Alex Springer and Xan Burley – February 13, 2015

Alex Springer, originally from Farmington Hills, MI, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and video editor. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Dance and a minor in Movement Science he joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2008. He has enjoyed working with Alexandra Beller, Amy Chavasse, Elizabeth Dishman, Leyya Tawil/Dance Elixir and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Additionally, Alex has staged Varone’s work for various companies and universities and has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, the 92Y, Dance New Amsterdam, and the Playground. Alex creates work with Xan Burley, together the Median Movement. They have shown work in NYC at the 92Y Sundays at Three, DanceNOW[NYC] Joe’s Pub (Encore Challenge Winners 2011), the TANK, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX (Space Grant Artists Fall 2011), Rooftop Dance, among other venues. Alex and Xan also create dance for the camera and have screened their film work at various festivals including Moviehouse, WESTfest, the Flea, Motion Captured, and currently on Hulu as part of TenduTV’s Essential Dance Film. Alex also works as a freelance video artist for A.O. Pro(+ductions) and is the company manager/media archivist/video designer for Doug Varone and Dancers.

Xan Burley, a native of Youngstown, OH and a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, creator, teacher, and arts administrator. She has had the great pleasure of working with artists and companies such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon Dance, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen + Guests, Shannon Hummel Cora Dance, Leyya Tawil Dance Elixir, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley and Tami Stronach Dance. Xan acts as co-producer of WAXworks and has held teaching positions at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora School for Dance, PAVE Academy Charter School, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp. She is currently on faculty at the 92Y teaching teen modern and has taught technique for professionals at Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, and the Playground.

Donnell Oakley – February 6, 2015

Donnell Oakley is an independent choreographer, dancer, performer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. It all started in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she grew up and was happily thrown into the world of creative movement at age three. Donnell continued with modern technique, composition, improvisation and performance at her second home, Arts Together, until college. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2001 and attended the American Dance Festival in the summers of 1999 and 2001 and has been dancing professionally in New York ever since. Donnell co-founded everything smaller in 2002, a Brooklyn-based dance company driven by collaboration. She spent 6 extraordinary years making dances with the inimitable Jessica Jolly and David Schmidt. everything smaller performed in venues and events such as the Studio 42’s Starving Artist Ball, Movement Research’s Improvisation is Hard, The Flea Theater’s Dance Conversations, DanceNOW NYC, the Bodyblend series at Dixon Place, the Solar Powered Arts Festival, Dancespace Center’s Wave of Humanity and their Elizabeth Pape Memorial Concert for which everything smaller received the Elizabeth Pape Scholarship in 2005, the Williamsburg Free Festival, the International D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival, WAX Works, Triskelion Arts Benefit Concerts, New Jersey’s S.W.E.A.T., Teresa Wimmer’s Twilight Project, the Brooklyn Dance Sampler, Middlebury College, University of Michigan, Swarthmore University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mary-Jean Cowell

Mary-Jean Cowell, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Dance Program at Washington University in St. Louis and ACDFA Central Region Director, studied with Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais. She performed in the Katherine Litz Company, in her own choreography for CHoreographers’ Showcases, and in work by performance artist Ping Chong. She has since choreographed more than sixty dances in NYC, Hawaii, Tokyo, and St. Louis. In Tokyo, she taught and choreographed for the Abe Kobo Repertory Company. Her Michio Ito research has produced several articles and conference papers, and she has been studying the Ito method for several years. In 2009 she participated as a dancer and resident scholar in the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre summer workshop and focused on Ito technique and repertory. Awards include a Japan Foundation Grant, a Missouri Creative Artist Project Grant, and a teaching award. She has an MA in Dance and a PhD in Japanese Literature and Theatre.

Kyoko Imura-Ryutani

Kyoko Imura-Ryutani began studying Michio Ito as a child in 1952, continuing until his death in 1961. She organized the Doomonkai (Michio Ito Association) in 1964. She participated in the Association performances, including the special Michio Ito Birth Centennial Anniversary and the 40th Association Anniversary Commemoration performances. She served as president of the Doomonkai for 12 years and, since 1994, has been engaged in the preservation of Michio Ito’s works. She presently serves as artistic adviser of the Doomonkai. In this capacity, she coaches the repertoire that the members present and counsels them on the performing methods that most support Ito’s aesthetics. Currently, she continues to manage and teach at the Kyoko Imura Dance Art studio. Through her work at her private studio and with the Doomonkai, she has taught both adults and children for many years. Ryutani is one of the few surviving direct students of Michio Ito.

Kumiko Komine

Kumiko Komine first studied the Michio to Method as a child and began appearing in Ito studio performances a few years later. After graduation from Japan Women’s Athletic College, she opened a ballet studio and continued to perform with the Ito group and in Young Generation Modern Dance concerts. After a 10 year “sabbatical” to raise her children, she opened another ballet and rejoined the Doomonkai (Michio Ito Association). During the 1990’s she performed in the concerts celebrating Ito’s birth and other performances by the Doomonkai. In 1997 she became an assistant to Taeko Furusho, Michio’s niece, teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2000 she assisted Taeko during a residency at the University of Washington to teach Ito technique and repertoire to the Seattle Chamber Dance Company. She assisted in the production of documentaries on ITo for the UW and for the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK). She became president of the Doomonkai in 2006 and has continued lectures and performances focused on the Ito legacy. With Kyoko Imura, she was a resident artist during the 2009 Summer Session of the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre. Throughout her career she has taught children and adults of all ages.

