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"Odissi Stars at a Dance Festival in Chennai, India" - Read the recent article in the New York Times regarding the Nrityagram company, which will be in residence and performing at Duke, January 20-22. (For more info, go to Events)   read more about A Sublime Touch, From Head to Heel »

Editor's Report on the Duke University Dance Program, Purnima Shah, Editor.   View 2014 Dance Newsletter read more about 2014 Newsletter »

Prof. Andrea Woods Valdés writes: "Hi Friends, just passing on the news. I few years ago I did a phone interview with Mary for an article I wrote about her friend and fellow Graham dancer, Matt Turney. Seeing Mary Hinkson (also from Philly) dance in "A Dancer's World" was a turning point in my life." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFTNmGBKC2Y http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Hinkson   read more about Mary Hinkson (March 16, 1925 – November 26, 2014) »

New Modern, African, Ballet, and Jazz works by dance faculty: Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Tyler Walters, Nina Wheeler and advanced student choreographers: Ellen Brown, Stephanie Joe, Haylee Levin, and Anne Talkington.  Friday, November 21  Saturday, November 22 8 p.m. | Reynolds Industries Theater Read all about it in the Duke Chronicle read more about November Dances 2014 »

See our blog for new works by:  Katalina Bock, Ellen Brown, Cindy Li, Claire Tucker, Julie Bellantoni, AJ Laudenslager, Haylee Levin, Natalie Lubin, Claire Tucker, Lauren Rosen. Featuring dancers: Sarah Atkinson, Casey Black, Cosette Glodstien, Stephanie Jo, Kendall Covington, Melissa Lee, Jennifer Margano, Anika Richter, Kaley Thornton.   http://dukedanceftc.wordpress.com/current-projects/ read more about Fall 2014 Dance For The Camera  »

Read all about Christina Lan's experience in the Experiential Anatomy Workshop led by visiting artists Kate Trammel and Sharon Babcock. http://www.dukechronicle.com/blogs/playground/posts/2014/10/02/namely-muscles-first-spine read more about Namely, Muscles...but first, the spine »

Ava LaVonne Vinesett​, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance and Faculty Director of the Baldwin Scholars Program, writes about being in Brazil not for the World Cup.  http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/globalbrazil/category/news/blog/ read more about Blog: Ava LaVonne Vinesett​ writes about being in Brazil not for the World Cup »

On Friday, September 5, 11:45AM-1:00PM, Richard Vinesett, Director of Music for African Dance within the Dance Program, will conduct a class on West African drumming in the Ark Dance Studio.  This class will be in conjunction with Dance 375-Music for Dancers. Students will learn about the musical instruments used to perform this music, basic rhythms, how to hear a break, and more. No prior experience necessary.  There are a limited number of spaces available for Duke students, so register now. This will be an intro level… read more about Richard Vinesett to teach West African Drumming workshop »

Conceived and Performed by Thomas F. DeFrantz,  DUKE Professor of African and African American Studies, Dance, and Theater Studies, with Kenneth David Stewart. SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology announces the premiere of where did i think i was going? [moving into signal], a dance technology interface work, to be performed at the PSI Theater at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC, on August 28 and 29, 2014.     Performances are at 7pm Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29; tickets are $10 at the door… read more about SLIPPAGE presents: where did i think i was going? [moving into signal] »

John Hanks, Staff Associate with the Duke Dance Program, provides live accompaniment for American Dance Festival classes at Duke University, whether the dancers need a slow warm-up piece, a waltz, or a "full-tilt boogie." He's an improvisational one-man band!" View Youtube video:  http://youtu.be/OSDT1nty6oY read more about John Hanks:"Full Tilt Boogie" at the American Dance Festival »

Keval Kaur Khalsa, a Faculty Advisory Board member of the Duke Office of Civic Engagement, discusses how Duke helps her engage in the community, why universities are an important incubator for artists, and why yoga and movement are essential de-stressors for her students. read more about Duke Office of Civic Engagement - Civic Lives: Keval Khalsa »

