June 2015, Volume 19, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Imranda Ward dancing
MDC student Imranda Ward is one of the talented few nationwide who has been chosen to participate in an intensive summer program at the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Studying With the Stars

Imranda Ward
Imranda Ward

The rigors of dance training and artistic expression instilled through her studies at New World School of the Arts (NWSA) at MDC have prepared student Imranda Ward to shine at the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Summer Intensive Program.

Ward was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to take part in the three-week program in New York City, where she will have the opportunity to study a variety of dance disciplines, including ballet, modern, African, contemporary, jazz and tap.

Laying the Groundwork

During her time as a student at NWSA, Ward trained under Michelle Grant-Murray, associate professor and artistic director of the Jubilation Dance Ensemble at Kendall Campus. Grant-Murray opened her eyes to the existence of the summer intensives and encouraged her to apply.

“MDC prepared me well for the summer intensives with a strong foundation of excellent technique,” Ward said. “The program at Dance Theatre of Harlem is also very ballet and modern dance-based, much like the training I received at MDC.”

Broadening Horizons

In addition to rigorous dance classes, students of the summer intensives get to participate in choreography workshops, field trips to New York City cultural venues, Q&A sessions with accomplished guest artists and cultural exchanges with a variety of arts institutions. The program then culminates in a final performance showcase.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to improving my dance abilities and also having the chance to network with professional choreographers,” Ward said.

Currently enrolled in MDC’s Physical Therapy Assistant program, Ward hopes to join the roster of a professional dance company then later establish a career in physical therapy. Ward believes that her physical therapy education together with her dance experience will make her a unique medical professional who will understand both the science and artistry of how the human body works.

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