Thank you for supporting the 2017 Dance Scholars
April 18, 2017
BENEFITING: AMERICANS PROMOTING STUDY ABROAD
EVENT DATE: Mar 31, 2017
As the world turns their attention to America and the new administration, 10 ambitious young dancers from Queens are determined to shine a light on the positive effects of cultural exchange and break through US-China cross-cultural barriers. The 10 young American dancers will travel to Beijing in April to take part in the 4th annual Youth Dance Exchange that aims to build lasting connections with Chinese and international dancers through their shared passion for dance.
This program is funded entirely from individual donations like yours. 100% of each donation directly invests in the 10 outstanding dancers selected to take part in an exchange program that will further thier professional trajectories and foster greater cultural diplomacy.
During the exchange the dancers will perform in a US-China performance and donors will have the chance to attend and witness first-hand the impact this experience can have. Donors based in Beijing that give a donation over $500 will recieve two complimentary tickets to the final performance that will take place in Beijing between April 13-15th (Date TBD).
"Cross Cultural dance is on a pedestal in my mind. Everyone's culture is beautiful and what's better than one beautiful culture is the unity of cultures. A portion of the world’s problems today have to do with unity and other people being looked down on. If something like dance has the power to bring cultures together and display how beautiful it can be together, then I’d love to be apart of that. A cross cultural dancer would be a courageous leader that has the potential and drive to change this world for the better."
Sadiyah Stephens, 2017 Dance Scholar
The Youth Dance Exchange is a unique experience for accomplished American high school dancers and top Chinese dancers to connect through a shared art form. The exchange aims to inspire cross-cultural artistic expression and showcase youth from the US and China collaborating in the arts.
The exchange brings talented students from Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA), a renowned dance school in Queens New York to Beijing for a one-week intensive training in Chinese folk and classical dance. During the program, the dancers take part in APSA’s student-focused language learning and 21st- Century professional skills training to enhance their learning experience abroad.
"Traveling to China gave me a new way to experience dance. I honestly can say that I am more open to watching and learning other styles of dance from different cultures around the world. I am able to incorporate the knowledge gained in and out of the classroom. I am thankful for the opportunity to travel to Asia twice, while still in high school. Being a part of the APSA Youth Dance Exchange was a major eye-opener for me. The opportunity to lead the dance exchange taught me that we’re able to communicate without using words when there’s a language barrier.”
Mia Brice, Freshman, Dance Major George Mason University 2014 and 2015 APSA Dance Scholar