EDUCATION - CULTURE: Sixty young Saint-Martin residents dance with Broadway professionals


As part of the "Summer Intensive" program set up by the Art Saves Lives foundation, which promotes art, activism and culture, around sixty young dancers benefited from a week of dance lessons by Broadway artists.

This July 1st, the atmosphere was festive at the Samanna of the Belmond group located in Terres Basses. The cocktail reception was held concluding the week of workshops organized from June 26 to 30, 2023 by the Art Saves lives foundation in partnership with the Cobraced association and the Saint-Martin Tourist Office, which sponsored 16 flights for artist-teachers and paid in full for a full day speed boat trip around the island with lunch at Anse Marcel. In the presence of the Tourist Office team, including President Valérie Damaseau and Director Aïda Weinum, as well as the managers of La Samanna, the young people of Saint-Martin gave a dance show proving their great talent in front of the thirty-somethings. artists involved in the program. For this edition, which marks the 10th anniversary of the foundation, Art Saves Lives has brought renowned professionals to Saint-Martin, including Vivian Nixon, daughter of Debbie Allen known for her role as Lydia Grant in the series Fame and Dr Catherine Avery in Grey's Anatomy. Lessons in tap dance, violin, bass, classical dance and ballet, percussion, the young people selected by the territory's dance companies had a blast. To complete this rich learning and development seminar, Saint-Martin artists who have succeeded in the world of art and culture by incorporating new technologies offered motivational courses for young people. The Art Saves Lives Foundation is a cross-cultural exchange between experienced artists seeking to use their talents for positive change and young people in need who are introduced to global and local traditions so that they acquire the skills necessary to deal effectively with demands and challenges of daily life. _VX

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