June 2013, Volume 17, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

Dancer Nora Chipaumire
Dancer Nora Chipaumire

MDC Live Arts Launches Professional Development Program

Dancer Nora Chipaumire and student
Inspring students when she taught a master class last season, Nora Chipaumire, left, returns to MDC this summer to teach in the Live Arts Lab, funded in part through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 MDC Live Arts is a beloved fixture in Miami’s performing arts community for its innovation and diverse programming, as well as its dedication to providing creative learning experiences for students, audiences, local performers and the entire South Florida community.

This summer, MDC Live Arts is excited to launch a new initiative, the Live Arts Lab, funded in part through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This professional development laboratory for local artists working in music, dance, theater and other interdisciplinary arts seeks to nurture local performing arts through intensive summer study alongside visiting practitioners.

With the addition of the Live Arts Lab, local artists can engage a master-level artist in their field for an entire month, enabling them to continue their education through Miami Dade College without having to enroll in a degree program.
The inaugural session featured acclaimed dancer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire of Zimbabwe, who was first introduced to South Florida audiences last year when she graced the stage during MDC Live Arts’ 2011-12 season. Classes will be held at MDC’s nationally renowned New World School of the Arts, and each monthlong laboratory will culminate in a public showing of individual and group workshop performances.

“Just like any trade, performers need to be engaged in ongoing training and practice to keep their skills sharp and to understand the possibilities for their work as they evolve as choreographers, directors, composers and performers of all types,” said MDC Live Arts Director Kathryn García. “As Miami’s cultural community grows, MDC Live Arts is committed to providing these kinds of intensive learning experiences in order to help develop a more vibrant local arts scene into the future.”

— AMS


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