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 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.