CO/DA Trainee Program 2017

Performance Trainee Program 2017

As part of Company Danzante’s Arts Education Initiative and our community outreach & engagement activities this April, Co/Da continues with it’s 4th year of our Trainee Program.

This Trainee Program was established in 2014 as dance education initiative for eligible high school dance students training at Adagio Ballet School of Dance. Since last year we have extended the invitation to eligible middle school students.

They experience a look inside how a professional company works and an opportunity to learn and perform new repertory by a guest choreographer.

We had a short conversation with Madison Horwitz our guest choreographer for this year’s trainee program. This is the interview that we had with her.

CO/DA: Hi Madison, how are you doing today?

MH: Great!

CO/DA: What can you tell us about your work with the trainee program this year?

MH: It is titled Y.D.Y which is an abbreviation for the term “you do you”. People are very quick to share their opinions and experiences from their life, and assume that others will have the same experience. Not only that, but you’ll turn around and someone else will have a completely different opinion and/or experience. So for someone like me who likes to take people’s advice, it becomes difficult to decipher who’s experience to follow. Because of this I’ve been realizing that no one should follow anyone else’s path, but instead decide what sounds good to you, and care less about pleasing people or letting people down. No matter how hard you try it is impossible to make everyone happy, so this dance is about focusing on your own voice.

Trainees 2017

Y.D.Y by Madison Horwitz

CO/DA: Is this a new choreography? How did you come up with the idea for this piece?

MH: This is a new work. I am mostly inspired by the music before I get an idea, so that’s how it started at first. Then I got pictures in my head of how I wanted the beginning to go or certain sections based on the music. After that I just filled in the blanks! The idea in the first question above started to develop as I developed the movement. So It was kinda cool to be inspired in real time in the studio as I was teaching the kids. The story unfolded in front of them at the same time it was unfolding in front of me!

CO/DA: What else can you tell us about your experience in participating as a choreographer with Company Danzante’s Trainee Program? How does this translate into your own experience as a creative artist?

MH: Any time I choreograph it is such a telling experience. I often hear sentences come out of my mouth that my teachers used to say to me in the studio. It is not until now that I see the true value of what they were saying as I say it to other students. So as an artist it makes me want to find new ways to translate what I’m saying into my own body as well as finding new ways for the kids to understand it.

CO/DA: What are your thoughts about the opportunity that is being given to these young students? How relevant do you think this experience is for them?

trainees 2017

MH: This is a great opportunity for them. They will have real world experience when they are done being students that will get them through! I was always a pretty nervous kid, especially when it came to auditioning and working with new people. If I had had this experience as a student I feel as though I would have been more prepared as well as more confident.


About Company Danzante

Company Danzante is a professional repertory dance company based in Northern Virginia that presents contemporary dance by seasoned and emerging choreographers and performers of our time. Company Danzante’s goal is to promote excellence in contemporary dance with captivating dance productions and conceptual dance creations through an emphasis in the investigative creative process while supporting and nurturing the professional careers of passionate dance artists. Company Danzante serves the local community through engaging dance presentations, education programs, and outreach activities. 
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