Here some photos of the new dance floor in the Ark, as well as snapshots of the new locker rooms located in the lower level. read more about The Ark Studio gets a new floor and locker room »

Read this Duke Chronicle article featuring Duke Dance Program Professors, Thomas H. DeFrantz and Keval Khalsa. read more about Moonlighting the arts: Professors by day, performers by night »

Andrea Woods Valdés, Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance at Duke, is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her academic focus is on women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance and music, and the history and culture of the African diaspora. She is also a video artist and musician. .... CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY read more about Duke Arts Journal: Andrea Woods Valdés: Dancer, Teacher, Scholar »

Price is a Program II major studying artistic holistic therapies and their contribution to healthcare, with a specific focus on dance therapy. Holistic therapies are forms of alternative medicine that focus on healing the whole person—including their psychological, physical and social needs—rather than a specific disease or issue. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native began working with Grace Healthcare of Durham, a local nursing home, to fulfill a service-learning requirement for a class called aging and health with… read more about Cardea Fellow and senior Miurel Price is studying how dance therapy can improve the health of elderly populations. »

Keval Kaur Khalsa, Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke University, and Michele Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, have received a Bass Connections grant from Duke University for their research project Mindfulness In Education & Human Development. Launched by a $50 million gift from Anne and Robert Bass, Bass Connections supports interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students and community… read more about Bass Connections Project Funds Yoga Research »

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 01:14 PM. By Susan Broili; special to The Herald-Sun.  If a theater production could be compared to a bagel, Andrea E. Woods’ new show would be of the everything variety. That’s because, for the first time, she’s been able to concoct an evening-length work that has everything she’s always wanted to include. Her new work, “The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown,” features dance, music, singing, narration, folk art and photographic images.  Continue reading the full article here read more about SOULOWORKS celebrates turning 20 with multimedia production »

Professor DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE played a contributing roll in a recent Dance Theater of Harlem performance of “past-carry-forward.”  Read the New York Times review here: http://nyti.ms/1tMBVvw . read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz in the New York Times »

Monica Hogan Danceworks held a contemporary masterclass at Duke University on Saturday, April 19th in the Ark Studio. The class was led by Duke Dance alumnae Monica Hogan (T'12) and Courtney Liu (T'13).  Beginning with a warmup and some improvisation exercises, they finished off with some repertory movement from recent performances in NYC.  Location: Ark Dance Studio.  This masterclass was sponsored by the Duke Dance Program Backstage Events. read more about Monica Hogan Danceworks Masterclass »

Black Performance Theory, edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez Published by Duke University Press "Black performance theory is a rich interdisciplinary area of study and critical method. In this collection of new essays, some of its pioneering thinkers demonstrate the breadth and depth, innovation, and critical value of black performance theory." Read the intro HERE read more about Read the intro to "Black Performance Theory," edited by DeFrantz & Gonzalez, free on @Scribd. »

Since Duke University began allowing distinction projects for seniors outside their majors, the Dance Program has seen an explosion of students combining their academic disciplines with their love of dance.  Trinity College approved the possibility of students graduating with distinction in a field outside their major about four years ago to recognize the fact that a number of students do develop a secondary interest sufficiently to be able to do distinguished work in that area, said Norman C. Keul, associate dean of… read more about Senior Distinction Dance Projects Show Range of Academic Disciplines »

Ballet forward: (re)thinking and (re)forming western classicism in dance, a new Duke University Dance Program initiative, presented the Elizabeth Corbett Residency – April 3-5. Titled "Forsythe Improvisation Technologies Workshop Series", Ms. Corbett led students in an introduction to the methods pioneered by choreographer William Forsythe.   Forsythe Phrases and Improvisation Technologies - William Forsythe's… read more about Elizabeth Corbett Residency »

