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Who wins this year is anyone's guess!

I am really excited about this year’s NAT/D!  Each time we have held this biennial national competition we are always impressed with the talent of the finalists, but the level of accomplishment that each of this year's contestants brings to the competition is truly remarkable.

Photo: Tony Spielberg

Dominic Walsh had a 15 year career with the Houston Ballet before starting his own company in 2002. The articulation of the body that his contemporary movement style requires is something that classical ballet doesn’t often allow dancers to experience.

KT Nelson has had a 30 year career as a dancer and in that time choreographed 54 original pieces. KT’s piece focuses on relationships. The intensity of feeling and the electricity between the dancers is really palpable. I can’t help thinking that KT’s long career with ODC Dance Commons has influenced her vision for this piece, which is a sort of fusion of ballet and modern technique and energy.

Photo: Tony Spielberg

Nelly van Bommel trained in France and performed throughout Europe and northern Africa before landing in New York City. Her work has been shown all over the world and she was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Nelly’s piece is more athletic with dancers running in a wide stance. Pedestrian movements such as walking and crawling are plentiful.

Photo: Amitava Sarkar

After seeing each of these pieces in rehearsal, I will be anxiously awaiting the final count of text messages to see who wins. Don’t forget to bring your phones to cast your vote next week!

For more information on New American Talent/Dance, click here.


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