Dancing to Connect

5 - 13 March 2013
Free admission
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 19:00, the final performance of the 100 students from 5 schools of secondary education will take place on the Main Stage at the Onassis Cultural Center, as the culmination of the program Dancing to Connect.  The students will perform their works and the dancers of the Battery Dance Company will also perform. The event is free and open to the public, on a strictly first come, first served basis. The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event. The performance finishes at 21:00.
The U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre and with the support of the Organization for Culture, Sports and Youth of the City of Athens, present a ten-day educational program with the internationally renowned Battery Dance Company.  From March 5-13, 2013, the New York City-based contemporary dance group, which is on a tour of six European countries, conducts its signature arts education program “Dancing to Connect”. The programme boosts creativity and self-confidence and encourages collaboration through dance, while promoting tolerance, understanding and diversity.The specific programme marks the beginning of a coordinated effort by the Onassis Cultural Centre to promote the arts through educational programming in public schools of primary and secondary education.

The teaching artists of Battery Dance Company (BDC) conduct workshops for a total of 100 students, ages 14 – 17, in five different public schools across Attica.  BDC collaborates with five Greek dance teachers, sharing their techniques through practical training in the workshop process with the students. Five original pieces of choreography will be produced by the students during the 20 hours of intensive training, mentored by their American and Greek teaching artists.

Since its founding in lower Manhattan in 1976 Battery Dance Company has created nearly 100 productions which have been performed in the U.S. and on five continents around the world.  BDC also produces the Downtown Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running public dance festival.  In the realm of arts eduction, BDC has taught thousands of master classes and lectures, provided technical training, and conducted “Dancing to Connect” in 30 countries to date. Battery Dance Company’s history of outreach to diverse international audiences has earned it the reputation of being a leader in cultural diplomacy. Breaking down barriers between people, the organization aims to make dance accessible to everyone.

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