After what seems like the longest winter, this spring’s dance concert by the Duke Dance Program, “ChoreoLab 2014,” offers to “reset your clock” as well as pay tribute to a Duke graduate who passed away in 2007.   ChoreoLab 2014 will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 28 – 29, at 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Industries Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus.   Barbara Dickinson, Professor of the Practice of Dance, has choreographed a modern piece for 11 student dancers, “Liquid Prisoner/Remembrance,” which is… read more about Spring Dance Concert Pays Tribute to Duke Graduate’s Musical Legacy »

The Dance Program was honored to have members of the Urban Bush Women dance company participate in a two-week residency from January 26 to February 8. Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Paloma McGregor and Bennalldra Williams conducted two masterclasses for Duke Dance majors and minors in the Ark. They also invited students from Durham's Hillside High School to two Dance for Every Body workshops. Jawole was a guest artist in the dance composition class, Beyond Technique: Art of Performance, taught by Barbara Dickinson and… read more about Urban Bush Women Residency, 1/26-2/8, 2014 »

Dance.Film.Revolution in association with The University of South Florida is excited to announce an opportunity for students to share their dance films in the 1st Annual Dance Shorts Student Film Festival.   Dance Shorts Student Film Festival will spotlight today's generation of up and coming "techno-choreographers." The film festival will feature short dance films that are between two and six minutes in length. These dance films can be narrative, experimental, or abstract and incorporate… read more about Dance Shorts Student Film Festival; Deadline March 3 »

On Friday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 24, students in the "Beyond Technique: Art of Performance" classes had the opportunity to work with Emeritus Professor Clay Taliaferro. Also an award-winning performer and choreographer, Clay generously spent time with Dance Program students.  "My studio work (technique) or, as I prefer to call it, exploration of movement, continues to stress the use of the whole body as organism, and, in this, focus on the endless duet that it has with space.  Emphases are on: functional alignment and… read more about Clay Taliaferro visits Art of Performance classes »

Along with the creation of a new soulowork, Feeling Orange Again, Andrea E. Woods Valdés continues to write for Attitude: The Dancers Magazine. In February, she was a guest artist at Hollins University, teaching modern dance and providing a dance for the camera lecture demonstration based on her new and previous video works. She is also currently collaborating with UNC Fellow/African Diaspora Historian/visual artist Tammy L. Brown on Back Water Graffiti. Woods will perform the choreopoem for a video project of Brown’s… read more about Woods Valdes: Soulowork, Feeling Orange Again, Attitude »

Tyler Walters continues to lead the Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive as Director. This year’s five-week program hosted 140 students from as far away as Paris, France, and Hawaii. These students were selected from more than 400 who auditioned during a 13-city national audition tour. Guest faculty for the program included dance luminaries Susan Jaffe and Michael Vernon, as well as Duke’s own Andrea E. Woods Valdés. The culminating performances at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the… read more about Walters: directs Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive »

Julie Janus Walters staged excerpts from the Gerald Arpino ballet Reflections for the spring mainstage concert, ChoreoLab, danced by the Duke Ballet Repertory Ensemble. Acting as répétiteur for the Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation, she created an educational opportunity for Duke Dance Program students to learn and perform this classic Arpino work. Julie was pleased to have this opportunity to work with the foundation in preserving Arpino’s repertory. 2013 also marked the 100th anniversary of Vaslav Nijinsky’s… read more about Janus Walters: Reflections ballet, Carolina Performing Arts, audition tour »

Ava Vinesett was the Volunteer/Signage chair for the 2013 Across the Threshold Conference Planning Committee. At the conference, she presented a workshop titled, “Embodied Offerings.” For November Dances 2012, she choreographed a new piece, “Reaching Into the Before Time,” developed in collaboration with sculptural installation artist, Cici Stevens, with support from the Collaborative Arts Grant, administered by the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Council for the Arts. In April 2013, Ava choreographed Isicathulo presented… read more about Vinesett: Embodied Offerings & commissioned choreography »