Elyse Cox, MFA student, attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, June 14-July 28, 2012. At the festival, Elyse performed in a world premeire work by Reggie Wilson. The piece debuted at the 2012 Footprints concert. Elyse also performed in a more informal side project with choreographer John Jasperse.
MFA students, Elyse Cox and Erin Bailey presented Same As It Ever Was at the American Collegiate Dance Festival Association’s National Conference. The students performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Elyse Cox choreographed the duet performed by both students.
MFA student Leslie Conner showcased her choreography entitled "Trivial Pursuits" (performed by Undergraduate Hanna Moore) at the 254 Dance Festival in Waco, TX, from Spetember 22-23, 2012. Leslie also taught creative dance July 23-27, 2012 for the 21st Annual Arts Adventure Summer Camp. The camp, held at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, OK, was open to students in 5th-12th grades.
MFA student, Melissa Sanderson, attended Ponderosa Dance's P.O.R.C.H. Performance Module Festival in Stolzenhagen, Germany in July, 2012. As one of twenty-five selected participants, she performed alongside international dance artists and took workshops from Meg Stuart, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and Jess Curtis. (read more about Ponderosa Dance)
Melissa Watt (MFA ’12) traveled with the cast of her variety show Mad Madam Mel's Magnificent Magical Mysterious Mundo and Movement Mélange to Big Range Dance Festival in Austin, Texas. Two works from the variety show performed at the festival: Dancer's Foot, a filmed commercial spoof, and La Familia Que, a soap opera parody. Performance dates were June 22 and 23 at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. (Read more about the Big Range Festival and Spank Dance)
Amanda Jackson (MFA ’12) and MFA student Brittany Lopez participated in the Dance Exchange Summer Institute in Washington, DC studying with movers of diverse experiences and abilities researching how the body acts as a resource to tell stories and enact change. They joined Matthew Cumbie (MFA ’11), the newest company member of the Dance Exchange, and performed in the Capital Fringe Festival at the end of the workshop.
Co-Directors of Big Rig Dance Collective, Whitney Boomer (MFA ’12), Crysta Caulkins-Clouse (MFA ’11), Amanda Jackson (MFA ’12), and Lily Sloan (MFA ’10), participated and performed in the Movement Fundamentals Invitational Coalescence in Decorah, IA. While in Iowa, they taught contact improvisation workshops at Luther College. (Read more)
Shelley Padilla, Adjunct Professor of Dance, completed her yoga teaching training in December 2010. She is now a 200-hr CYT, RYT registered yoga teacher. In addition, Shelley opened her own yoga studio in March of 2012. Her studio, Bridgewater Yoga, is located in Allen Texas and offers yoga classes for kids and adults. Information about her teaching philosophy and classes can be found at www.bridgewateryoga.com.
Undergraduate students in Alex Benavidez's hip-hop crew, Wrk’n Progress, performed and competed at World of Dance and showcased their work at the Move to Groove Ball. Alex recently choreographed and danced in a music video for artist Charlie B ft. P.Diddy's artist Los and toured with Pop recording artist Charlie B as his principle back-up dancer on his Universal Records summer tour. Alex Benavidez, alongside undergraduate alumni Kasi Kirkpatrick, were back up dancers for Pop duo Lady Jane at the World Star Hip-Hop show.
Alumni Lily Sloan (MFA ’10) taught a workshop on site-specific dance and contemporary technique in June, 2012, at La Bella Vita Arts Workshop in Livorno, Italy. (La Bella Vita) Lily recently collaborated on a multimedia performance project with Prathiba Natesan called Riverkind Humankind which performed at the St. Louis Indian Dance Festival.
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