“Dancing to Connect” in Beijing and Liuzhou

Ping Pong Productions receives grant from Danish Arts Council
December 21, 2010
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“Dancing to Connect” in Beijing and Liuzhou

“An international cultural diplomacy project that touches the hearts and minds of youth through dance”

November 22-27, 2010: Battery Dance’s Carmen Smith and Tadej Brdnik together with teachers from BeijingDance/LDTX work with 40 students from a Beijing migrant school, thanks to support from the Luce Foundation. Photos Here!

December 1-6, 2010: Battery Dance’s Carmen Smith and teachers from Guangdong Modern Dance Company work with students at a minority school in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, thanks to support from the US Consulate in Guangzhou and the US Embassy in Beijing.

Dancing to Connect

Student Created, Student Performed. Kids feel they are taken seriously.

• An award-winning initiative created by Battery Dance Company that engages international youth in creativity and team-building through modern dance.

• DtC workshops started in Germany in 2006 and have since been held successfully in cities throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

• Local schools host Battery Dance Company’s dance teaching artists, in collaboration with local teaching artists, over a period of 6 days. Each team of teachers works with a group of 20 students, and school administrators allow for the clearing of students’ academic schedule for the duration of the workshop. Each day consists of students working collectively under the careful guidance of teachering artists towards the creation of their own choreography.

• The week intensive culimantes in a final performance in which the students present their dances for the public, their fellow classmates, families and communities, alongside the Battery Dance professionals whose performances complement the program.

• DtC encourages tolerance, team-work, self confidence, integration and inter-cultural understanding.

Special Thanks:
BeijingDance/LDTX and Sarabeth Berman
Guangdong Modern Dance Company
The Henry Luce Foundation
Consulate General of the United States Guangzhou