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The A.W.A.R.D. Show! – Artist Profile: Zornitsa Stoyanova

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Posted At : July 20, 2009 4:48 PM | Posted By : Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe
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zornitsaZornitsa Stoyanova, Philadelphia-based choreographer and founder of Here[begin] dance company, was never really into contests. She had two professional athletes for parents and played her fair share of sports growing up, but “was never all that competitive.”

In September, Zornitsa will challenge eleven other area choreographers in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2009: Philadelphia, but has mixed feelings about the show’s concept. How do you rank choreographers whose styles and goals are completely different? “I’m thinking of it as an opportunity to perform,” she says, “and a way to open up the dance audience.” And if she does snag the $10,000 prize, Zornitsa knows exactly where it will go: “I work with so many phenomenal people, and I want to pay them so badly. I’d pay my people first.”

Zornitsa’s formal dance education began at Bennington College in Vermont, where she enrolled after graduating from an American high school in her native Bulgaria. She began dancing at the relatively ancient age of fifteen, but…….

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