Category Archives: Dance
The dance program students recently wrapped up a fantastic performance of the fall dance concert “Celestial Glow.”
“Thanks for the Richland College faculty and staff who took the time to come see the show and support our student success in the performing arts here at Richland College,” said Gina Sawyer, dance director. “I am also appreciative of all the cast and crew who make our students shine!”
The production of the show was led by Gina Sawyer, dance director; Jack Fletcher, technical director; Ryan Burkle, light designer; Raven Lanuza Brown, stage manager; and Jeremy Haldeman, sound engineer. Dance faculty and choreographers include Cooper Delgado, Lauren Schieffer Holley, Jessica Murphy and Gina Sawyer. Guest artists include imPULSE dance project and Choreo Records Tap Company directed by Keira Leverton.
Special thanks also goes to Diane Hilbert, dean of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; Whitney Rosenbalm, marketing director; Paul Knudsen, photographer; Filip Sego, graphic designer and Phil Key, physical education.
Congratulations again on putting on a wonderful show!
Auditions for the Richland College fall dance concert will take place Friday, August 30, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Studio GO27. All Richland students are welcome to join us! What to wear? Come prepared to move in comfortable clothes. You will learn short dance combinations taught by the dance faculty. We invite dancers who perform contemporary, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Bring your dance shoes if you have them. On the day of the audition, arrive early to complete the dance audition form. The greater your availability, the more likely you are to be cast. You will only attend rehearsals for which you are cast. A student may perform in a maximum of three pieces. You will need to enroll in either Freshman Dance Performance: 1151 or Sophomore Dance Performance: 2151. The Performance Company—Those with previous training may be selected to dance with the Richland College Dance Company. These dancers will rehearse with a guest artist on Friday from 12:30-2: 30 p.m., and they will open the Dance concert with a featured piece of choreography. Hip Hop Crew—Dancers with an interest in hip hop may audition for the hip hop crew. Award-winning choreographer Cooper Delgado (Director of hip hop from Dance Industry) leads this group with special events on and off campus. Contemporary Jazz—Choreographer Lauren Holley Schieffer is a former Kilgore College Rangerette and Swingster with a Masters of Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University. Tap—International Tap Dance Choreographer Keira Leverton has performance credits at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater, the SkyDome in Toronto, and Wembley Stadium in London. She is a favorite with our tap dancers! Dance Director—Gina Sawyer will be directing her 21st Dance concert at Richland College this Fall. Gina is a former Dance Captain for the Tyler Jr. College Apache Belles with a Masters of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Dance Concert The Richland College dance concert will be held in the Fannin Main Theatre on Friday, November 8, with two shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free and open seating. Please contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to dancing with you! Gina Sawyer, Director Richland College Dance Program School of Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts www.richlandcollege.edu/dance P. 972.238.3775 E. GSawyer@dcccd.edu
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The Richland College dance program will present “Bella Giorno,” a multi-genre performance celebrating the awakening of spring, involving students and faculty in both choreography and performing roles, with two performances March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Dance genres featured in the performance will include contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop.
“There are many talented returning students in the program this semester,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “Our students and guest artists make this dance concert a must-see!”
Sawyer will direct “Bella Giorno,” with support from dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Shate Edwards and Julie Rowley. The show will feature guest choreographer Joshua Peugh, with guest performers Katelyn Harris with Rhythmic Souls, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, directed by Peugh, and Melissa Sanderson.
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance made its American debut in 2013 and soon after was recognized in the top ten of Theater Jones’ “2013 Review: The Year in Dance.” It is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. The company’s newest branch is based in north Texas and is led by Peugh, an internationally award-winning choreographer.
Harris, a Texas native, was a principal dancer with Austin-based Tapestry Dance Company from 2006-2010 and has been nominated several times for “best dancer” by the Austin Critics Table awards. She has received extensive training in a variety of movement styles, including rhythm tap, classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop, swing dance and hatha yoga.
