By Marisa Bellanca
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Brought to Florence by the Tuscan-American Association at Palazzo Florence, Welcome Day 2015 in the month of October used the creative art of dance to welcome study abroad students to the beautiful city of Florence. FUA students had the opportunity to participate in the performance through the coursework of their Dance Workshop class.

 

The Florence Dance Center, directed by FUA faculty member Keith Ferrone, performed wonderful ballet pieces to start off the show ranging from beginner to advanced levels. After these performances, something unexpected happened. This year’s Welcome Wave included something very spectacular and entertaining. What seemed like another performance put on by the dancers turned into a flash mob featuring members of the audience. It was energetic, fun and made audience members want to dance along. There were people dancing on chairs while others were doing jumps down the aisles. It was a surprising and exciting moment during the event.

 

The Florence Dance Center and Florence University of the Arts teamed up to create this dance. This included choreography by FUA faculty member Keith Ferrone, Marga Nativo, and Benedetta Ghiglia. The FUA students who performed were part of the FUA Dance Workshop class taught by Keith Ferrone. This class focuses on choreography and the analysis of movement. This was a great way to incorporate the study abroad students attending FUA into a performance with the dancers of the Florence Dance Center. All the groups of students did something different which made the performance so captivating. The FUA Dance Workshop students learn choreography reflecting the culture and art of Tuscany, giving their dance world a whole new perspective. Dance is different in every country and piecing two very different cultures together into one contemporary piece is a great way to welcome the diverse cultures into Italy.

 
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