"Dancing to Connect" Comes to China
November 22-27, 2010: New York Battery Dance's Carmen Smith and Tadej Brdnik together with teachers from BeijingDance/LDTX worked with 40 students from a Beijing migrant school, thanks to support from the Luce Foundation.
December 1-6, 2010: Battery Dance's Carmen Smith and teachers from Guangdong Modern Dance Company worked 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.
About the Program
Dancing to Connect
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 teaching 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