A final farewell to SDI 2014

With the summer coming to a close, we asked Alan Alberto to take one final look back at FBP’s Summer Dance Intensive 2014.

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Alan Alberto, FBP Company Dancer

Alan Alberto, SDI 2014 director

As the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) 2014 at FBP comes to a close after 6 successful weeks I would like to congratulate everyone involved on a job well done. The students of the SDI 2014 performed wonderfully at WaterFire and the FBP Black Box Theater.
The Senior Program hosted 59 students from June 30th to July 26th and culminated with a collaborative performance at WaterFire. The Junior Program hosted 48 students with 2 final performances in the FBP Black Box Theater on August 8th.

Approximately 200 dancers from around the country auditioned for the SDI 2014. Auditions were held in 12 major cities around the U.S. The SDI 2014 National Audition Tour was sponsored by Motionwear. More than 100 male and female students attended the SDI 2014 from around the U.S. Nine students received full/partial tuition scholarships and several other students received financial aid to attend the program.

The Senior Program students were given the opportunity to perform at Providence’s acclaimed WaterFire. The evening was sponsored by RI Defeats Hep C. Our collaboration was a contribution of 5 dance pieces in a series titled “The C Project.” (Read more about The C Project from the contributing choreographers).

Artists from the FBP Company, Beth Mochizuki and Alex Lantz, joined the Senior program students for this special performance at Water Place Park. The goal of this collaboration was to promote awareness for recent discoveries in curing the Hepatitis C virus, through music and dance. The students performed wonderfully and were the talk of the town. WaterFire was attended by thousands of spectators who left in awe of our performance.

SDI 2014 students perform at WaterFire. Photo by John Simonetti.

SDI 2014 students perform at WaterFire. Photo by John Simonetti.

FBP company dancers Alex Lantz and Elizabeth Mochizuki perform at WaterFire. Photo by John Simonetti.

FBP company dancers Alex Lantz and Elizabeth Mochizuki perform at WaterFire. Photo by John Simonetti.

This was my first summer directing the SDI at FBP and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. It has been a true pleasure to work with all of the students, faculty, staff, volunteers, WaterFire, Motionwear, LaBrie Dance, and everyone who contributed to making this summer a success. I’m looking forward to seeing you again next summer!

Alan Alberto
SDI 2014 Director

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