Past Faculty Leadership Grant Recipients

Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
Past Faculty Leadership Grant Recipients

Faculty Leadership Grants give UNCSA faculty extraordinary opportunities to explore new approaches to creative learning challenges; impact student learning outcomes; foster the capacity of faculty to lead; engage diverse stakeholders; and produce creative ideas, analysis, strategies and initiatives for further study or implementation.

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2019-20 Recipients

Division of Liberal Arts
Andrew Britt
Andrew Britt
Reconstructing Sacred Spaces in Afro-São Paulo

Reconstruction of sacred spaces in Afro-São Paulo through collaborations at UNCSA and in Brazil, with a focus on the oldest cemetery for enslaved Africans, located in the city’s Japanese neighborhood. Will include a 3D digital memorial and an immersive documentary charting how Afro-São Paulo has been demolished, dislocated and reconstituted over time.

School of Drama
Robin Christian-McNair
Robin Christian-McNair
VASTA Conference, Australia

Attendance at the Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA) conference at the NIDA prestigious conservatory in Australia. Will lead an innovative 75-minute "phonetic pillow" workshop in speech training and participate in an International Linklater Voice panel and meet with a group of international Linklater teachers.

School of Filmmaking
Bob Gosse
Bob Gosse
Konrad Wolf Film University Exchange

Funds will be used to expand and amplify the student exchange program for the School of Filmmaking’s third year students with the students and faculty at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg, Germany.

School of Drama
Janine Hawley
Janine Hawley
Intergenerational Women's Chorus

Starting an Intergenerational Women's Chorus with women from the Gateway YWCA outreach programs like Hawley House and Project New Start, their female children and female students in the School of Drama to join women of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds through music.

School of Drama
Cameron Knight
Cameron Knight
Shakespeare and Gender: Workshops and performance by Lisa Wolpe

Bring Lisa Wolpe, one of the world’s greatest Shakespeare actors and entrepreneurs, to lead workshops on the performing of Shakespeare with a focus on gender and identity. Wolpe will perform her one woman show and lead workshops with students on the demands of the industry and how to access and promote oneself.

School of Design & Production
Molly McCarter
Molly McCarter
The Motherhood Project Workshop

The Motherhood Project workshop, created by Moderate Woo, is an opportunity to engage the community of Winston-Salem and UNCSA students in the writing of a play centered around motherhood in America. Students involved as workshop coordinators, facilitators and artists will work with theatre professionals from across the country as well.

School of Music
Joseph Pecoraro
Joseph Pecoraro
Pecoraro Alexander Technique Teacher Training

Completion of the three-year, internationally-recognized training program leading to certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Alexander 'work' is an extraordinarily innovative process which teaches how to creatively engage body and mind to release harmful tension, improve skeletal use, coordination, confidence, voice production, overall awareness and general health.

School of Music
Saxton Rose
Saxton Rose
Video Production Bootcamp and Equipment Repository

Purchase microphones, stands, cables, an iPad Pro and pencil, and a portable recording device to provide practical instruction and the ability to record, produce and edit high-quality performance and instructional audio and video for music students. Instructional sessions on recording and editing facilitated during Intensive Arts.

School of Filmmaking
Julian Semilian
Julian Semilian
Andrei Codrescu film

Hire an editor, animator, sound designer and mixer and color-corrector, and create a website for a work-in-progress film about the life and work of Andrei Codrescu, poet, novelist, screenwriter, speaker and professor, widely known nationally through his NPR “All Things Considered” commentaries.

School of Design & Production
Wade Wilson
Wade Wilson
David Kneupper, Master of Themed Entertainment Composition and Sound Design

Master class with David Kneupper – world class composer and sound designer for theme parks and immersive entertainment at Universal Studios, the Walt Disney Company and others – on the process of creating a soundtrack for an attraction. Kneupper will use examples from a variety of projects that illustrate typical interesting issues.

School of Drama
Ann Louise Wolf
Ann Louise Wolf
Wolf Method Expansion

Expand The Wolf Method, a pre-literacy program for high need pre-k students, to ultimately reach more classrooms and train instructors. Includes attendance at the VASTA conference in Australia to present the program and research, trademarking fees and illustrations to create a cohesive and representative set of images used in the work.

