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Richland College Gets Groovy With Annual ‘Dance Jam’ Festival
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Richland College student Darrell Rodgers performs at the 2013 Dance Jam Festival.

The Richland College dance program will get audience toes tapping at the sixth annual Dance Jam Festival, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

A summation of student learning throughout the fall semester, the Dance Jam Festival will showcase students from all fall semester Richland College dance classes performing tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz and contemporary modern.

“Each year, our students look forward to showcasing their talents and all they’ve learned throughout the semester,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “The Dance Jam Festival offers them a chance to do that while celebrating the joy of dance and the spirit of the Richland College community.”

Sawyer will direct the Dance Jam Festival, along with dance faculty members Cheryl Callon and Julie Rowley. Guest dancers 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.

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.

The Dance Jam Festival is free and open to the public, and it will take place in the outdoor breezeway in between Lavaca and Fannin Halls on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.


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.