Now in its sixth year, West Virginia University’s Summer Dance Academy has added new features that will bring opportunities to a wider audience of dancers and educators.

“We will present an even wider variety of classes in all three of our academies,” said Yoav Kaddar, professor of dance, referring to the young, teen and teacher academies that comprise the week-long event.

“With our ongoing programs for children from age five up to professional dance teachers, we will continue to have an exciting lineup of classes taught by gifted and experienced faculty that includes members of the WVU dance program and guest artists from far and near,” he added.

This year the academy is offering college credits for interested participants. Academy attendees may now earn ACCESS, college or professional development credits for their participation and work in the academy.

Barry Blumenfeld of the Dance Education Lab in New York will be a featured guest artist and instructor.

“WVU’s dance program is now an official collaborator with the Harkness Dance Center and Dance Education Lab at the 92nd Street Y in New York City,” Kaddar said. “The center is a hub for quality dance education and is known around the country.”

Dance Education Lab curriculum will be taught at this year’s academy as part of the program for teachers. Blumenfeld also writes the technology “Ask the Experts” column for Dance Teacher Magazine and will offer a special workshop on this subject. Participants will receive a Dance Education Lab certificate of completion at the end of the week.

The teen academy will benefit from two important guest artists, Pablo Piantino and Paula Peters. A native of Argentina, Piantino has studied at The Julliard School and the University of Washington and danced with San Francisco Ballet. He’s currently working with Hubbard Street Dance, restaging the works of choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Peters is currently on the faculty of the University of Washington. She performed with the Spectrum Dance Theater for 14 years.

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