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NWSA Alum Tarrell Alvin McCraney was featured in this article on the front page of the August 31st Los Angeles Times Sunday Arts & Entertainment section. Click here to check it out!


New World School of the Arts has selected a new dean to lead its award-winning music program. Dr. Daniel Andai, an internationally acclaimed professor and performer, will begin in his new post this August when classes resume at the renowned arts conservatory. Dr. Andai brings a wealth of artistic, academic and administrative experience to NWSA, having held leadership positions across the nation. As the Dean of Music, Dr. Andai will serve as the chief academic and artistic officer for the Music Division of New World School of the Arts, overseeing administration of both the high school and college programs in Music. "As an alumn and former violin professor at the New World School of the Arts, I am honored to have the opportunity to once again work with my wonderful colleagues and the talented high school and college students as Dean of Music," says Dr. Andai. "Being a native of the great City of Miami, I am proud of the values NWSA has shared with the community for over a quarter century, and I am committed to inspiring our future graduates to embrace those values and share them with the community for years to come!"


Rivkins Christopher, who graduated from NWSA's Dance Division this year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, received the Spike annual scholarship to attend the world-renowned American Dance Festival (ADF) summer dance program in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Spike, created by NWSA alumna Rosie Herrera and a colleague, Matthew Ferrara, is awarded based on an application, audition, and interview, and provides one NWSA student with the opportunity to attend this outstanding, international summer festival free of charge. The American Dance Festival, called "the world's greatest dance festival" by the New York Post, is now in its 80th year. Herrera, who had the opportunity to study at ADF, has provided a means for this eye-opening educational experience to be available to other New World School of the Arts students. "ADF is such a remarkable experience, I am currently learning a Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Rep entitled "Story Time" under the direction of Jen Nugent and also learning William Forsythe Repertory under the direction of Elizabeth Corbett. I am so honored and appreciative of this life-changing artistic voyage." - Rivkins Christopher


The Martha Graham II Dance Company in New York City recently performed a work created originally on dancers at the New World School of the Arts by guest artist Darshan Singh Bhuller entitled The Virgin Queen. Re-creating her role in that work was NWSA college dance graduate, Stephanie Fuentes ('13) who has been a member of Graham II for the past year. Stephanie said that she felt fortunate to have the opportunity to re-create this part and perform it in another context, saying: "Darshan Singh Bhuller is one my favorite choreographers," and noting her admiration for his ability to support dancers as they explore roles in differing circumstances, since, "as artists, we are constantly looking for growth and it's difficult to be satisfied."

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