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Photo: Richland College Dance Program’s ‘Moonstruck’

Two students dancing on stage

Richland College students Darrell Rodgers (left) and Natalie Brown (right) perform during a presentation of “Moonstruck” on Nov. 7. The production, performed in conjunction with the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, featured Richland College dance students and faculty, guest tap dancer Sean Smith and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II dancers performing a variety of dance styles, including contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Richland College dance instructors Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer also contributed pieces to the show, as did guest choreographer Jamie Thompson. Photo by Paul Knudsen.


Richland College Arts Fest ‘Moonstruck’ Celebrates All Things Lunar

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesRichland College will be looking to the night sky when it presents “Moonstruck,” the 2014 Richland Arts Fest, Nov. 3-7.

“The theme ‘Moonstruck’ is about the cultural celebrations of the moon and the madness the moon inspires,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College art faculty member. “We’re hoping visitors will not only have a great time, but that they’ll also come away with a greater sense of the moon’s importance throughout history and in current pop culture.”

Some of the festival’s highlight events include:

On Nov. 3, Humanities faculty member Aditi Samarth will be displaying student projects about mourning rituals in other cultures. Lois Parrot, Ph.D., Richland College’s 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching honoree, will also give an informal lecture about the crescent moon in art.

On Nov. 4, visitors can get their faces painted in the style of calavera candy skulls that are used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. In the east breezeway, the crowd is invited to participate in a spontaneous tap and modern dance performance.

On Nov. 5, the Richland College String Orchestra will be performing in the cafeteria. Participants are also welcome to give back and donate blood for the American Red Cross during the Harvest Moon Blood Drive.

The highlight of the Nov. 6 events is the full moon viewing party when the sun goes down. The art department and science department will host the party.

Moonstruck will culminate on Nov. 7 with a samurai sword fight and two performances of the “Moonstruck” dance performance at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., featuring dance students, faculty, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, guest choreographer Jamie Thompson and guest tap dancer Sean Smith.

Richland College’s social media channels are also hosting two contests that will run throughout the week: the “Crater-Quest Scavenger Hunt” and the “Man in the Moon Photo Contest.”

All Moonstruck events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Moonstruck and see a full schedule of events, visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/moonstruck/. To participate in the contests, visit www.twitter.com/richlandcollege or www.instagram.com/richlandcollege for more information on how to enter.


Richland College Dance Program Celebrates Moon Madness with ‘Moonstruck’

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesThe Richland College dance program will present “Moonstruck,” featuring the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, for two performances at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Fannin Performance Hall on the Richland College campus. Both performances of “Moonstruck” will be free and open to the public.

The production will feature Richland College dance students and faculty, guest tap dancer Sean Smith and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II dancers performing a variety of dance styles, including contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Richland College dance instructors Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer are contributing pieces to the show, as is guest choreographer Jamie Thompson.

“This is a great opportunity, not just for our students, but also for the public to experience what a powerful medium dance can be,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “Our guest artists have reputations for a high standard of excellence in performance, and we are thrilled to be able to share the stage with them.”

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.

Jamie Thompson earned a B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., and he received additional training from the Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. Most recently, Thompson dances with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Sean Smith received training from the Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia and the Ailey School, and he has performed with companies including Mascall Dance in Vancouver, Ballet Creole in Toronto and the Bruce Wood Dance Project in Dallas. He is currently in his fifth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, directed by Nycole Ray, is a semi-professional company founded in 2000 and consists of 10 aspiring artists. Continuously growing in popularity, the dance company allows young artists the opportunity to develop their dance skills while serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and touring nationwide with diverse, quality artistic performances.

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.


Richland College Partners with Woodbridge Neighborhood for “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” Event

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesRichland 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.