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KNOWING DANCE and other lectures and conversations. . .

You do dance, you see dance. . . Want to know more about the cultural, historical, social, political, or art-related dimensions of dance???  1. Come to our lectures    2. Take a dance lecture/seminar course   3. Check out these events at neighboring institutions! 

AT BRYN MAWR: Visual Culture Series – November 1, 2017
College Hall 224  12:30-2pm  (Good!) Refreshments served
Mark Franko Chair, Dance Department, Temple University
“Can We Inhabit a Dance? Reflections on Dancing the ‘Bauhaus Dances’ in Dessau”

Eminent dance historian, Mark Franko, will discuss the reconstruction of Oskar Schlemmer’s “Bauhaus Dances” from the perspective of the spectator and the performer and in relation to architectural space. Scenes from Debra McCall’s film of “Bauhaus Dances” will be projected as part of the talk.

Click  Temple or UARTS  for links to their schedules of really interesting lectures, demonstrations, or dialogues at Temple University or University of the Arts in Philly, ranging from the famous drag interpreter of Martha Graham, Richard Move, to the French Rwandan choreographer Dorothee Munyaneza, or from Katherine Dunham and the diaspora, to NYC performance practices.

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Take advantage of the lively Philly dance scene through the Dance Program’s Dance TRIP (Ticket Reimbursement in Philadelphia) and Dance FLIP (Faculty Live in Performance) initiatives.  Dance TRIP provides support for seeing a dance performance, in any genre, in Philly.  Dance FLIP does the same for performances by your Dance faculty. BRING your receipt to the Dance Office in Goodhart to be reimbursed up to $10 per ticket. That can go far when student rush tickets for the pennsylvania Ballet and Annenberg Center performances are just $10. These programs are only open to those BI-CO students enrolled in a Dance class in this academic year.  Available until our yearly funds for the programs run out!

For More information, contact Professor Cantor,

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Bryn Mawr Dance Faculty in Philly FringeArts Festival

Silencing the Tides, is a work by Olive Prince that exists under and around a large sculpture fabricated from clothing by visual artist Carrie Powell. Tides is influenced by works as wide ranging as O’Brien’s The Things they Carried and writings by the 8th century Venerable Bede and is based on the idea of free will, juxtaposed with messages and metaphors from nature, evoking strong images of the ocean’s tide, the feeling of sand and the changing nature of the waves. 

Sept 16 at 5pm + 7pm       
Sept 17 at 2pm + 4pm
Ballroom Philadelphia
1207 Gerritt Street



Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround will premiere Everyday Saturday and also feature Jesus & Egun, proclaimed by Eva Yaa Asantawaa as a choreographic world she would want to live in permanently. These works are from Jones’ newest series, Plight Release and the Diasporic Body

September 22 & 23  7:30 PM
Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University
1801 North Broad Street, 5th Floor



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PLACEMENT AND AUDITION DATES (& dates for technique classes)

(September 5 for Composition and academic lecture seminar courses)

Students who are interested in taking intermediate or advanced ballet must attend a placement class on THURSDAY, AUGUST 31,  5:15 – 6:30 pm in the Pem Dance Studio.  Come dressed to dance (ballet slippers only); no need to prepare anything.

ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS  Generally for students working at intermediate or advanced levels: first year students are welcome.  Auditions are run as a class, no need to prepare anything.

Modern Ensemble with Olive Prince           Wednesday, September 6          4:10 pm    Pem Studio
Ballet Ensemble  with Felicia Cruz               Thursday, September 7              7:10 pm    Pem Studio

These ensembles plus four more offered in the Spring (Jazz, Modern, African, Hip-hop) and, often, one or two advanced choreography pieces, are shown in the yearly main stage Spring Dance Concert, this year on April 27 and 28. Students need to commit to semester rehearsals and to performance week rehearsals in the Spring.

Dance Outreach invites student dancers who have experience in performance in any technique to come to the information and movement session.
Dance Outreach  with Mady Cantor         Friday, September 8         4:40 pm    Pem Studio

Dance Outreach Project is an ensemble that visits schools in the Philadelphia area with lecture/demonstration programs featuring original choreography and music.
[Outreach Info/Movement session – contact for more information]

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Extracurricular Dance Groups – need rehearsal space? Meeting on 9/5

Extracurricular dance groups that would like to utilize Pem or Denbigh Dance studios for rehearsals should send a group representative to an informational meeting with Mady Cantor on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM in the GOODHART COMMON ROOM…   (

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Dance Composition final projects studio showing

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Bryn Mawr and Haveford student dancers will take to the stage for the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program’s annual Spring Dance Concert. . .

This year, nearly thirty students will perform in the works of critically noted guest choreographers including: Kyle ‘Just Sole’ Clark, former dancer and rehearsal director with Rennie Harris Puremovement, co-founder of Funky Sole Fundamentals, and co-Director of Just Sole-Street Dance Theater; Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon, former dancer with two high-powered companies, Urban Bush Women and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, ordained minister and educator, and choreographer with Danse4Nia, acgilmoredance, and others; Megan Mazarick, a Philadelphia-based independent choreographer, performer and teacher who has toured her work in the US and in places as far flung as Egypt, Singapore and Poland; Shannon Murphy, co-director of IdiosynCrazy Productions, a sought-after independent dance artist who has worked with a wide range of choreographers and a choreographer in her own right who has presented work in the US and Canada; Meredith Rainey, former soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet X who has won numerous awards and grants for his work that has been performed in both North and South American as well as European venues, presently co-director of Pitch-dance; and Madeline Cantor, Associate Director of the Bryn Mawr College Dance Program, former dancer with one of Philadelphia’s pioneering Modern companies, Dance Conduit, Director of Dance(Teaching Artists Group) and a board member of Dance and the Child International. Senior dance major, Joy Angelica Chan will present an excerpt from her work “InVisible”

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.



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DANCE PROGRAM information get-together

Tell your friends!

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Director of Dance honored

On March 30, Director of Dance, Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, was honored by the Performance Garage in Philadelphia–along with  Sharon Friedler, recently retired as Director of the Swarthmore College Dance Program, and Bayard Storey, distinguished emeritus professor of the UPenn School of Medicine and patron of the arts– for service to the Philadelphia Dance community.  Jeanne Ruddy, is Executive Director, Resident Artist, and Co-founder of the Performance Garage. Colleage, Bill Bissell, Director of Performance at Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, presented Caruso Haviland, and dance colleagues Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac provided a  section from their co-choreographed work (IN)VISIBLE as her performance component. Dancers are Brian Cordova and Donavan Reed. All photos are by Joe Lobolito.

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FIELD TRIP to see Jessica Lang Dance

Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 PM

Jessica Lang Dance is a contemporary dance company based in New York dedicated to “the beauty of movement and music.” A dance critic in the LA Times wrote that Jessica Lang “has the knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance — distinctive in its look, mood, sound and atmosphere.”  The Philadelphia program will offer these various universes in an array of highly musical and physically exciting dances, including Thousand Yard Stare, a riveting tribute to veterans set to a Beethoven string quartet. The title refers to the blank and bewildered gaze of the shell-shocked soldier returning from war. The Los Angeles Times notes the “ballet is spare yet evocative and gorgeous throughout.”

The performance is a matinee at 3:00; the bus will leave Pem Arch at 2:00. Tickets are $15 at a group rate; transportation is free.

If interested in this opportunity respond to this email asap, and then get a check (payable to BMC) or cash to my office in Goodhart 104B by April 3, but the sooner, the better.

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