Summer Dance Performance at the University of Saint Joseph

– “The Big Easy: AIMI Celebrates New Orleans”

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) recently presented the 10th anniversary season of its Arts Integration and Multiple Intelligences Project (AIMI) culminating with “The Big Easy: AIMI Celebrates New Orleans.” This spirited dance performance included original choreography, colorful costumes and scenery saluting the culture and dance inspired by the people and flavorful traditions of the glorious city of New Orleans. Pictured here are show participants in an energetic dance and musical tribute to Louis Armstrong, performed on stage in The Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium.

The performance was directed and choreographed by Kay Gayner of the National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City and conceived by Oscar and Emmy Award winner Jacques d’Amboise H’03 who serves as artist-in-residence. AIMI is unmatched by other summer arts opportunities in combining both instruction and show preparation within a short time frame; more than 50 children and 40 graduate students from USJ’s School of Education participated in the program.

View selected photos from the 2013 AIMI performance:

Credit: John Marinelli Photography

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