Photo Gallery: Dancing with a star

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Photos by Casey Brooke Lawson

Students and members of the community got a rare opportunity to listen and learn from one of the former principal dancers with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed performing arts ensembles.

On Oct. 9, continuing a special partnership with the Sarasota Ballet and the Mellon Foundation exploring about the evolution of dance in America, New College invited Michael Trusnovec to campus to speak about Taylor’s piece, “Brandenburgs,” its structural and stylistic elements and how they speak to Mr. Taylor’s dance making. He shared some video excerpts, discussed the staging process, and entertained questions from the audience.

On Oct. 11, he taught a 90-minute master class, showing participants some signature Paul Taylor steps.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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