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Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘Bella Giorno’
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Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, directed by Joshua Peugh.

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.

Tap Dancer And Rhythmic Souls founder Katelyn Harris. Photo: www.rhythmicsouls.org

Tap Dancer And Rhythmic Souls founder Katelyn Harris. Photo: www.rhythmicsouls.org

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

Layout 1Richland 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 Partners with Woodbridge Neighborhood for “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” Event

Layout 1Richland 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 jenniferr@dcccd.edu. To keep up-to-date on Woodbridge and “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” follow @WoodbridgeHOA on Twitter.

 


Celebrate Moon Madness with Richland Dance Program’s Moonstruck

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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.

Guest Choreographer:

Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson

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.

Guest Artists:

Nycole Ray

Nycole Ray

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.

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

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.


Critically Acclaim Tap Dancer, Sean Smith, to Perform in Fall Dance Concert, Moonstruck

photoTap 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.


Richland Dance presents ‘Shazaam’

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.


Dancers triumph with ‘Bitten’

Richland College Dance thrilled audiences with “Bitten” on Nov. 8. The performance included student and faculty performances in contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. The Rhythmic Souls Dance Company, directed by Keira Leverton, performed as guest artists along with contemporary modern dancer and choreographer, Sunghun Lim. “Bitten” featured original pieces from faculty members Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer, Richland College dance director.

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Sawyer participates in performance art honoring JFK

Richland College Dance Instructor Gina Sawyer recently performed in H U G, a performance installation commemorating the anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

H U G was presented by MAP (Making Art with a Purpose) 2013 in Dallas on Oct 19. As a part of the Lamar Street Festival, H U G was performed as a healing act in marking 50 years since JFK was assassinated in Dallas. MAP 2013, a festival and exhibition in the greater Dallas-Forth Worth area, restores and preserves the environment, promotes social justice and advances human knowledge and well-being. The festival runs through Nov. 24.

H U G was created by physical artist Julie Troost in 2007. The unique and powerful performance art piece has been presented in New York; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; and Dallas.