Education and outreach are a critical to Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s efforts to build arts audience for now and in the future. Many believe that attending a dance performance is a passive experience but we disagree. Dominic Walsh’s choreography is engaging, inspiring and thought provoking.
Moving Bodies, Moving Minds is the best way we can describe the experience and is the core of our education and outreach programs. Whether teaching a ballet class to young students or professional dancers Dominic urges them to fully engage and understand every movement.
In June 2011, DWDT hosted its first week long Summer Intensive Workshop. In addition to daily ballet technique classes, students had the unique opportunity to work with Dominic Walsh and to learn parts of his choreography including The Whistling. Dominic created The Whistling for Ballet Austin’s 2010 New American Talent Choreographic Competition winning Audience Choice and Judge’s Award.
In December 2012, Dominic and Domenico will again travel to Italy where Artistic Director Maria Rosaria Vitolo Artistic Director of L’Arte del Movimento has invited Dominic Walsh and Domenico Luciano to teach Master Classes at their weeklong intensive beginning on December 17. In 2013 Dominic will be traveling to Nashville to stage The Whistling for the Nashville Ballet Company where he has also been invited to be a Guest Teacher for the Company, Nashville Ballet 2 and the School of Nashville Ballet from January 24 – February 16.
It is difficult to know how many dancers have had the opportunity to take a class, learn new choreography or work in a rehearsal with Dominic and Domenico. This is a short list of the places they have been and a few of the companies they have worked with:
- Torrevieja, Spain
- London, UK (London Studio Centre)
- Vancouver, Canada (week long intensive)
- Monterrey, Mexico
- Tokyo, Japan (New National Theater)
- Salerno, Italy
- Padova, Italy
- Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Sarasota, FL (Sarasota Ballet Company)
- Chicago, IL (Hubbard Street Dance)
- Wichita, KS (Friends University)
- Rock island, IL (Ballet Quad Cities)
- Houston, TX
- Rice University.
- University of Houston
- Emery Weiner
- Sam Houston University
- Houston community college
- Kingwood College
- Rowland’s Dance Academy
- Victoria Ballet Theatre
- Hope Stone Dance
One of the ways we reach our audience is through Open Rehearsals. Attending an open rehearsal provides an up close, personal view of Dominic’s creative process. As you watch him work with the dancers and listen to his descriptions of the work, the music and his ideas for the piece, you soon realize there is far more than meets the eye! This is a short clip from an Open Rehearsal held in May 2012.