2020 Virtual Summer Intensive Showcase
The Dancer's Journey
We chose to title our Intensive showcase “The Dancer’s Journey,” in response to the work that Composition teacher, Nathan Hirschaut, introduced to the dancers.
“I tasked the dancers with creating a short film that stems from their hero’s journey. Hero’s journey is a writing method that is used to help one organize a story. We used it to discover what we desire to change, how we would overcome any obstacles, and what it would feel like when we got there. It was a joy to see the passion and creativity amongst these young dancers.”
This project could not have been more timely for our students; the assignment was much more than artistic training - it allowed them to reflect on their own stories, feelings, and experiences while also navigating an unprecedented, and often unsettling, moment in time. I firmly believe that telling one’s story is a validating, cathartic, and transformative act of self care. And telling your story through a lens that you are passionate about, that is unique to your body, artistic expression, and voice, is incredibly powerful. Thank you dancers for sharing your stories, for your vulnerability, and brilliance.
And thank you for committing to the program! Which was a journey in and of itself. We are so proud of you for your dedication and growth, and for showing up in spite of the challenges of online learning. Your hard work, creativity, and openness, has inspired us, and while we couldn’t gather together this year, the feeling of community and home was still present. As we continue to navigate the changing scene, I hope you will take that feeling along with you.
Great work everyone! I look forward to seeing you in classes again, soon.
Development Director/Youth Program Manager
For the first time ever, due to pandemic conditions, we are entirely online as we move into our seventh Summer Intensive Showing.
While training, creating and learning dance online is far from ideal, the advantage of the situation is that it allowed us to bring high caliber professionals from around the country to work with our amazing dancers. The pride, gratitude and awe I feel for our dancers' dedication and perseverance is immeasurable.
I cannot express enough how thrilling it has been to watch them grow, learn and connect. These young artists are the future of dance, and the future is BRIGHT!
Much Love -
TWDCC Artistic Director
Over the past three weeks I have had the pleasure of introducing these young dancers to the work and unique choreographic style of Ronald K. Brown and Evidence Dance Company. I am always overwhelmed with pride when I see a dancer's transformation while learning this work.
This time was no different.
These young dancers were eagerly open and willing to try something new and they have done so brilliantly. Thank you to the TWDCC staff for all of your support and thank you to all the young dancers who have such bright futures ahead of them.
Rehearsal Director & Senior Dancer
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company
The Dancer's Journey
2020 Virtual Summer Intensive Dancers
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