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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 if you are interested in participating.

bulletDancing Uphill 2017 - 10th Year Anniversary
Thursday March 30 - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:30 PM nightly
and Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)

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.

Tickets: $10
You may purchase tickets in person at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office - 116 University Place, or by phone at 802-656-2094. No online sales.
At-the-Door Purchase: Cash or Check only.
For more information:

Dancing Uphill Alumni Celebration

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 with ideas, questions, or contact information!

bulletBorrowed and Blended: Intercultural Practices Using Traditional Korean Dance in Contemporary American Performance
April 4, 2017
Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge

Paul Besaw, Professor of Music and Dance

How do the traditional and contemporary come together in a present-day creation? How, in combination, can Korean and American traditions, artists, and aesthetics inform each other? This lecture/performance will highlight Besaw?s collaboration with American and Korean artists, using traditional and contemporary performance forms. The presentation will outline the questions, process, and results of creative research and practice that have driven much of his work in dance and theatre over the past four years, and will include the performance of three dances. The event will highlight performances by Besaw, Middlebury College dance professor Christal Brown, Vermont dance artist Avi Waring, and an original music composition by Middlebury College music professor Peter Hamlin.

Paul Besaw is Professor and Director of Dance in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Vermont, and he recently completed a semester as Visiting Professor at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul. He works collaboratively across dance, theatre, and music, and has helped found and lead the very successful performance groups Dance Tramp, Agnes Table, and The Solo Workshop. Most recently, Besaw has led Agnes Table in the creation of two original, bilingual, collaboratively-devised, movement theatre works with American and Korean artists; both have been performed in Vermont and Korea. In addition, he has studied traditional Korean dance with Kim So Yi, and has performed in works by Clare Byrne, Selene Colburn, Hannah Dennison, Polly Motley, and Jan Van Dyke.

A recording of this lecture will be made available on the College of Arts and Sciences website. Presented as part of the CAS Full Professor Lecture Series.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sally Bartlett at 656-3166 or

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.

  • April 8 - Lida Winfield

    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 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.

    bulletIndependent Study Student Showcase
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    More info 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 if you would like to present something!

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