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DODDS-Europe students explore their creative side at Creative Connections

The dance workshop at this year's Creative Connections finishes a piece during a morning session, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts.

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By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 8, 2013

More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year’s Creative Connections. The weeklong event features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts.

Workshops included drawing, watercolor, oil pastels, calligraphy, mixed media and video production in the visual arts while the performing arts featured dance, show choir, guitar, drama and strings.

Students in the drama workshop were rehearsing under the direction of Christopher Harbach “Rabbit” a dark piece by David Foxton. Under the direction of Cary Sand, the strings workshop practiced Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” while the show choir sang Broadway tunes.

The video production workshop was recording and producing three short movies and a video of all the days’ activities in all the workshops. In the oil pastels workshop many students were using shoes and boots as models for their works.

The musicians in the guitar workshop strummed traditional pieces but rocked out on Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”

The dance workshop mixed classical and modern figures and music as they moved across the stage.

No matter what workshop they were in, the students were a select group, chosen from a multitude of applications from across DODDS-Europe to participate in the annual workshops.

All the hard work during this week of immersion in the arts culminated with an art exhibit and performance Thursday night.

abrams.mike@stripes.com

In the mixed media workshop at Creative Connections Alexa Gunn of Hohenfels works on a self-portrait. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts.
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