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The Richland College Dance Program Presents Illumination

Photo credit: Sharen Bradford

The Richland College Dance Program presents Illumination in Fannin Main Theater on Friday, April 5, 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. show. It’s free and open seating!

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company’s Dallas-based branch—led by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine“25 to Watch,” Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the “Best Dance Company” by D Magazine and Dallas Observer. The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta & Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. For more information, visit DCCDUSA.com.


The Richland College Dance Program is Proud to Host Cooper Delgado

 

Cooper Delgado is once again the choreographer for the Richland College Elite Hip Hop Crew for this spring. Join us for auditions this Friday, January 25, Noon-2: 00 p.m. Studio GO27.

Cooper Delgado: This Texas native has had a passion for dance since a very young age. He has been trained in various styles of dance from ballet, jazz, modern to his biggest passion for hip hop. Cooper first began at the age of 4 being trained in gymnastics at Concho Valley Gymnastics. Furthering his progression in gymnastics his family relocated to Dallas to further his training. Once Cooper’s family relocated to Dallas he began his dance training at the age of 8 to add to his repertoire. Following his achievements in dance, he went to college too and graduated with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management. Cooper has led a successful career in the hip hop world has led his team for the past 5 years at numerous victories. Teams have been lead to wins in Regional to National Championships, top recognition at Monsters of Hip Hop, Hollywood Vibe, The Pulse, Nuvo and placing 1st at the USASF Dance Worlds. Cooper’s biggest joy in his career is to not only share his love of dance but to mentor and develop dancers through every step of their journey. Cooper is for¬tunate to have his dancers be able to create a dance career all across the United States. His goal at DIPAC is to continue this dream, mentoring the new generation to truly find their craft and their place in this industry.


“I Am Woman” featuring Missy Burton at Brazos Gallery, Jan. 14-Feb. 8

See the “I Am Woman” exhibit in the Brazos Gallery Jan. 14-Feb. 8. Artist Missy Burton’s powerful photography series tells the story of individual women who are all connected through their womanhood.

According to her website, “The woman is where all human life begins. She is a mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, grandmother, wife and matriarch. She is a teacher, student, doctor, lawyer, nurse, artist, athlete and politician. She is a nurturer, yet neglected. She is fearless, yet she is afraid. She is hopeful, yet she is hopeless. She is powerful, yet enslaved. At times she appears superhuman. Her essence is her superpower, and she is the only reason your legacy exists.”

An artist reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 5. You can see the exhibit anytime the Brazos Gallery is open, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more about the “I Am Woman” exhibit here. For more information about the Brazos Gallery, click here.


Open Music Auditions, Jan. 9 and 18

Open music auditions for instrumentalists and vocalists new to the Richland College music department will be conducted Jan. 9 and 18 in Fannin Hall. These auditions are open to vocalists and students who play instruments, including the piano, drums, guitar, bass, woodwind, brass, string or other percussion instruments.

Instrumentalists: Derrick Logozzo, 972-238-6254 or derricklogozzo@dcccd.edu

Vocalists: Melissa Logan, 972-238-6284 or melissalogan@dcccd.edu


10th Annual Dance Jam Festival, Nov. 30

 

The Richland College community is invited to the 10th Annual Richland College Dance Jam Festival at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Hall. The Dance Jam Festival is hosted by the dance program and is directed by dance instructor Gina Sawyer. The outdoor event is a collaboration that brings together dance students and educators from local independent school districts, studios, colleges and universities to celebrate and appreciate dance. 

For more information, contact Gina at GSawyer@dcccd.edu.


The Richland College Dance Program is Proud to Host Keira Leverton Tap Dance Master Class

Kiera Leverton received her early tap training from her tap teacher Terry Wolter, and her grandfather, Buster Cooper. Later she sought the training of Acia Gray in Austin, Barbara Phillips in San Antonio, and Jay Fagan in Chicago. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project. She has had the privilege of studying with many professionals in the field, such as Derick K. Grant, Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Henry LeTang, Sam Weber, Nicole Hockenberry, Dianne Walker, Gregory Hines, and Yuji Uragami. In 2010, she received the Gene, Louise, and Fred Kelly Tap Teacher Scholarship. Leverton has performed at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Sky Dome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She toured nationally and internationally as a dancer and later as dance captain with “Barney’s Colorful World” from 2003-2004. She played “Bert” and various chorus characters in Sesame Street Live’s touring productions of “Elmo Makes Music“, and “When Elmo Grows Up” in 2007-2008. In 2011, she received the opportunity to travel internationally to Japan, Korea, Turkey, Europe, and the UK as “Grover” with “Sesame Street Live’s USO Experience for Military Families”, as a part of Michelle Obama’s project “Joining Forces”.


