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SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Bryn Mawr and HavIdanLadderSMerford student dancers will take to the stage for the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program Annual Spring Dance Concert this Saturday, April 23 at 6:30PM and Sunday, April 24 at 7:30PM in Goodhart Theatre. Students will perform works by student choreographer Joie Waxler and by Linda Caruso Haviland, founder and director of the Dance Program and in a range of dance works by critically noted guest and faculty choreographers. They include: Hip-hop virtuoso, actress and singer Melanie Cotton; Colby Damon, former dancer with the Sacramento Ballet and BalletX; Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon, former dancer with Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble; Lauren Putty White, former dancer with Parsons Dance and Philadanco;  Linda Karash Mintzer,AFricangroup2015Med formerly with the Pennsylvania Ballet, who will restage a classic variation; and Vicky Shick, an internationally regarded NY-based dancer and choreographer, formerly with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. More detailed information on the choreographers is below. The concert runs under an hour and a half including intermission and seating begins 30 minutes prior to performance. The concerts are free and open to the public, and a reception follows in the Benham Lobby. For general concert information, please call (610) 526-5210

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Linda Caruso Haviland, founder and director of the Dance Program, earned her doctorate in Dance and Philosophy from Temple University, has performed her own work as well as that of independent choreographers in New York and in Philadelphia and danced principally with ZeroMoving Company under the direction of Hellmut Gottschild. Our critically noted guest choreographers include the following: Melanie Cotton studied with pioneering Hip-Hop legends Elite Force, Moncell Durden and Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell among others, and both studied and performed internationally with hip-hop great Rennie Harris. She directs a feminist Hip-Hop performance group, Women’s Revolutionary Vagime and has also appeared on regional stages as an actress and singer in comedies, experimental theatre and musical theater. Colby Damon is a former member of Sacramento Ballet and Ballet X and has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and independent choreographers. He has created choreography for Charlottesville Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet II and continues to perform his own work as well. Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon is a former dancer with two high-powered companies, Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, and has been choreographing for DANSE4NIA Repertory Ensemble. Vicky Shick is an internationally regarded NY-based dancer and choreographer. She has been nominated three times for NYC “Bessie” awards and won one for her performances with renowned choreographer, Trisha Brown, and another for choreographic achievement. Lauren Putty White has performed with Parsons Dance in NYC and, most recently, with Philadanco. She has made works for several companies including BalletX and co-directs Putty Dance Project with her husband and jazz musician/composer Brent White.

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Field Trip to Philly to see Seán Curran Company

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On Friday, April 8 join in to see a performance of the Seán Curran Company, a NY-based modern dance company.  Sean Curran is at home choreographically in the opera, theater, and dance worlds. His background in folkloric Irish dance and “downtown” contemporary movement styles (he was a lead dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane) affords him a vast palette of movement vocabulary that is innovative and engaging. According to the LA Times, “There’s no fresher, more invigorating new American dance now than the choreography of Sean Curran.” Tickets are just $10 for the group rate. The theater is very close to Suburban Station so the plan is gather together and take the 6:22 train to Philadelphia.  Bryn Mawr students can get free Septa tickets for the train at Guild; Haverford students have a similar arrangement on their campus.
If interested, respond to Mady Cantor (mcantor) by next Monday, March 21.

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Show No Show artists at Bryn Mawr

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Thursday, March 17 at 11:40-1:00pm in PEM STUDIO

We are delighted to sponsor a master class in conjunction with the dance performance, SHOW NO SHOW, a grant supported project that has developed across several months and two continents with in-progress performances in Russia and at American Dance Festival/Culture Mill in the US. It will culminate in a performance at the FRINGE in Philly, next weekend. SHOW NO SHOW is a collaboration between the project director, Gabrielle Revlock, an award-winning performer/dance maker based in NYC who has danced with Lucinda Childs, Susan Rethorst and Jane Comfort. (but formerly from Philly–she choreographed an ensemble work on our students in 2005) and Alexsandr Frolov. a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Yekaterinburg, Russia (see bio below).

The class is geared towards intermediate dancers and will include both technique and improv. The dancers will join us for lunch in Haffner afterwards for anyone interested in Russian language or in what’s happening with contemporary dance in contemporary Russia!  Questions? Contact the Dance Program at lcarusoh@brynmawr.edu

Aleksandr Frolov is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He graduated with a degree from the Liberal Arts University of Yekaterinburg and started the duet company Zonk’a with Anna Shchekleina. His work has been presented throughout Russia and he is frequently commissioned to create dances for other companies including the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre. His work has received numerous prizes including Winner of IX All-Russia Festival of Modern Dance. Currently, his work is nominated for a Golden Mask, the most prestigious award for performance in Russia. He was a dancer with Provincial Dances Theatre (Russia) and S’poart (France).