2018-19 Recipients

School of Music
John Beck
John Beck
Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Artists

Present a lecture-recital at the May 2019 International Women's Brass Conference with Maria Serkin. Includes a female composer's call for scores competition for horn/percussion duo with the winning composition to be premiered at the conference and a UNCSA faculty recital; to be developed into an Intensive Arts workshop and materials for the Career Development Seminar.

School of Dance
Trish Casey
Trish Casey
Spiral Journey Retreat and SoulCollage Facilitator Training

Participate in an experiential workshop and facilitator training in the nationally and internationally recognized SoulCollage creative process work, with certification granted upon completion. SoulCollage work is a deeply imaginative, intuitive, and creative process that has been referred to as "visual meditation.” 

Division of Liberal Arts
Gail Clements
Gail Clements
Dialect and L2 Discrimination on the College Campus

Panel at Linguistic Society of America, January 2019. Explores dialect prejudice and its effect on professor/instructor and student relationships and assessments. The presentations move from awareness to exploration of programmatic solutions that move university communities toward substantial change.

School of Filmmaking
Bob Gosse
Bob Gosse
Konrad Wolf Film University Exchange

Funds will be used to expand and amplify the student exchange program for the School of Filmmaking’s third year students with the students and faculty at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg, Germany. In addition, working this year to formalize a faculty exchange program.

School of Music
Steven LaCosse
Steven LaCosse
Mama Laudincina Act I Workshop Premier

Bring a composer and librettist to UNCSA as part of the Undergraduate Opera Workshop (March 2019), which provides the opportunity to produce a new work that gives students a chance to create a role and an artistic creative community.

School of Filmmaking
Timothy McCann
Tim McCann
Konrad Wolf Film University Exchange

Funds will be used to expand and amplify the student exchange program for the School of Filmmaking’s third year students with the students and faculty at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg, Germany. In addition, working this year to formalize a faculty exchange program.

School of Drama
Andy Paris
Andy Paris
Devised Theatre Project 1

Seeks to unite students from all artistic disciplines on campus into a collaboration for a production in Fall 2019, based on improvisations in the Studio 3 Devised Theatre Class around themes of identity and self harm/self care. Will screen documentary “The Rest I Make Up” and conduct conversations and workshops with filmmaker Katie Pearl.

School of Music
Joseph Pecoraro
Joseph Pecoraro
Pecoraro Alexander Technique Teacher Training

Three-year, internationally-recognized training program leading to certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Alexander 'work' is an extraordinarily innovative process which teaches how to creatively engage body and mind to release harmful tension, improve skeletal use, coordination, confidence, voice production, overall awareness and general health.

School of Music
Brooks Whitehouse
Brooks Whitehouse
Low & Lower Collaborative Curriculum Residency Project

Low & Lower seeks to create new inspired works for teaching the art of string playing through faculty/student collaboration and mentorship. Alumnus and composer Bruce Tippett will write a work for cello, bass and string orchestra that will be workshopped and performed with UNCSA students and repeated with high school orchestras in North and South Carolina.

School of Music
Robert Young
Robert Young
Saxophone Pedagogy Videos

Release four saxophone pedagogy videos via YouTube and social media, to serve as an educational supplement for UNCSA saxophone students for the next several years. Similar to teaching videos Young released last year, which were both very helpful to UNCSA students and received more than 100,000 views world-wide.

Spring 2018 Recipients

School of Music
Jaren Atherholt
Jaren Atherholt
International Woodwind Intensive

Six guest artists will be invited for an innovative and unique on-campus event that seeks to advance creative learning, bringing together UNCSA faculty and students, guest artists, talented students from all over the country, and composers for a two-day intensive focused on incorporating new thinking into current performance practices.