Outside the Toy Box Exhibit, Through Oct. 26

 

The Richland College community is invited to the Outside the Toy Box exhibit by John Hartley in the Brazos Gallery from now until Oct. 26. This exhibit was created to show characters influenced by Hartley’s surroundings. His subjects are diverse, as are his interests. His paintings combine his two passions, making art and collecting, that link the past with the present. Common threads that binds his art are time, nostalgia for the past, recognition of former achievements and moments captured in a glance. Hartley’s aim has always been “to create intellectually and emotionally significant statements of the soul.” For more information about Hartley, visit http://www.johnhartley.net/index.html

See the exhibit from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 26 in Brazos Gallery. You can also listen to Hartley talk from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Brazos Gallery.

For more information, contact Charles Coldewey at ccoldewey@dcccd.edu


Reference Librarian Rae DeShong to Speak at the DFW Archives Bazaar, Oct. 14

Rae DeShong: Courtesy of DFW Archives Bazaar

Reference Librarian Rae DeShong will be the first speaker at the DFW Archives Bazaar, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas. Rae’s talk, “Locating Research Material for Little Egypt: A Learning Experience,” will discuss the Richland College Library’s role in assisting faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan in tracking down the story of the 1870s-era community, particularly its founding family. Little Egypt was documented in a sheaf of papers that lacked citation, but resources for the post-Civil War African American community and associated families turned out to be fairly robust.

Since 2015, honors history and anthropology classes have been studying Little Egypt under the direction of faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan. Upon the end of the Civil War, several freedman’s communities popped up in the Dallas area. One of them was called Little Egypt, located in today’s Lake Highlands neighborhood. For additional information on Little Egypt, visit https://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2015/10/raising-little-egypt-two-richland-college-teachers-dig-into-lake-highlands-past.

To hear more about this project and other professionals helping preserve the history and culture of communities in North Texas, stop by the DFW Archives Bazaar for Rae’s discussion. More information on the event is at http://www.dfwarchivesbazaar.com.  


“Printed Nature” Exhibit in Brazos Gallery, Aug. 27-Sept. 21

The Richland College community is invited to “Printed Nature” from Aug. 27-Sept. 21 in the Brazos Gallery. Artist David Van Ness has been working with 3D printing and digital fabrication since 2005 and is fascinated with the medium. Although common in the digital art world, 3D printing and digital fabrication is a relatively new concept to apply to sculptures.

In his work, Van Ness has explored issues of creativity on a variety of different projects, and he uses vector geometry, data sets and a combination of the two. He is also looking at ways to combine data to alter perceptions and to re-imagine art. The Richland community is also invited to meet Van Ness at an artist reception at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Brazos Gallery.

For more information, contact Charles Coldewey at CColdewey@dcccd.edu.


Richland College Welcomes Guest Choreographer Kaley Jensen

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Welcome, Richland College Guest Choreographer Kaley Jensen!

Kaley Jensen was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a major in dance and minor in business. While there, she performed and toured with the Theatre Ballet Company all four years. Kaley has had the privilege of training on scholarship at programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Ballet West, as well as achieving academic and international talent awards at the World Dance Movement in Italy. Last May, Kaley completed her MFA in Dance University of Arizona, where she also deepened her passion for performing, educating, and choreographing.

Since graduating and moving to Dallas with her husband, Kaley has enjoyed freelancing as a performer and teacher with companies such as Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Collin County Ballet Theatre, and Chamberlain Performing Arts. She has also had the privilege of performing and choreographing for the national AGO conference for the last two years. Currently, Kaley dances professionally as a company member with Ballet North Texas. She is also a Ballet Burn and pilates instructor and is completing the Fletcher Pilates Comprehensive Program of Study. Kaley is thrilled to be back in the collegiate setting as a guest choreographer for Richland College this fall.