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College Partnership Program

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What is thCollege Partnership Program?

The College Partnership Program (CPP) was launched by Dance Theater Workshop in 2004 to enable young performing artists to develop practical goals for survival and success as they transition from student life to the realities of the professional dance field. In 2009 the CPP split off from DTW to become its own organization, working with multiple partners in the dance community including DTW and Dance New Amsterdam.

The College Partnership Program has established a model of advocacy and awareness in the field of contemporary dance by fostering regular dialogue between college students, professional artists, faculty and arts administrators.

2012-2013 College Partnership Program

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Two choreographers, Danielle Desimone (senior) and Erin Weingand  (senior) showcased their work at this year’s College Partnership Program on Nov. 18th in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam! The picture above is taken from Erin Weingand’s piece entitled Endorphins.

2011-2012 College Partnership Program

Two young choreographers, Tia Di Pietro (senior) and Leigha Adduci (junior), have gotten the opportunity to present their choreographic work at this year’s College Partnership Program on Oct. 29th in New York City at Dance New Amsterdam!  The picture above is taken from Tia Di Petro’s work.


Dance Program Awarded an American Masterpiece Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Dance program was awarded a highly coveted $15,000 American Masterpiece grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the restaging and presentation of Tensile Involvement (1953). This is the signature work of legendary choreographer Alwin Nikolais.

Alberto Del Saz, the Artistic Director of the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company as well as Co-Director of The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, was in residence at DeSales University for two weeks. Heset Tensile Involvement on DeSales Dance Majors offered master classes and lectures that were open to the Lehigh Valley community.

DeSales dance students performed Tensile Involvement alongside the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company at the Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, Pa. Feb. 5-6, 2010; in the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert March 19-21, 2010 and will perform it again in NYC at Hunter College’s Sharing the Legacy program April 15-16, 2011.

Our performance in NYC at Hunter’s Sharing the Legacy festival was reviewed by the New York Times. See the article here: New York Times Article