School of Music
Tadeu Coelho
Tadeu Coelho
Improvisation as a Core Element in the Undergraduate Flute Studio Curriculum
Bring leading figures in the field of free improvisation to campus for master classes, lectures, and a public performance. These artists will engage with students, faculty, and administrators of the school of music to examine the role of improvisation in the 21st century conservatory curriculum.
School of Music
Michael Dodds
Michael Dodds
Italian Labyrinths
Visit several ancient, medieval, and early modern labyrinths in Italy to study and document them in situ; present a public lecture on this topic at UNCSA in Fall 2018; and incorporate this documentation into a Spring 2019 Liberal Arts course.
School of Drama
Dale Girard
Dale Girard
MASS –MartialArts Super Show
Attend the Martial Arts Super Show (MASS) and study current/best practices in execution and application of foundational martial art techniques for the application and implementation into the School of Drama stage combat curriculum.
Division of Liberal Arts
Elizabeth Klaimon
Elizabeth Klaimon
Aesthetic Immersion Project – Lincoln Center Education
Funds will be used to deepen her practice of the Lincoln Center Education (LCE) model through attendance at the LCE Summer Forum Learning Labs 2018.
School of Music
Nicholas Muni
Nicholas Muni
Masterclass in China

Teach master classes in acting for singers at music conservatories in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai in order to recruit top-level aspiring opera students to UNCSA, learn more about the growing market of western opera in Asia, and teac aspiring opera singers to understand the acting values and expectations in the contemporary industry of western opera production.

School of Drama
Susan Perkins
Susan Perkins
11th International Congress Alexander Technique
Attend the 11th International Congress in Alexander Technique (held every three years), which brings in top Alexander Technique masters in the world in order to bring new ideas, teaching methods, and artistry to the School of Drama students, as well as advance her own embodiment of the work.
Division of Liberal Arts
Krystyna Puc
Krystyna Puc
Conference Attendance in the U. K.
Attend the New Research in Dress History Conference, an annual conference sponsored by the Association of Dress Historians in London that presents innovative, interdisciplinary, and critical research papers in textile and dress history.
School of Dance
Jared Redick
Jared Redick
Paris Opera Ballet School's Cross Threads Teacher Training

Attend the Paris Opera Ballet School's Cross Threads teacher training program in Paris to learn more about the French style as taught in the Paris Opera Ballet School.

School of Music
Saxton Rose
Saxton Rose
Advanced iPad Pro Music Studio Teaching Setup
Purchase one iPad Pro, USB microphone, tripod mount, foot pedal, Apple Pencil, and a protective case to better serve his students and provide them with more opportunities and resources.
School of Music
Maria Serkin
Maria Serkin
50thInternational Horn Symposium Attendance
Attend the 50thInternational Horn Symposium which will allow her to attend numerous lectures, master classes, horn equipment displays, and recitals. These activities will broaden her knowledge of various horn pedagogical methods, new advances in horn equipment, and new repertoire for horn.
School of Film
Wade Wilson
Wade Wilson
Guest Artist Michael Tronic First Class
Bring Film Editor Michael Tronic to UNCSA to work with film students.
School of Dance
Abigail Yaeger
Abigail Yager
Aegean and Adratic: Extending Dance Beyond the Stage and Studio
Attend a workshop directed by Judith Grodowitz that combines Alexander Technique, stories and imagery from ancient Greek mythology, movement improvisation, spoken language and hands-on guidance.

Fall 2017 Recipients

Division of Liberal Arts
Laura Amrhein
Laura Amrhein
A Theory of Collaboration for Foundation Learning

Present a paper on “Foundations in Art Theory and Education” in the area of interdisciplinary collaboration at the annual Southeastern College Art Conference in October 2017.

School of Filmmaking
Bob Gosse
Bob Gosse
Konrad Wolf Student Exchange

Funds will be used to expand and amplify the student exchange program for the School of Filmmaking’s third year students with the students and faculty at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Babelsberg, Germany.

School of Music
Joe Pecoraro
Joseph Pecoraro
Alexander Technique Teacher Training

Funds will be used for a 3-year, internationally recognized training program leading to certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique—a process which teachers how to properly engage body and mind to release harmful tension, improve skeletal use, coordination, overall awareness and general health.

Division of Liberal Arts
Gail Clements
Gail Clements
Innovative Pedagogy in the Language Classroom and Preparing Graduate Students to Teach

Co-teach a mini-course, at the Linguistic Society of America’s conference, that transitions STEM-related fields’ innovative and evidence-based instructional practices and assessment to humanities classrooms.

