DanceUSF showcases skills to Hillel students

USFDance students, under director of Professor John Parks, will perform at Hillel Academy on Wednesday.
USFDance students, under director of Professor John Parks, will perform at Hillel Academy on Wednesday.
Published January 30 2018
Updated February 3 2018

DanceUSF professor and choreographer John Parks and three DanceUSF dancers will perform for Hillel Academy students Wednesday (Feb. 7) and discuss with them the art of dance.

The event takes place at 11:15 a.m. at Beth AM, 2039 W Fletcher Ave.

Parks trained at the Julliard School of Music and the Martha Graham School of modern dance and is a former dancer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York.

Accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten Council, Hillel is a member of the Jewish Community Day School Network and the National Association of Independent Schools.

The USF Dance program, housed in its own building on the USF Tampa Campus, is dedicated to training creative artists though classes and performances.

At any one time, approximately 85 dance majors train in ballet, modern dance, world dance, choreography and ballet history, among other topics. DanceUSF also produces two dance concerts a year featuring work by their faculty and guest choreographers.

Performing arts education is highly valued at Hillel Academy, according to a news release. In addition to taking professional workshops from visiting artists, Hillel students take music lessons by Patel Conservatory instructors and are treated to field trips and world-class performances at the Straz, On Jan. 31, students experienced opera at the Straz Center by attending the dress rehearsal of The Barber of Seville.

For more information on Hillel, go to [email protected] or call (813) 963-2242.

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