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.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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