School of Filmmaking
Inbal Lessner
Inbal B. Lessner, ACE
Parents in the Biz: How to Have a Life While Making Films

Introduce UNCSA Filmmaking students to professionals who are trying to “have it all” – both a career and a family.  The project will consist of a series of screenings and conversations that will explore the unique challenges facing working mothers, as well as fathers, in the film and TV business, and whether a work-life balance is possible.    

School of Filmmaking
Julian Semilian
Julian Semilian & Inbal B. Lessner, ACE
Fundamentals of Editing Online Course Initiative

Write a course in the Fundamentals of Editing, adapting and producing it for an online platform and publishing it.

School of Drama
Kirtan Coan
Kirtan Coan
Trauma and the Performing Artist

Attend a workshop in New York on the impact of breath, posture and trauma on performance, which will improve her ability help her student perceive the subtle holdings that constrict or block their full access to their physical instrument and emotional core.

School of Drama
Geordie MacMinn
Geordie MacMinn
Trauma and the Performing Artist

Pursue advanced, cutting edge training in how stress, trauma, and PTSD affect the nervous system and the whole body and mind.  These therapeutic methods will be integrated in to his work as a voice and Alexander Technique teacher.

Division of Design & Production
David Smith
David Smith
Lindsay Jones Masterclass

Bring award-winning New York sound designer/composer and alumnus Lindsay Jones (UNCSA 1992) to teach a week-long masterclass to sound students during the last week of February 2018.

Division of Liberal Arts
Hans Gabriel
Hans Gabriel
Opera and Community: Building Connections to the German-Language Opera Market

Bring German teacher-artists Stefan Rutter and Stephan Boving to UNCSA to offer their expertise to an expanded and multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders, from Foreign Language students and colleagues in the Division of Liberal Arts to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in Voice and Collaborative Piano in the School of Music.

School of Filmmaking
Tim McCann
Tim McCann
Konrad Wolf Student Exchange

The Konrad Wolf/UNCSA student exchange will bring a dozen UNCSA film student to Berlin for 12 days in May 2018.  Students will mount two short film productions in collaboration with Konrad Wolf film students.  This cultural exchange will broaden UNCSA’s film program’s exposure to alternative modes of production and to another curricular model.

Spring 2017 Recipients

Division of Liberal Arts
Laura Amrhein
Laura Amrhein
Gateways to Color Theory

Results: Amrehin participated on a panel at the conference where she discussed her innovative approach in teaching color theory.  She also shared her ideas with other artist and art historians on her book project, “The Gateways to Color Theory”.  They provided critical and insightful feedback for the books continued development.

School of Drama
Krisha Marcano
Krisha Marcano
Tap Instruction in New York City

Results: Through tap instruction, Marcano received a greater understanding of the genre of Tap and a language to speak as she choreographs Tap for on-campus musicals.  In addition, Ms. Marcano was able to increase her skill level as a choreographer and to make industry connections that will prove valuable to the School of Drama and UNCSA.

School of Filmmaking
Wade Wilson
Wade Wilson
Colin Wolfe Artistic Residency

Results:  Students shared their work and received feedback from Mr. Wolfe, participated in intimate master class workshops, and gained insight into the use of digital technology used in contemporary music production.  In addition, UNCSA gained exposure in the Research Triangle at MOOGFEST, statewide through a UNC-TV broadcast, and worldwide with MOOGFEST’s live streaming media partners.

Division of Liberal Arts
Janna Levin
Janna Levin
New Directions in the Humanities Conference, London, England

Results: Levin shared the interdisciplinary erosion course with a group of international peers in order to get feedback from colleagues on ways to improve the course before it’s taught again in Spring 2018.

School of Music
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Rediscovering One’s Own Heritage as a Means to Innovate

This project consists of a clarinet and piano lecture/recital at the College Music Society’s 2017 International Conference in July 2017.