Sanderson has performed in a variety of national and international festivals, and her choreography has been performed in California and Texas. She is currently a company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and co-chair of the Creation and Presentation Network of the World Dance Alliance – Americas.
The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students that values diversity and develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.
“Bella Giorno” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.
Richland College Dance Program presents the Sixth Annual Dance Jam Festival, Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the outdoor breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The Dance Jam Festival serves Richland College and the community with performances from all classes in the Dance Program. A summation of student learning throughout the fall semester is presented in the dance genres of tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary modern. Join us to celebrate and appreciate student success, the joy of dance, and the spirit of community here at Richland College. The Dance Jam is directed by Gina Sawyer with dance faculty Cheryl Callon and Julie Rowley. Guests include the Lakeview Centennial High School Dance Program under the direction of Crystal Post, and the Richardson High School Dance Program under the direction of Kelly Fishback.
Richland College is partnering with Woodbridge, a neighborhood adjacent to the campus, to host “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” an outdoor art exhibition created by Richland College art students, Oct. 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the intersection of Shadow Way and Woodlake Drive.
The artwork highlighted at “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” will involve painted wood surfaces, clay and wood sculptures. A jury of Woodbridge residents will award three scholarship prizes totaling $700 to participating students who show exemplary achievement in 2D and 3D art categories.
“We are so excited to partner with the Woodbridge homeowners association for this unique event and showcase some amazing artwork created by our talented art students,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College humanities faculty visiting scholar. “We are really looking forward to this event and cultivating an ongoing relationship between Richland College and the Woodbridge community.”
The event will be in conjunction with the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, taking place Nov. 3-7 on campus. The theme for the festival is “Moonstruck,” and it will focus on cultural celebrations of the full moon and the madness that the moon inspires.
For information on the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, contact Jennifer Rose at email@example.com. To keep up-to-date on Woodbridge and “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” follow @WoodbridgeHOA on Twitter.
Woodbridge announces art exhibit featuring Richland College artists on October 25. Stay tuned for more details.
— Woodbridge HOA (@WoodbridgeHOA) September 10, 2014
The Richland College Dance Program presents “Moonstruck” at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on November 7, 2014 in Fannin Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“Moonstruck” involves student and faculty performance and choreography in a variety of genres including contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Original pieces are created by dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer, Richland College dance director. The company guest choreographer is Jamie Thompson. Guest performers include Dallas Black Dance Theatre II under the direction of Nycole Ray, and Sean Smith.
Explore the allure and mystery of the magical moon this fall with Richland Dance Program’s “Moonstruck”. Join us to celebrate moon madness on November 7! For more information, call 972-238-3775. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.
From Belize, Central America, Jamie Thompson is a graduate of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi) where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. He received additional training from Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. His previous dance experience includes serving as dancer, choreographer and teacher for Belize National Dance Company and dancing with Talk Dance Company of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Thompson recently danced with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Aug 2010- May 2014). He has directed and choreographed four productions for the Rotary Club of Belize, benefitting The Gift of Life Program. His special community interests include working with organizations that work for the betterment and development of youth. Mr. Thompson is passionate about education and artistic excellence.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, directed by Nycole Ray, consists of 10 aspiring artists from around the nation. Since its inception, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II has grown in popularity and thrilled audiences with its fresh allure. Dallas Black Dance Theatre II provides an opportunity for young artists to develop their dance skills while serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and touring across the nation with dance performances of the highest artistic quality.
A proud Canadian, Sean Smith grew up dancing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Smith received his training from the Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia, and The Ailey School. Sean has performed with Mascall Dance (Vancouver), Ballet Creole (Toronto), and Bruce Wood Dance Project (Dallas). Currently in his 5th season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sean has performed roles choreographed by Christopher Huggins, Talley Beatty, and Alvin Ailey. Also a budding choreographer, Sean has used his uniquely clever and often comedic sensibilities to create works both locally and abroad to critical acclaim. Sean is thrilled and honored to be a part of Rhythmic Souls and hopes to continue to inspire through the art of tap dance.