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Additional performances and events in Philly for SHOW NO SHOW:
Saturday, March 19, 1-3pm class at FringeArts $15
Class will start on the floor, sinking into our bodies. As we begin to move, expanding our kinesphere, we will generate warmth through sinuous phrases that extend, contract, roll, and slide. We will cultivate a power which motivates us to hungrily carve through space. From this juicy, sweaty place we will explore dance as a social art form, one that connects us to others. Through games and playful activities we will create partner dances that keep us in the present moment and tap into sensation and imagery. Expect to move vigorously and have fun! Space is limited, RSVP recommended.
Saturday, March 19, 7pm performance of My Life at Shebang $10
My Life is an autobiographical work where themes of love, transformation, and time are filtered through the personal impressions of one man, based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Local artist Kristel Baldoz will also perform action is primary: a mode of making in the moment that looks at moving form as thinking form, feeling form as doing form.
March 24-26, 8pm performance of Show No Show, with Gabrielle Revlock, at FringeArts  March 24, 25,26 8PM, $15
Funny and unpredictable, this duet moves in the spaces between understanding and misunderstanding, play and power, tenderness and conflict.Promo video

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Ronald K Brown Masterclass photos

Photos taken of students and regional dancers in Ron K. Brown’s masterclass.  The following evening, his superb company performed Torch, Lessons: March (excerpt), The Subtle One, and Grace.

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RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE . . . masterclass, roundtable discussion, performance

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The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents Ronald K. Brown / Evidence in Dance and the Spirit on Friday, February 26, 8:00pm in Goodhart. Brown founded the Brooklyn-based Evidence in 1985.  His critically-acclaimed choreography incorporates modern dance, West African movement vocabularies, Afro-Caribbean dance and contemporary urban dance. FREE to tri-co students, faculty, staff but get get your tickets early from the Arts Office (off Goodhart glass lobby) or in the BMC Campus Center ticket giveaway on Wednesday, 2/24 between 11AM and 2PM.

A free MASTER CLASS taught by Ronald K. Brown will take place on Thursday, February 25 from 4 – 5:30pm in Pembroke Studio at Bryn Mawr College. If you are not already enrolled in the advanced modern class on that day, please RSVP with artsadmin@brynmawr.edu.

An informal BRUNCH/ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION with Ronald K. Brown will take place on Saturday, February 27 from 11am – 12:30pm in in the Dorothy Vernon Room, The Enid Cook ’31 Center / New Dorm.  Those without meal plans or passes are invited to purchase brunch.  Coffee/tea will be provided. Admission is free.

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Friday Drop-in Ballet Class

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The Haverford Dance Club and the Bryn Mawr Dance Program are once again sponsoring the Friday Afternoon Ballet Open Class for intermediate and above dancers…with Meredith Reffner-Callender former dancer with the Washington Ballet and Fort Worth Dallas companies and with the Pennsylvania ballet where she performed for nearly a decade in soloist and principal roles.

Fridays 1-2:25 PM in Pem Studio.

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Dance Faculty Concert Friday, February 5, 8:00 PM

 

They are your instructors and choreographers but they are professional artists who make work and perform in a world that stretches far beyond the campus. Come see what they do!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 8PM in the Hepburn Teaching Theatre, Goodhart
Free admission     call 610-526-5602 for information

Trained in classical FacultyDanceflyerballet, Colby has also added modern dance, Chinese martial arts, and yoga to his repertory of movement. He danced for several years with the Sacramento Ballet and then for another six with the exciting contemporary ballet company, BalletX, here in Philadelphia and continues to do great work with kids through their Dance eXchange program. An emerging choreographer, his works have been set on both university and professional dancers. This year, Colby is choreographing for our Ballet Ensemble.

Katherine is a Philadelphia-based dance artist, teacher, and the artistic director of The Naked Stark.  As a dancer, she has performed with multiple Philadelphia artists. As a choreographer her work has been presented in theatres stretching along the Eastern seaboard and produced by a variety of presenters in Philadelphia including FringeArts, Mascher Space Cooperative, and First Person Arts. This year, Katherine is teaching our beginning modern dancers.

Lauren is a sought after dancer who has performed with Washington Reflections, Urban Bush Women II, Parsons Dance Company and most recently, Philadanco. She has won awards to support her choreographic work, which has been set on both professional, regional, and university level companies. This year, Lauren is choreographing for our Jazz Ensemble.

Molly has received two National Performance Network awards as well as several awards and grants in her hometown of Chicago to support her choreographic projects. Her creative and performance work with her company, MadShak, has been seen throughout the US and Canada. This year, Molly, is teaching our intermediate modern class.

