Registration for Dance It! Spring Intensive 2017 10th Anniversary Edition is Open!

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Registration for Dance It! Spring Intensive 2017 10th Anniversary Edition is Open!

Dance It! Spring Intensive 2017 

Dance It! Spring Intensive is a week-long annual dance training program which takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria during the academic spring break. In 2017 it will be held between April 10th and 16th, at the Dance Station Studio at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, and with a stage performance on April 16th at Dom na Kulturata Iskar (Krastio Pastuhov St. 23,) showcasing the repertoire created during the six intensive days. The program is an international collaboration targeting young dancers from Bulgaria (mainly) and from all over the world with the goal to contribute significantly to their dance training – to build upon their existing technique, expanding and enriching it with the vocabularies and practices of several fundamentally different dance forms. It aspires also to allow the dancers to take part in a creative process, as well as to benefit from the international exchange and intercultural communication.

In the course of the week young dancers (advanced and professionals) take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents – professionals who are at the top of their career. They bring their unique expertise to the young dancers who do not have the chance to experience this in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in the creation of repertoire, which is showcased in the final day of the program.

The spring program closes with a final stage production – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned guest dance artists.

It also offers special master classes as well as public discussion events on relevant topics, which additionally enrich the program.

Each year several of the best dancers receive scholarships for summer dance intensive programs at renowned schools and companies in the US.

This is the tenth edition of the program. Since 2008, more than 1000 dancers from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal and the US have participated in Dance It! More than 50 young talented dancers have received scholarships for schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet School – Seattle, School of Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios – Los Angeles, Syracuse University – New York, Deeply Rooted Productions – Chicago and others. Many of our scholarship recipients are currently employed at dance companies in Italy, Germany and the US, as well as at Bulgarian national dance institutions and private dance companies.

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Dance It! Summer Intensive 2016 – registration is open

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New Teacher in Modern Dance Joins Us This Summer

“Dance It!” Summer Intensive Program will take place in Sofia between August 22 and September 2.

Register here.

untitled-6928This is a two-week long international summer intensive dance program which is an international collaboration targeting young dancers from Bulgaria (mainly) and from all over the world. It aims to contribute significantly to their dance training – to build upon their existing technique, expanding and enriching it with the vocabularies and practices of several fundamentally different dance forms. It aspires also to allow the dancers to take part in a creative process, as well as to benefit from the international exchange and intercultural communication.

In the course of two weeks young dancers (advanced and professionals) take classes in three different styles: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, and Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents – professionals who are at the top of their career. They bring their unique expertise to the young dancers who do not have the chance to experience this in their routine dance curricula. untitled-7216Each student also participates in the creation of repertoire, which will be showcased on the final day of the program.

This year our wonderful ballet teacher Paula Weber will have a class specifically for intermediate-level ballet dancers.

Paula Weber – BALLET (Balanchine style), Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Pedro Dias – MODERN, Munchen, Germany

Petur Iliev – CHARACTER DANCE, Pacific Northwest Ballet & Ballet Chicago

To register click here.

The Dance It! 2016 Summer Intensive will take place at Dance Station Studio in Paradise Center at 100 Cherni Vrah Blvd, 3rd floor, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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The program is being implemented with the financial support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.

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Outside the Frame – Fusion of Contemporary Dance, Live Music and Painting

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Friday, May 20th, 2016. 7 PM, VIVACOM Art Hall, 4 General Yossif Gurko St., Second floor

Free entry

IMG_1553Outside the Frame is an innovative art production which combines dance, live jazz performance and painting behind one artist’s creative concept – to fuse together different art forms towards a larger complex structure which surpasses the established boundaries of artistic expression. Choreographer Petur Iliev is the creative mind behind the project, and the whole show is a metaphor for his artistic attitude, mentality and capability: always searching, pushing the limits of tradition and convention, as both his choreography and complete shows demonstrate aspiration to challenge the comfortable and the familiar, to explore and experiment with new dance techniques and ideas for stage presentation.

At the core of the production are four dance pieces which combine several different techniques: ballet, modern, jazz and Bulgarian folk dance. They are set to music which has been especially created for them by the young and renowned contemporary Bulgarian composers Petar Ralchev, Svetoslav Karparov, and Konstantin and Alexander Wadigeroff. As such, the pieces carry in themselves a strong ethnic Bulgarian flare, which is a signature to Petur Iliev’s work. As a dance teacher and choreographer, his production expresses the unique combination of a background deeply steeped in the rich folk dance and music traditions of his family, and a long and successful career at some of the most distinguished US dance institutions. IMG_1481

Renowned pedagogue and choreographer Paula Weber from Kansas City Ballet is also a featured guest-artist in the production.

The Iliev Dance Company currently comprises of 12 dancers – young artists who are trained in different dance styles and able to perform the intricate steps and figures required by the production.

The musical element is a live jazz performance by Minimum Jazz Trio: Lilly Ilieva (vocal), Alexander Logozarov (guitar) and Dimitar Liolev (saxophone),
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who present their own original arrangements of jazz standards.

 

The whole experience is framed by the paintings of the young visual artist Tatyana Ilieva, who works with various media and explores the world of dancing and children, amongst others. TatyanaIlieva_Dancer Untitled-95-small

Concept and choreographyPetur Iliev

Guest-choreographer: Paula Weber, Kansas City Ballet

Composers: Petar Ralchev, Svetoslav Karparov, Konstantin and Alexander Wladigeroff

Dance: Iliev Dance Company

Music: Minimum Jazz Trio

Painting: Tatyana Ilieva

Dancers: Anastasia Andreeva, Simeon Atanassov, Yana Bodeva, Iren Veleva, Kalina Georgieva, Margarita Georgieva, Radosslav Yordanov, Georgi Kapitanski, Preslava Karaivanska, Bogdana Sergeeva, Mina-Vassiliya Stoyanova, Rossitsa Terziyska

With the kind support of VIVACOM and VIVACOM Art Hall.

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