Dimitri Chamblas Innovating 
Dance Education         
Dimitri Chamblas in a working session at Paris Opera with Etoile Dancer St├ęphanie Bullion
 
The World Dances  spoke with Dimitri Chamblas, California Institutue of the Arts' new  Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, while he was in Paris. He was there to perform as a choreographer and as a dancer at Palais Garnier and Palais de Chaillot, respectively. Trained at the Paris Opera ballet school from the age of ten, Chamblas entered the professional field of dance as an innovator at an early age and has been proactively creating new dimensions for the art form since. He was the Artistic Director of the 3rd Stage Paris Opera. He partners with Benjamin Millepied on film production, and curated the first 360-degree immersive dance film. We caught up with him to discuss his vision for the future of dance education at CalArts, the existing and potential links between European and American dance, the future of dance, and more.
 
" I like the fact that I keep up those connections in Europe," says Chamblas between rehearsals at Palais Garnier. "It's a way to create links between the United States and Europe, which is super fascinating for dance. I am kind of a link, actually."

Chamblas, who joined CalArts as the Dean of Dance eight months ago, is using these linkages to his students' advantages. His connection with choreographers in Paris and in the U.S., such as Boris Charmatz, Benjamin Millepied, and William Forsythe, allow him to bring these artists to work directly with his students as they would with professionals. "In Europe, you start your career as a professional when you're 17 or 18. In the U.S., universities are so developed that lots of dancers are still studying when they're 18-22," says Chamblas. "I don't know if that is the right time to remain a student. I want CalArts to be a new place for dance. I consider my students to be young artists--I cannot think of them as kids."

To foster students' professionalism, both in terms of their capacities and self-perceptions, Chamblas exposes them to residencies with choreographers and companies and real-life opportunities. For example, LA Dance Project was in residence at CalArts for four weeks, setting their own works and collaborating with students. This propels the students into the experiences of professional-level auditions and interactions with choreographers, and builds a performance repertoire for the school.

Read more about the opportunities, curriculum, and innovation at CalArts.
 
By Tamara Johnson
 

METdance: Diverse and Powerful
     
METdance performing in Katarzyna Skarpetowska's
Snow Playground 
 
METdance is a leading arts organization in Houston that excels in fostering and presenting diverse dancers and repertory. The company was founded in 1995 by Executive Director Michelle Smith, who performed and taught with METdance's preceding incarnation, The Delia Stewart Dance Company and Center. The World Dances spoke with Smith about her vision, company, supporting the Houston arts scene following Hurricane Harvey, and more.
 
How did METdance fare during Hurricane Harvey?
 
I've lived in Houston for 40 years and been through multiple hurricanes. This one was a doozy! We were lucky. We didn't have any physical damage and were actually able to house Houston Ballet for two weeks. Some of the smaller studios lost everything. We gave a lot of studio space and time away for free because we had it. The impact on us was more financial. People aren't thinking about dance classes; they're thinking about having to fix their flooded cars or about how to eventually get back into their homes.  We've always had an open policy. Our space is a community space. We're tasked with making our space available whenever we can. It's not always free, but at that point, we didn't think twice. And Texas is known for that. If people are in need, we help. It's a Southern thing. We help each other out.
 
What's ahead for METdance this season?
 
Our first presentation will be "Where the Heart Is" November 16 - 18 at the Match which will focus on Texas choreographers and artists.  We have a full season of performances with six ticketed season performances plus some outreach. We also have two free performances, plus five additional free educational performances. The company had its third appearance at Jacob's Pillow in August. We were supposed to go to the Mid-America Arts Conference, but we couldn't get out of Houston during the hurricane. Additionally, we have a youth company that does several performances. We're always busy, always doing.
 
How has the company built its repertoire?
 
We're always on the lookout for choreographers. In any year we may have three or four new pieces created on the company because we are a rep company. We have Camille A. Brown's "New Second Line," and we're one of the few companies beside her own to have that. We have work by Robert Battle, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Rosie Herrera, Sidra Bell and many more. It takes years to get a lot of the choreographers. Our Artistic Director, Marlana Doyle, is fantastic. She does her research, and it's her people- - artists in their 30s and 40s now- - who are really creating the dance world now. Belief in what we do is key. I truly believe we're creating excellent work. I've gone to my board before to justify pieces they thought might miss the mark. They'll insist occasionally on more control over the creative process. I respond, "Nope, we can't do that. We would never create anything new. And here's a list of new creations we've performed that you all think are phenomenal."
 
Continue reading about the diversity of the METdance dancers and repertoire, Michelle Smith's advice for young dancers, what they look for in dancers for their company, and more.
 
 By Tamara Johnson

 
 
Applying to a College Program? 
How Parents Can Best Help
       
USC Kaufman Parents at Trojan Family Weekend with Director of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli. Photo by Heather Toner
 
Thank you  USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance  and  Rachel Walton  (BFA Class of 2019) for this valuable advice about how parents and students can best work together for a successful college application process.
 
Applying to college in general is a stressful time as a high school senior--add multiple dance auditions to the mix, and it can become incredibly overwhelming. I remember being so grateful to my parents for supporting me through such a stressful time. However, throughout the process, I learned that there were some crucial parts to my college applications that I had to do alone. College applications are the quintessential coming-of-age experience; a student's first large step in becoming an independent adult. Although parents are a great resource through the researching process, the best college applications let the student's voice shine through.
 
In Your Own Words

Most college applications follow the Common Application or some form of application process. It seems like a beast, but the process of filling it out is very simple (although quite time-consuming.) This application is crucial in helping college admissions offices get to know YOU. Honesty is key when filling out the Common App (or another college application) and only you know yourself well enough to answer each question. So many students worry about finding the "right" answers, but college admissions offices are looking for a true image of each applicant. It can be tempting to ask your parents for their opinions, but I encourage you to give each question your best shot first, and let your parents review your answers for clarity.

Continue reading Rachel Walton's advice about your college essay, how to brainstorm with your parents, how parents can support their college-bound offspring, and more!
 
 
 
 

TheWorldDances E-Newsletter Team

 

Publisher:  Karla Johnson

Editor:        Tamara Johnson

Producer:   Ester Rodriguez 

 
November 7, 2017
 
 
 
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Job Openings in the Dance World
 
Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Grantmakers in the Arts in NYC, and Texas Ballet Theater are among the organizations with multiple new job openings.  Trinity College in CT seeks an Assistant Professor for their Theater and Dance Department.  Wesleyan University is looking for an Associate Director for Programming and Performance.  METdance in Houston has an opening for their Development Director position.  Youth America Grand Prix is looking for a part-time Customer Service Representative.  Dance Alive National Ballet in FL is searching for the right candidate to be their Executive Director.  Baltimore School of the Arts seeks a Dance Department Head to start in August 2018.  You will find information about these opportunities amongst the 50+ current job listings on TheWorldDances.com.



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