breathtaking dance, infused with the kind of enthusiasm you see when the dancers absolutely love what they are doing.
Timothy O’Donnell won both the Judges’ Decision and Audience Choice Award in 2009. As part of his grand prize, he returned the following year his powerful Boléro, set to Maurice Ravel’s indelible score, which Milwaukee Magazine called “electrifying.”
Italian choreographer Enrico Morelli won the Audience Choice Award in 2017 with his emotional The Noise of Whispers. He is also the winner of numerous choreographic competitions throughout Italy and received the Silver Medal of the President of the Italian Republic.
Brazil’s Mariana Oliveira impressed critics and crowds alike with her world premiere inspired by the commedia dell’arte, Pagliacci, in 2017. She trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dance before founding Union Project Dance Company in New York.