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Putnam City Grad to Represent the United States at the Venice Biennale

Putnam City High School graduate Miles Yeung is among four top University of the Arts students selected to go to prestigious Venice arts events. Photo provided.

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Oklahoma Cityan among four top dance students selected for International Festival of Contemporary Dance

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Four University of the Arts dance students have been selected to participate in the Arsenale della Danza dance workshop at La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale), one of the world’s highest-profile celebrations of the arts.

Oklahoma City native and Putnam City High School graduate Miles Yeung, will join fellow University of the Arts dance students Tunai Jones, a senior, juniors Richard Villaverde and Arianna Henry and follow three UArts students selected last year to be the first American students to attend the dance workshops led by renowned artistic director and choreographer Ismael Ivo.

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

Arsenale della Danza is an intense combination of study and performance, a physical learning-by-doing process of research and exchange. Dancers spend six eight-hour days each week dancing and studying. In addition to working in the studio with top dance masters, participants will also be involved in on-stage activities and in a final performance to be presented in Venice.

The University of the Arts ( is a leading university dedicated the visual, performing and communication arts. Its more than 2,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on its campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

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