Point Park has committed $100,000 in scholarship funds for JDWC attendees.
Convinced that the four-year education at PPU prepares dancers for life both on and off the stage, she proposed a partnership with the university, adding school auditions and scholarships to the JDWC mix.
With college representatives attending JDWC, Giordano says, young dancers can now see "not only the industry people, the commercial contacts, but they see that a college education is crucial.
For the first time, JDWC is offering special auditions for college dance programs and scholarships.
We're trying to broaden the spectrum," says JDWC artistic director Nan Giordano.
This JDWC will be the first without Giordano, who died last year ("Transitions," June 2008).
It was the first time at JDWC
for Jacobsen's nine dancers, ages 14-21, all of whom performed with great verve and humor.
held in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1998 was the first time that a "kids' class" was offered, and it drew children from all over the world.
It began in 1994 when the National Endowment for the Arts made a site visit to JDWC in Evanston, Illinois.
It's a complimentary explanation that refrains from attributing JDWC success to the talent of his performers, teachers, staff, or his own classic career as teacher, choreographer, and artistic director.
Contact: Nan Giordano, JDWC
, 614 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201.