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Senior Project Performance

Sarah Cunningham, a McBride scholar at BMC and an independent major in Performance will present her movement, music, media project on Sunday February 7 in Pem Studio at 5:30 PM.  SEATING IS LIMITED and RESERVATIONS are necessary (reservations@brynmawr.edu).
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SPRING DANCE FACULTY

In addition to our terrific faculty instructors and guest choreographers who are returning in the Spring, here are dance artists either new to our Program or returning after being away (you can check all of our faculty  bios at http://www.brynmawr.edu/dance/people/):

KC chun manning smKC Chun Manning received her MFA in Dance in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while simultaneously completing her certification at The Alexander Technique Center Urbana. Her professional performing credits include Susan Rethorst, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, Carolyn Merritt (Philly); kim olson/sweet edge, Maedée Duprès (Denver); Sara Hook, Jennifer Schmermund (New York) and Cynthia Oliver (Chicago), and she is currently working locally with Jessica Warchal-King. She is the Artistic Director of the collaboratively-driven, Fresh Blood, which has presented choreography in Colorado, NYC, and locally including, more recently, collaborations with Pasión y Arte Flamenco and Olive Prince Dance. She has served on the dance faculty at Temple and Drexel Universities and Bryn Mawr College, and as an Alexander Teacher for the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Beyond Philly, she has been a guest artist at West Chester University, Trinity College, Denver University, Bucknell University, and for breast-feeding moms at the North Suburban Hospital in Thornton, Colorado.

MelanieCottonSMMelanie Cotton returns to Bryn Mawr to do the Hip-hop ensemble but in addition to her formal training in ballet, jazz and African, Melanie has extensive experience in Hip-hop. From picking up dance on the streets to working in studios, Melanie has been able to study with pioneering Hip-Hop legends like: Buddha Stretch, Tweetie, and “BK” Terry (all of the Hip-Hop group Elite Force). Gravitating more towards the Funk styles of Hip-Hop (like Locking); she studied with Moncell Durden of MopTop dance crew and had the honor to work with the creator of locking Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell. She also studied and performed internationally with hip-hop great, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Melanie has also appeared on regional stages as an actress and singer in comedies, experimental theatre and musical theatre, including the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of In the Heights. In addition to this, she directs a feminist Hip-hop performance group. Check out this video to see Melanie, Dinita (who will do Hip-hop here next year) and Crystal who has taught for us in years past) https://www.facebook.com/rennieharrispuremovement/videos/1275569221284/

Denise Somrack D’Angelo, after her youth training in Cleveland, denised'angeloOhio, came to Philadelphia on full scholarship to study with Lupe Serrano at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. D’Angelo served as an apprentice for one year, then went on to dance professionally with Pennsylvania Ballet from 1980-88, rising to the rank of soloist. Her favorite roles were from the classic ballets such as Swan Lake and Giselle, and also the Balanchine ballets, including Jewels, Western Symphony, and Serenade. She has been teaching and choreographing locally since 1997 at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy founded by one of the Dance Program’s earlier instructors, Lisa Collins Vidnovic.

Bethany FormicaSmBethany Formica graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994 and since then has worked with several New York City based companies including Sean Curran and Company, Pearson/Widrig DanceTheatre, and JoAnna Mendl Shaw and with Philadelphia based choreographers and companies such as Megan Mazarick,  Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Leah Stein Dance Co., Brian Sanders/JUNK, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Myra Bazell, Kate Watson-Wallace, Group Motion, and Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has also danced with Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre and Koncentrat in Poland and Melina Martin in Argentina among others.  Bethany has received grants and fellowships  for her own work as well including support from prestigious institutions such as the Independence Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Her work has been presented in Philadelphia, NYC and other US locales as well as in Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and England. Bethany has instructed or directed master classes and residencies in New York City and at MassMoca, University of the Arts, Temple University, Rowan University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Bates College to name a few and internationally in the Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Poland, and England.  She has also taught elementary and high school residencies and taught movement classes for schizophrenic patients at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. She is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theatre and the owner of Sawdust Siren creating beautiful wood-centric craft/arts.

Lauren Putty White received her BFA from University of the Arts inLauren Putty WhitemSM Philadelphia in 2005, winning both the UArts Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has performed with companies such as Washington Reflections, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Parsons Dance Company in NYC and is currently performing with the award winning Philadanco. She has also performed recently with Waheed Works and Stone Depot Dance Lab in the Philly Fringe Festival, as a guest artist with Carbon Dance Theater, and with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. She has set work on Washington Reflections Dance Company, BalletX, and has created solo and group work for Putty Dance Project, a company that she directs with her husband and jazz musician/composer Brent White. Proficient in ballet, modern and jazz, she has taught master classes at various colleges and universities and is currently teaching as well at Stockton.

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Dance Program Field Trip. . .DORRANCE DANCE

DORRANCEFRIDAY  DECEMBER 4  8PM   at the PRINCE THEATRE
Join the Dance Program on a field trip into Philly to see Dorrance Dance. Student tickets are $20 and the Program provides a free bus trip into the performance and back to campus. For information: mcantor@brynmawr.edu

 

 

The Boston Globe

“Michelle Dorrance is not only a dynamo in tap shoes but a compelling, imaginative choreographer as well. She and her company… performed… works that stretch the boundaries of tap.”~Karen Campbell

Arts Journal

“Dorrance, of course, is a marvel of intricate footwork, performed with almost goofy ease and good humor.” ~Deborah Jowitt

 The Chicago Tribune

“an odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap and modern dance that came off edgy, seductive and smart” ~Sid Smith

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