JDWCJazz Dance World Congress
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The fifth Brunei-Pakistan Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) is scheduled tentatively for October/November this year and will become very useful in enhancing military and defence cooperation between the two countries.
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.
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.
"That is not my philosophy, nor was it my father's." Guest companies from abroad included Masashi Action Machine, the acrobatic Japanese company that is a fixture at JDWC; Mexico's Cuerpo Etereo Danza Contemporanea; and Danza Prospettiva Vittoria Biagi from Italy.
It was the first time at JDWC for Jacobsen's nine dancers, ages 14-21, all of whom performed with great verve and humor.
Contact: Ben Hodge, JDWC, 614 Davis, Evanston, IL 60201, (g) 847/866-9442, (h) 847/866-9228.
Since JDWC 2000 will be held at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, which is only a hop, skip, and jump from the border, we may see more of Canada's fine jazz dance companies next year.
Faculty will include jazz dance pioneer and founder of the JDWC Gus Giordano, current artistic director Nan Giordano, Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, Patsy Swayze, Joe Lanteri, Randy Duncan, and Patti Obey.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as for the fifth anniversary of Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress (JDWC), the fives have come together.
Contact: Nan Giordano, JDWC, 614 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201.