Magazine article Dance Teacher

Becoming Dancemakers

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Becoming Dancemakers

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Last September, dance students at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx started a 12-week series of rehearsals to learn an excerpt from New Second Une by Camille A. Brown. Director of dance Rob O'Neill spoke with DT about this repertory project, led by Matia Johnson of Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

DT; How did you decide on the work of Camille A. Brown?

RO: Each year I look at the makeup of the dance company. It's a two-year commitment. They audition at the end of their sophomore year, and they commit to this dance major and study six hours a week during school. They get to do two rep projects. Last year was Doug Varone-I wanted for them to start to experience authentic partnering. This year I wanted to challenge them to have to move fast- to move as an ensemble and to really communicate with each other.

DT: How does New Second Line do that?

RO: It's a celebration of the culture of New Orleans that Camille created in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It serves a couple of purposes for the company. One is to see how a choreographer takes something in the world and shapes it into a piece. It was wonderful how she did this quite complex movement-especially for high school. Everyone dances, but they don't have to dance exactly alike, so it has personal interpretation. You must put yourself into this dance.

DT: Did they have any trouble with it?

RO: For some, the challenge is moving that fast and that intricately-weight shifts like you wouldn't believe. …

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