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The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a session at the week long program. 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.
The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a session at the week long program. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a session at the week long program. 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.
The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a session at the week long program. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
The drama workshop under the direction of Christopher Harbach, right, rehearses "Rabbit" by David Foxton at this year's Creative Connections. 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.
The drama workshop under the direction of Christopher Harbach, right, rehearses "Rabbit" by David Foxton at this year's Creative Connections. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
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.
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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
In the calligraphy workshop at Creative Connections, Vicenza's Alexandra Bass, Aviano's Levi Robertson and Lauren O'Brien of Naples work on their pieces. Finished works hang on the window behind them.  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.
In the calligraphy workshop at Creative Connections, Vicenza's Alexandra Bass, Aviano's Levi Robertson and Lauren O'Brien of Naples work on their pieces. Finished works hang on the window behind them. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
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.
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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Rota's Sofia Ortiz, right, and Ashley Calabro of Naples leap through the air during a  dance rehearsal at Creative Connections. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's week long event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts.
Rota's Sofia Ortiz, right, and Ashley Calabro of Naples leap through the air during a dance rehearsal at Creative Connections. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's week long event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Members of the drawing workshop work on there pictures at Creative Connections. 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. In the background finished works can be seen hanging on the wall.
Members of the drawing workshop work on there pictures at Creative Connections. 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. In the background finished works can be seen hanging on the wall. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Art works dry at this year's Creative Connections. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's week-long event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts.
Art works dry at this year's Creative Connections. More than 160 students from DODDS-Europe high schools participated in this year's week-long event that features 11 workshops in the visual and performing arts. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Incirlik's Emilia Klemcke , a participant in the video production workshop at Creative Connections, records the show choir as its instructor Donna Andre listens and watches the action on stage. 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.
Incirlik's Emilia Klemcke , a participant in the video production workshop at Creative Connections, records the show choir as its instructor Donna Andre listens and watches the action on stage. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a morning session at the week long program. 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.
The show choir at this year's Creative Connections rehearse a Browdway tune during a morning session at the week long program. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Wiesbaden's Stefan Diaz edits a video in the video production workshop at this year's Creative Connections. The students in the workshop produced three short movies and a video of all the days' activities in all the work shops. 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.
Wiesbaden's Stefan Diaz edits a video in the video production workshop at this year's Creative Connections. The students in the workshop produced three short movies and a video of all the days' activities in all the work shops. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
AFNORTH's Hailey Jenkins, Cassidy Harless and Eliska Volencove, from right, work on their art in the oil pastels workshop at Creative Connections. 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.
AFNORTH's Hailey Jenkins, Cassidy Harless and Eliska Volencove, from right, work on their art in the oil pastels workshop at Creative Connections. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Participants in the guitar workshop practice a song during a session at this year's Creative Connections. 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.
Participants in the guitar workshop practice a song during a session at this year's Creative Connections. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
In the watercolor workshop at this year's Creative Connections, Ashley Herndon of Hohenfels, left, and Emma Rook of Ankara work on their pieces. 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.
In the watercolor workshop at this year's Creative Connections, Ashley Herndon of Hohenfels, left, and Emma Rook of Ankara work on their pieces. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Under the direction of Cary Sand, second from left, the strings workshop practices Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" at this year's Creative Connections. 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.
Under the direction of Cary Sand, second from left, the strings workshop practices Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" at this year's Creative Connections. 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. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

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

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