Join performers from the Spirit of Uganda in an East African Dance workshop!
Tuesday, March 4, 6-7:30pm, on the Concert Hall stage at the UMass Fine Arts Center. $10 general public, students and youth free, max 2 youth per adult. PDP certificates will be available to participating teachers.
This is a participatory workshop open to all levels and ages and taught by the performers you will see the next day! Thoughtful and full of energy, each of the performers speak English fluently and are eager to share stories and experiences with Americans. Come learn expressive and powerful East African dances directly from these professional youth from across the globe.
Teachers, learn about these dances and then learn to teach them to your students while including cultural contexts for the different types of dance. Dance students, add vocabulary to your movement repertoire and fine tune the movements you may already know.
In the words of Artistic Director Peter Kasule: “Dance and music in Africa are the Breath of Life. The deeper we breathe, the longer we live, and the more diverse and culturally rich we become.” Do take advantage of this opportunity and join us in breathing a little deeper with this extraordinary company.
Anyone may partake in this workshop, but pre-registration is required – please call 545-4160 to register or send email to email@example.com by Thursday, Feb. 27.
Ranjanaa Devi cordially invites you to a free concert of classical Indian dances on Saturday February 22 at 4PM at Studio Theater, Kendall Hall, Mt. Holyoke College. Titled, Devotion, the concert will feature a comparative look at two classical styles – Mohini Attam from the south and Odissi from the east of India. The three performers are part of the Nataraj Dance company and include two Five College Dance department alums who have been studying with Ranjanaa since the 1990s and a talented dancer studying at Brown University.
While this concert is a presentation for students enrolled in Devi’s class Dan 143, all are welcome to attend and get a deeper insight of these two vibrant dance forms so popular in the world today.
Thursday thru Saturday, February 20-22, 2014 at 8pm
Hampshire College Main Dance Studio, Amherst, MA
Tickets: $10 general, $5 student & senior
Reservations: 413-559-5889 or HampDanceReservations@gmail.com beginning Feb.10, 2014
Performance Handicapped Accessible
(Amherst, MA) Hampshire College Dance Program presents its annual Winter Dance Concert, which promises to be an evening of engaging and unconventional performance, February 20-22, 2014 at 8pm in the Main Dance Studio, Music & Dance Building.
Guest artist and Hampshire Alumnus Chris McMillian presents, Let there be… a collaborative creation with his repertory class that features flowing partnerships and captivating ensemble work. Ailey Picasso’s beautifully improvised solo considers the effects of habitual movement; first time contributor, Allison Gorbach offers a lyrical trio and Leah Valtin-Erwin debuts Occupied Trains, an energetic and clever exploration of Ukranian life.
Ellen Oliver’s, An Evening of Enchanted Alliance, examines the creation of and participation in collective identity. Miriam King’s duet focuses on boundaries of space and movement. Sabina Smith-Moreland submits two compositions; an improvised kinetic solo and a whimsical trio that employs quick-witted and humorous movement it its exploration of innocence and nostalgia. Nikko Koetsch’s solo Reasonable Doubt moves through the conflicts of self-confidence and doubt.
Don’t miss this thought-provoking evening of dance. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 559-5889 or emailing HampDanceReservations@gmail.com beginning February 10. Ticket prices are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors. Handicapped Accessible.
About Hampshire College:
As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others.
Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Smith College, Scott Dance Studio
Tickets are free
Middlebury College dance faculty member, Andrea Olsen hosts the Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance on Sunday, April 13 at 2 and 6 p.m., featuring collaborators in dance, music, light, and text. Olsen’s new book includes 125 images and 30 interviews woven into teaching stories and informational text, published by Wesleyan University Press. Created with colleague Caryn McHose, this book and the concert drawn from its pages is for anyone interested in living in their bodies with awareness. The celebration at Smith College, Scott Dance Studio Theatre features the talents and visions of eight artists from the book, including Five College faculty and Middlebury alumni. The Smith performance is part of a series of international events, with featured artists in the book from various locales performing together.
Artists in this event include performer/choreographers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Lisa Gonzales, Paul Matteson, Peter Schmitz, Andrea Olsen, Nancy Stark Smith, and Pamela Vail; musician Mike Vargas; and lighting designer Cathy Couch.
Reading: “The Place of Dance: Book Reading.” Saturday, April 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Window, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Co-sponsored by Contact Quarterly and A.P.E. Using The Place of Dance as a frame for the evening, author Olsen will read stories from her new book; introduce area artists that are present and referenced in various chapters through photographs, stories, and interviews; and discuss the overlapping circles of dance practice and articulation¾moving, writing, choreographing, and performing.
New work developed in ThDa 209, Modern Repertory, taught by Prof. Paul Matteson
and a new duet by Prof. Wendy Woodson performed by Paul Matteson & Chris Aiken
Monday, December 9, Holden Theater, 7:30PM
Free Admission. Open Seating. No Reservations Required.
Calling all Dance Faculty, students and enthusiasts,
Planning is under way and we are ready to officially announce the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.
What is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival?
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival is a four day festival of dance for professionals, students and dance enthusiasts. A ticket to SVDF will include 3 workshops/day (in your choice of technique, round table or lecture style workshops) for the four days of the festival as well as two tickets to attend performances for each ticket holder. The workshops will be taught by wonderful professionals from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. There will also be the opportunity to add some master classes to your schedule for additional cost. There will be opportunities to submit work to be shown and to volunteer for free access to the festival.
For more festival information check out the official announcement
Mount Holyoke College Studio Theatre
Tuesday, April 30 from 10:30am-11:30am
Independent Project Collaborations with Rachel (Eirie) Blair & Roger Creel
A first draft of a new half-evening dance created with Jen Pollins, James Morrow, & Candice Salyers
We’d love your feedback!
Alive With Dance's Presents Stripped, a production of exceptional works choreographed by eight UMass Amherst senior dancer majors and performed by dancers across the Five Colleges, on April 26th and 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Kendall Hall Dance Studio Theater at Mt. Holyoke College. Alive with Dance is a student run organization, which aims to produce a high quality artistic concert to showcase the works, choreographed by University of Massachusetts senior dancers. These performances provide the senior dance majors the opportunity to demonstrate their growth during their four years at UMass as performing artists and choreographers.
Student choreographers at the University of Massachusetts collaborate with dancers and musicians for a magical night of art at its finest. Original works by Rachel Aylward, Tara Brown, Bridget Cronin, Melissa Frascella, Megan Kelly, Brittney Laquidara, Katie Lovell and Rebecca Steinberg will be debuted. The works showcased in this concert range from topics on psychological disorders to the integration of art forms. The choreographers were inspired by their own individual passions and aspirations and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with an audience, bringing their visions to life.
Reservations may be made by calling (413) 545-2511 Ticket prices are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended.
Funding for this production was provided by Alive With Dance, a Registered Student Organization, as well as a grant from the UMass Arts Council.
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