Famed Argentinian Choreographer, Anabella Lenzu Holds Master Dance Class at Long Island High School for the Arts
Dance students at the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts had the pleasure of taking a class led by world-renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Anabella Lenz.
The master class program is part of the school’s ongoing mission to provide its dance students with inside look at the industries they are pursuing, and to introduce them to mentors within their chosen field.
Originally from Argentina, Lenzu has more than 25 years of experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As artistic director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, she draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance theatre in the interest of improving the human condition.
Lenzu instructed the students to listen to the choreography she has created, but to interpret it for themselves. “I love the diversity of the students here,” she said of the LIHSA dance students. “Some are shy, some more outgoing. I help them find their voices. It's a challenge for the teacher.”
Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world for opera, TV programs, theatre productions and by many dance companies. She founded her own dance school, L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. She currently conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College. She has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy.
“This was an exciting class, because it helped the students discover another character,” said LIHSA dance teacher Dina Denis Paolucci. “It’s not just dancing - there’s a deeper meaning to their movements. Ms. Lenzu is a creative being.”
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