"Next Steps" Bailar al Sol 2020 is a collaboration that will unite five aspiring young dancers from Puerto Rico with five BFA college dance majors from Montclair State University (MSU) in New Jersey, through a dance exchange program, culminating with a gala performance in Puerto Rico.
The first leg of the journey will bring the five dancers from Puerto Rico to Montclair to attend classes with the faculty and dancers from MSU and live a typical week in the life of a college dance major. Additionally, the ten dancers will be paired up to create five original duets to perform for the Gala in Puerto Rico. The ten students will then travel to Puerto Rico to prepare for performing in the “Next Steps” Gala. We look forward to the dancers from Montclair finding inspiration in the beauty of Puerto Rico’s rich culture, and contributing their talents to healing through the arts in a community that experienced great loss. Andrea Kramer, Ballet Mistress and owner of Ballet Forte NJ in partnership with Coqui Charities, successfully piloted a similar program last year titled “United We Dance,” creating a riveting cross-cultural experience for young dancers. Bailar al Sol Puerto Rico promotes and encourages the art of dance in Puerto Rico and creates a safe environment for young dancers to learn, thrive and grow. Likewise, the program offers dance students in New Jersey a very special way to contribute their time and talents to young dancers of Puerto Rico.
The dancers from Puerto Rico participating this year are: