The Madeira dance program, directed by Michelle Sarson, hosted CityDance guest Master Teacher, Resident Artist and renowned choreographer, Jason Garcia Ignacio for several sessions in January. Mr. Ignacio has garnered many international and local accolades and awards such as “Top 20 Showstopper Artists” by Washingtonian Magazine. He was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and received scholarships to Ballet Hispanica of NY, The Ailey School, and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. He has choreographed and taught for dance companies and institutions in five continents as part of the cultural diplomacy of the US Department of State.
Mr. Ignacio challenged the Madeira Select dancers’ strength and stamina by choreographing an intricate dance piece, entitled, Stampede. The piece is a fusion of cultural dance movements from Asia to Africa, combined with modern dance. Stampede is based on animal behaviors including their natural characteristics, magnified senses, and their ability to act in unity when in danger.
“The talented dancers at Madeira were very generous with their time and dedication,” remarked Mr. Ignacio. “They worked so hard to meet my expectations, and I saw them sweat through it without hesitation. This is a sign that they have a good dance program.”
Madeira Select will be performing Mr. Igancio's piece at the Washington Area Independent School Dance Education Association showcase in March at Holton Arms School, and at Madeira’s Springfest in May. View photos here >>
For more about Janson Igancio visit his website at www.JasonIgnacio.comArts