School of Drama
Mollye Maxner
Mollye Maxner
Occupied Territories

"Occupied Territories" is a play that is opening Off-Broadway in October 2017.  Funds will be used for a three-week rehearsal period at UNCSA in July 2017.

School of Music
Robert Young
Robert Young
Unsettled, Unphased: A Classical Saxophone Recording Project

Undertake a professional CD recording, of which parts will be released on video via YouTube and social media.

Fall 2016 Recipients

Division of Liberal Arts
Gail Clements
Gail Clements
LSA Conference Attendance

Report: Clements offered a training opportunity at the conference in teaching and learning in English, foreign language, and linguistics circles, and provided a place for teacher trainees up to professors of all levels to discuss classroom experiences.

School of Music
Kevin Lawrence
Kevin Lawrence
Teaching Tour

Report: Trip was cancelled due to lack of funds.

Proposal: Research tour to explore the musical training, academic formation, recruiting and career preparation of high school students at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts.

School of Music
Christopher Lees
Christopher Lees
ConcertArt with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra

ConcertArt will simplify and focus the visual elements of a standard concert by removing visual distractions often present and help the audience “see” the music.

Division of Liberal Arts
Bruno Louchouarn
Bruno Louchouarn
Swannanoa in Brittany: Summer Study Program in Traditional Music and Culture Evaluative Exploration

Report: Project Postponed until Summer 2018.

Proposal: Explore the feasibility of a summer program in traditional music and cultural activities in Brittany, France for students of all music levels.

Division of Liberal Arts
Rosemary Millar
Rosemary Millar
Paper Presentation, Utopian Studies Conference

Report: Millar presented a paper—Rethinking the Island:  Space the Utopian Frontier in Star Trek’s “The Cloud Minders” and Star Trek The Next Generation’s “The Masterpiece Society”at the Utopian Studies Conference.

School of Music
Joseph Pecoraro
Joseph Pecoraro
Kanengiser Guest Artist Support

Report: The grant covered the fee for guitar guest artist William Kanengiser. Over 150 people participated in the Sunday festival with Mr. Kanengiser, and there was a large turnout for his recital.  His guest artist appearance is projected to positively impact the School of Music’s enrollment, student outcomes, and relationships with peer institutions, community teachers and the Guitar Foundation of America

Underwrite the fees for guitar guest artist William Kanengiser.

Division of Liberal Arts
Krystyna Puc
Krystyna Puć
GAME: Global Alliance for the Marginalized and for Equity Inaugural Conference

Attend the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for the Marginalized and for Equity (GAME).

School of Dance
Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Establishing European Exchange Programs

Visit five prominent European dance conservatories in Essen and Dresden, Germany; Paris; London and Barcelona with the goal of establishing exchange programs for students and faculty.

School of Music
Robert Young
Robert Young
Unsettled, Unphased: A Classical Saxophone Recording Project

Undertake a professional CD recording, of which parts will be released on video via YouTube and social media.

School of Music
Nathan Zullinger
Nathan Zullinger
Carissimi-Fussell Residency and Concert

Underwrite the fees for guest artists Charles Fussell and Richard Ollarsaba.

Spring 2016 Recipients

School of Music
John Beck
John Beck
Community Drumming and Chemo Brain

Update: From September–December 2016, Mr. Beck traveled to explore potential partnerships with universities offering music therapy degrees to assist in studying Interactive Community Drumming and Cancer Therapy Associated Cognitive Change, also called Chemo Brain. In November 2016, his Grammy Foundation Grant proposal reached the second phase of consideration ($20,000 request). There is also documentation to adapt undergraduate courses at UNCSA to help prepare students for graduate work in music therapy.

School of Dance
Trish Casey
Trish Casey
Lynn Newman – Visiting Guest Artist Residency

Update: This project brought Lynn Neuman, an artist and educator, to campus to participate in the DLA course "Erosion." Ms. Neuman involved the students in a creative process related to the course’s theme and spurred reflection and discussion on how artisits can make an impact in society.  She opened a lens to artists bridging their work in to communities, including civic engagement and art as it relates to the environment.

