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The philosophy of dance according to Alonzo King

  • 05.01.2017

Dream Up, the BNP Paribas Foundation's international program for education through artistic practice is moving to San Francisco. Active in 26 countries, it  follows today the educational project of dance of Alonzo King. The partnership between LINES Ballet and the BNP Paribas Foundation is 'vital', according to Alonzo King.

Teaching through confidence

As adults we plan, calculate and order our actions, relationships and lives. Children, however, live in the moment. They live in a wonderful magical world. This is something Alonzo King understands, as he remembers it well. As a child he was amazed by the grace with which his mother moved around the family's apartment. "One day I realised that there were two different but coexisting universes; what adults told me and the way their bodies expressed it. That was when I decided to dedicate my life to studying the language of movement," he explains in the building currently occupied by his ballet company in San Francisco. 

“ One day I realised that there were two different but coexisting universes; what adults told me and the way their bodies expressed it. That was when I decided to dedicate my life to studying the language of movement ”

Alonzo King

Choreographer and creator of the LINES Ballet Company

This confidence in the body and in movement, the words of the body, will never leave Alonzo King. It lives within him, acting like an energy. It has pushed him to scale the heights of the world of dance, from the School of American Ballet in New York to Fisk University in Nashville. Above all, Alonzo has infused this energy into the LINES Ballet Company that he founded in 1982

Expression through dance

Today, the LINES Ballet Company is one of America’s biggest dance companies. The BNP Paribas Foundation and Bank of the West (a BNP Paribas Group subsidiary) have been supporting the American choreographer's work for many years. Through DREAM UP, they support educational programmes run by Alonzo for young people from underprivileged backgrounds in San Francisco. By discovering the basics of choreography and dance with volunteer professional dancers from the company, they are able to regain a feeling of confidence in the future. Dream Up in California draws on Alonzo King’s experience and teaching to open these young people up to the world around them.

Discover what Dream Up does at the De Marillac Academy and Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, as well as the philosophy of dance according to Alonzo King. 

Dream Up in San Francisco

LINES Ballet Company

www.linesballet.org

LINES Ballet is a contemporary dance company created in 1982 by the famous choreographer Alonzo King. It has partnered with the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2010 and with Bank of the West since 2013.

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