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Fall 2016

bulletLOOKING DEEPER (Fall Workshops)
The UVM Dance Program is partnering with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in presenting Looking Deeper, a contemporary dance workshop series that focuses on training and exploration in the art of improvisation. Each full-day workshop will be led by a professional dance artist from the greater Vermont community. Open to UVM students/faculty/staff and the public.

Fall dates and workshop leaders (the workshop time for each day listed is 10:00 am - 4:00 pm):

Improvisation Laboratories: These intensives focus on improvisation skills and the movement's relationship to self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome.

Contemporary Dance Intensives: These intensives at UVM are designed to support and strengthen to the skills and community of practicing contemporary dancers and dance-makers. For advanced contemporary dancers.

Location: Mann Gym (Trinity Campus)

Thanks to the UVM Humanities Center, UVM dance was able to obtain a grant that will cover the full cost of these events for UVM participants! So these workshops are FREE for UVM students/faculty/staff. Please contact csbyrne@uvm.edu as soon as possible if you are interested.

This series has received support from the UVM Lattie F. Coor Endowment and the Humanities Center.

bulletEnd-of-Semester Dance Showing (Fall)
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 5:45 PM
Southwick Hall Ballroom (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public

Presentation of class projects and independent student work including modern dance, ballet, hip-hop, Brazilian forms, and Argentine tango. Coordinated by faculty member Elizabeth Seyler. Contact eseyler@uvm.edu if you would like to present something!

bulletIN/VOLUNTARY MOTION
Paula Higa - MFA Thesis Concert
Friday, December 9 - 8:00 PM
Middlebury College - Mahaney Center for the Arts
Tickets $6-12, available online beginning 11/21.

In/Voluntary Motion investigates disabilities and disability culture. Paula Higa's choreography takes inspiration from dystonia, a disability characterized by involuntary, often spasmodic movements. Her study of dystonic movements, in collaboration with visual artist Neil Marcus, produced patterns and phrasing for this piece. Some may claim appropriation when able-bodied dancers embody disabled structures, but Higa asserts it is time to see and appreciate difference and be more inclusive by accepting people as they are and welcoming more movement variation into the dance canon. We all have something to offer, we can all inspire someone else, no matter our abilities or limitations. Higa aims to bring awareness to disability culture, ultimately questioning the perception of disability as a dysfunctional condition.

Original music by Patricia Julien, costumes by Winnie Looby, and lighting design by Jennifer Ponder. Photography by Derrick Senior.

bulletStudent Choreography Showcase #2
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Music Recital Hall (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public.

Come see original work by UVM student choreographers.

SPRING 2017

bulletDance Program - Spring Auditions
Date/Time: Monday, January 23, 7:30-9:00 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)

Come prepared to learn new dance sequences and improvisational structures. Emphasis on creating a comfortable environment where everybody can have fun and show the best of themselves!

Auditions for two projects:

  • DNCE 175 Dance Repertory: Guest Artist Nhan Ho will set a new dance work on students; to be performed in the annual spring Dancing Uphill concert (see event listing below).
  • DNCE 176 Dance Performance Practicum: Auditions for faculty member Paul Besaw's choreography and other student compositions performed in the annual spring Dancing Uphill concert (see event listing below).

(Note: if you have a time conflict that you absolutely cannot adjust, but would like to be considered, please contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu!)

bulletLOOKING DEEPER (Spring Workshops)
The UVM Dance Program is partnering with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in presenting Looking Deeper, a contemporary dance workshop series that focuses on training and exploration in the art of improvisation. Each full-day workshop will be led by a professional dance artist from the greater Vermont community. Open to UVM students/faculty/staff and the public.

Fall dates and workshop leaders (the workshop time for each day listed is 10:00 am - 4:00 pm):

Improvisation Laboratories: These intensives focus on improvisation skills and the movement's relationship to self, others, and the elements of space and time. All experience levels welcome.

Contemporary Dance Intensives: These intensives at UVM are designed to support and strengthen to the skills and community of practicing contemporary dancers and dance-makers. For advanced contemporary dancers.

Location: Mann Gym (Trinity Campus)

NOTE: There is a fee for these workshops, but scholarships are available for UVM community members. Contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you have questions about this opportunity or would like to participate.

This series has received support from the UVM Lattie F. Coor Endowment and the Humanities Center.

bulletGuest Artist Residency - Nhan Ho
February 14-20, 2017
List of Events: tbd

California-based dance artist Nhan Ho will be working with UVM dancers in the spring semester. His residency will include setting a new dance work on students for Dancing Uphill (see event listing below), as well as open master classes in contemporary dance technique and hip hop. Check back for details!

bulletAmerican College Dance Association 2017
March 23-26, 2017
SUNY Potsdam

Students, faculty, and staff will be traveling to SUNY Potsdam to attend the annual ACDA New England Conference. Student work from UVM will be presented and students will take part in a whole array of master classes.

Please contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you are interested in participating.

bulletDancing Uphill 2017 - 10th Year Anniversary
Thursday-Saturday, March 30 - April 1, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)
Tickets: $10 (cash or check only please)

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. Highlighting ten years of this tradition, the concert will also include a number of dance program alumni (see below for more information). The show is directed by Paul Besaw and will feature works by dance faculty/guest artists Paul Besaw, Nhan Ho, and Hanna Satterlee. Technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

For more information or ticket reservations, contact rkabilia@uvm.edu.

bulletDance Program - Celebrating 10 Years in Motion
Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017

Calling all UVM dance alums! In 2017, the Dance Program will celebrate the 10th year of our annual spring concert, Dancing Uphill. For ten years, this event has featured UVM student performers, choreographers, and additionally the work of faculty and guest artists in collaboration with students. We want to invite all of you back to celebrate this important milestone with us, and everything you have contributed along the way!

While we are still very much in the planning phase for this event, here is a partial list of some of the things we have planned:

  • Alumni performances in Dancing Uphill 2017
  • Open classes/workshops for alumni
  • Collecting stories of our shared dance history!
  • Reception, where we can toast the program's history and future!

Contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu with ideas, questions, or contact information!

bulletIndependent Study Student Showcase
April 2017
Date/Time: tba

bulletEnd-of-Semester Dance Showing (Spring)
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Southwick Hall Ballroom (Redstone Campus)
Free and open to the public

Presentation of class projects and independent student work. Coordinated by faculty member Paula Higa. Contact phiga@uvm.edu if you would like to present something!

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