School of Drama
Robin Christian-McNair
Robin Christian-McNair
Kristin Linklater’s Sound and Movement Workshop

Update: Ms. Christian-McNair was able to deepen her voice work with continuing professional development and was inspired to learn more creative, organic ways of reaching her students in their speech and accent work.

School of Music
Tadeu Coelho
Tadeu Coelho
Flute Tour Gone Digital

Update: Three iPad Pros were purchased resulting in a more efficient way for performers to read from a score and not from their individual instrumental parts.    

School of Music
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Amor Brujo Postmoderno

Update: Fifteen UNCSA students gained skills on how to become leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in the arts by partnering with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and working with New York Live Arts Theatre.    

Division of Liberal Arts
Hans Gabriel
Hans Gabriel
Germany, Land of Opera-tunity: Developing the Fletcher German Opera Practicum as a Springboard into the Word’s Largest Opera Market

(Deferred to 2018) In the 7–10 days immediately preceding Spring Break, vocal coach and collaborative pianist Stefan Rütter and singer, Stephan Boving will come to UNCSA to work with Professor Gabriel, students and project partners in the Fletcher Graduate Opera Institute, Voice and Collaborative Piano.

School of Music
Meredith Hite
Meredith Hite
Woodwind Warm-Up Techno-Fundamentals

Update: Ms. Hite was able to purchase an iPad Pro and a wireless Marshall speaker to assist her students in hearing and matching intonation during their musical exercises with an amplified drone.  In addition, downloadable apps for the iPad made it possible to design new exercises using improvisation, choral tuning and mixed meters.

School of Drama
Mary Irwin
Mary Irwin
Resident Teaching Attachment for Ann Louise Wolf

Update: This project was part of a Workplace Attachment required for Ms. Wolf to receive her MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Ms. Wolf completed her MFA in July 2016.  She taught Voice to School of Drama high school students and assisted Professor Robin Christian-McNair in the Studio I sight reading class, Studio III college Accents and Dialects class, and Voice for Stage Managers.  Additionally, Ms. Wolf assisted on two mainstage productions, served as the primary dialect coach for another, and coached numerous smaller-scale workshop productions.

Division of Liberal Arts
Leanna Lawrence
LeeAnna Lawrence
UNCSA Ecological/Environmental Initiative: Phase II

Update: The class established a deepened sense of community previously never interacted at this level of objective intimacy.  The class developed a sense of empathy, and even though our campus is so insular, we overcame that concern—this element was a positive outcome that we could not have anticipated.  The course has initiated many conversations and has had a ripple affect among faculty and students.  Finally, we were shown how to merge activism with art to raise awareness of environmental issues in public infrastructures.

Division of Liberal Arts
Rosemary Millar
Rosemary Millar
UNCSA Voice (Student Newspaper)

Update: This project  resurrected the student newspaper that hasn’t been in existence since 1976 and officially became a student organization.

School of Drama
Robin Christian-McNair
Robin Christian-McNair
Kristin Linklater’s Sound and Movement Workshop

Update: Ms. Christian-McNair was able to deepen her voice work with continuing professional development and was inspired to learn more creative, organic ways of reaching her students in their speech and accent work.

Division of Liberal Arts
Betsy Towns
Betsy Towns
Graphic Facilitation Training

Update: During her training, Ms. Towns was able to begin acquiring the skills of graphic facilitation, initiate a process of bringing these new skills to the service of the UNCSA community, develop a tool to help build understanding and resolve conflicts, and build a foundation of visual working techniques to enhance her Art History teaching practices.

Division of Liberal Arts
Dean Wilcox
Dean Wilcox
Aesthetic Education Emersion & On Leadership and Learning: The SITI Summer Theatre Workshop

Update: Dean Wilcox accomplished training in Suzuki and Viewpoints actor training, spent a month as a student thinking about teachers and teaching, and made contact with SITI Company members that he would like to bring to campus.

School of Dance
Jennet Zerbe
Jennet Zerbe
Approaches to Classical Ballet Training

Update: During this project, Ms. Zerbe was able to exchange ideas with important, accomplished, and successful people in dance conservatory education.  In addition, she was able to explore technical skills and training that she had not previously encountered, and initiated discussions concerning developing exchange programs with these ballet schools.