Category Archives: Dance
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.
Tap dancer Sean Smith will be performing, as a guest artist, in the fall dance concert Moonstruck, Friday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. He will also be instructing a tap dance master class Thursday, October 23 from 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. studio in GO27.Sean Smith is a proud Canadian, who grew up dancing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sean received his training from the Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia, and The Ailey School. He has performed with Mascall Dance (Vancouver), Ballet Creole (Toronto), and Bruce Wood Dance Project (Dallas). Currently in his 5th season with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Sean has performed roles choreographed by Christopher Huggins, Talley Beatty, and Alvin Ailey. As a budding choreographer, Sean uses his uniquely clever and often comedic sensibilities to create works both locally and abroad to critical acclaim. He is thrilled and honored to be a part of Rhythmic Souls and hopes to continue to inspire through the art of tap dance.
The Richland College Dance Program will present “Shazaam” at 7:30 p.m. on April 11-12 in Fannin Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“Shazaam” will showcase innovative and diverse student and faculty performances that include contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. Richland College Dance Director Gina Sawyer describes the show as “a kaleidoscope of stimulating and electrifying dance, created and performed by student and professional artists.”
8&1 Dance Company, under the direction of Jill S. Rucci, will debut as guest artists at Richland. “Shazaam” also will include original dance works created by Richland faculty members Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Ms. Sawyer.
For more information, call 972-238-3775. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.