’s annual US Conference, with an inspiring medley from popular award-winning musicals.
“Incorporating a performance helped set the tone for the rest of the conference,” explained NWSA Executive Board member and past Chair, Maria C. Alonso, President & CEO of United Way, IWF member and Co-Chair of the Opening Reception. “When we first imagined the conference, particularly the Opening Reception, we aimed to create a warm and inviting welcome that would provide colleagues from around the globe with a taste for our diverse and exciting community. Our goal was to highlight the vibrancy of Miami’s cultural scene and the talent that is shaping our arts community. A collaboration with New World School of the Arts was the perfect fit, as these students will undoubtedly be our future leaders in the arts,” said Alonso.
Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at New World School of the Arts, worked with the students, other Deans and choreographers in to successfully bring this commission to fruition. She explains, “This is the first time that the NWSA music theater faculty and I have the challenge of creating a Flash Mob with our students. The process began four months ago with meetings to select the music, make decisions on how to use the large space effectively at PAMM, and schedule rehearsal time for students with an already very busy semester. The end result was spectacular - and it was inspiring to see all their hard work conclude is a burst of applause. I could not have been prouder of our faculty members, music director - Jeff Hess, choreographer - Herman Payne, and the 70 students who were involved in this event. The New World School of the Arts Flash Mob not only showcased the training NWSA students receive from the music theater, music and dance divisions, but it also demonstrated their ability to work effectively and professionally with students from other arts divisions.”
“As the music started, it was so exciting to see a sea of surprised faces, and even more fun to watch guests begin to move with the sound of the music,” said performer Emily Perrotti, a college junior from the NWSA music theater program. “Putting the Flash Mob together was a lot of hard work but incredibly rewarding - from learning the choreography to mastering the music. The show was so fast paced that we couldn’t believe it when it was over. I hope we get the chance to do it again!”
The International Women’s Forum is a global organization focused on advancing leadership opportunities for women, and empowering women to continue to break barriers and deepen influence in all aspects of society. IWF hosts two conferences a year, one outside, and one inside the United States. This year’s U.S. conference will attract more than 900 members and guests from 25 nations to Miami for this sold-out conference.
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature more than three decades ago and it is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through our partners NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. New World School of the Arts' rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in our community and our nation to become leaders in the arts.
Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, NWSA’s acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based scholarships such as the Gates Scholarship, Posse Foundation Scholars, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts, NWSA students have demonstrated over the years that a rigorous arts curriculum not only helps foster their passion and create the next generation or artists, but it also helps students engage and achieve excellence in any academic discipline.
New World School of the Arts has educated, trained, and cultivated a generation of artists who have become the artistic leaders of the future. Graduates from the high school and college programs of NWSA are award-winning artists, playwrights and performers with Academy, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Bessie Awards. They are influential painters, sculptors and graphic designers, and their work thrives in museums and galleries, as well as on stages and concert halls around the globe. Our alumni are a source of inspiration to young artists from all walks of life in our community and in our state, and their success is a testament of the possibilities that emerge when the right blend of support and resources are engaged.
Information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at nwsa.mdc.edu.