MEN WHO DANCE encompasses an idea to explore all our cultural stereotypes and biases, good and bad and find opportunities to culturally explore and express ourselves.
When we began organizing Men Who Dance Global, Brazil became the natural choice to launch the project. Given the number and caliber of exceptional dance companies, and professional dancers who grace the stage internationally, we bet our best chances for a stellar premiere. We were not mistaken.
We were welcomed at the facilities of the Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, which operates under the auspices of Fundacao do Teatro Municipal, specifically Escola… (???). We were met with a highly professional team which were the key to a very successful event. The staff provided us with outstanding facilities, comfort, and health guidelines that enabled us to succeed.
With nearly 100 dancers applying for the 30 scholarship placements, the ICI team had a tough time deciding among so much talent. Among those 30, a smaller group of 10 were selected to participate in a special audition class to be presented to various company directors and professional school administrators. Of this group, three dancers were selected as finalists, with one being identified to perform at the main festival at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 27 & 28, 2021.