Body Vox – January 30, 2015

Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its virtual virtuously, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater, and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured critical acclaim on stages around the world, developing 8 award-winning films, 20 original shows and 3 operas, featuring nearly 200 original dancers.

Based in Portland, Oregon, BodyVox’s movement surges from a fascination with endless possibilities of human body in motion, informed by years of cross training and layers of experience. Hampton and Roland are distinguished artists on the world stage, formed by their years working as creators and performers with innovative dance companies such as Momix, ISO Dance, and Pilobolus. BodyVox builds upon this tradition of excellence with a unique voice that is equally influenced by its Northwest roots and world-wide.

 

Colby Damon – January 23, 2015

          Colby has spent his entire life exploring various types of movement. Born and raised in Richmond VA, Colby was active in various sports as a young child, including snow skiing and sailing, but he found his true calling in the arts, and began formal classical ballet training at age 7 at the RIchmond Ballet. At age 15, he left home to attend the Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, a pre-professional boarding high school for dancers, and spent his summers training at the Boston Ballet. Upon graduation, Colby joined the Sacramento Ballet, where for five years he performed soloist and principal roles in numerous classical and contemporary pieces, including works by George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, Helen Pickett, John Selya, and Ron Cunningham. While living in California, Colby also began studying Qi Gong and Chen style Tai Ji Quan with renowned Grandmaster Bing Fan YeYoung, and eventually received certification to teach.

           In 2007, Colby relocated to Brooklyn , NY, in order to explore life’s options, and to pursue a career as a freelance artist. As a guest artist, he has worked with such companies as Mark Morris Dance Group, Northwest Dance Project, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Thang Dao Dance Company, in addition to projects with Luca Veggetti (Guggenheim Museum/Colombia University), Adam Hendrickson (Carnegie Hall/Yale University), and John Selya (Joyce Soho). He has also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a principal in Alexei Ratmanski’sAida, as well as in Mark Morris’ Orfeo e Euridice, at which time he was featured in a MET Live in HD broadcast in movie theaters worldwide. While living in New York, Colby also began studying other forms of Chinese Martial arts, including Ba Gua Zhuang, and also embarked on a personal study of Yoga.

           In 2008, Colby joined BalletX in Philadelphia, PA. As a company member, Colby has been featured in over 20 world premiers, including original creations by Alex Ketley, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Jodi Gates, James Gregg, Adam Barruch, Loni Landon, Tobin DelCuore, Mauro Astolfi, Matthew Prescott, Matthew Neenan, and others, and performed in such venues as the Laguna Dance Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, and Joyce Theater NYC.

           As a choreographer, Colby’s style blends an inevitable fluidity with a sense of classical line and virtuosity. He began his choreographic explorations while dancing with the Sacramento Ballet, where he produced a total of five works on fellow company members, including the piece 3 to 1, which was performed for the Sacramento Ballet’s annual contemporary repertoire program, Modern Masters, in 2004. Recently, after years of integrating a personal, daily yoga practice into his dance regime, Colby completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training through Sadhana Yoga School, and is a registered yoga teacher currently based out of Philadelphia, PA.

Scholarship Audition Day

Everyone join us for our Dance Scholarship Audition Day!

Date: January 17, 2015

Scholarship Awards:
Awards are competitive and vary from $500 to $5,000 renewable annually.

Audition Time:

  • 8:30 a.m. registration
  • followed by presentation and technique classes
  • solo auditions until late afternoon.

Audition Material:

  • 1. Participate in Ballet and Modern Dance Technique classes.
  • 2. Perform a solo in either Ballet, Jazz, Modern, or Tap. 90 seconds maximum.
    MUSIC TO BE RECORDED ON CDs or IPOD
  • 3. Interview with dance faculty.

Procedure:
 After submitting the Dance Scholarship Application, please follow up and send the following:

  • 1. Letter stating interest in dance.
  • 2. Résumé.
  • 3. One letter of recommendation from dance teacher.
  • 4. Recent dance photograph (includes head and body).

Mail To:
Timothy Cowart
Dance Department Scholarship Auditions
DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

Telephone: (610) 282-1100, Ext. 1663 • Fax: (610) 282-2240 E-Mail:timothy.cowart@desales.edu

Deadline January  9, 2015

Susan Moran – December 5, 2014

Susan Moran master teacher at Power Pilates

 

Susan has been teaching Pilates for 25 yrs. She received her training in 1988 from Romana Kryzanowska. She was co-owner/Creator of Power Pilates for the last 20 years. During that time Susan certified over 10,000 people worldwide. She is a teacher of teachers, clients, and loves to work with children. Prior to Power Pilates Susan danced with Doug Elkins Dance Company where she won the coveted Bessie award. She toured the world with Elkins performing for 10 yrs. During that time she received her license as a massage therapist that further informed her mastery of body mechanics and alignment in her Pilates work. She is always inspired by those that she teaches, and will forever be a student of movement. Her philosophy is Movement heals and should always bring a smile to your heart and soul!

SuLu Pilates is dedicated to providing the finest Classical Pilates workouts that are fun, safe, and effective. A strong core, long lean muscles and increased flexibility are yours for the taking. All you will need for class is the desire to move and change your body. Come prepared to move, sweat, and have some fun!

BodyVox- November 21, 2014

Six is a crowd: boys meet girl. Photo: David Krebbs

Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its virtual virtuously, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater, and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured critical acclaim on stages around the world, developing 8 award-winning films, 20 original shows and 3 operas, featuring nearly 200 original dancers.

Based in Portland, Oregon, BodyVox’s movement surges from a fascination with endless possibilities of human body in motion, informed by years of cross training and layers of experience. Hampton and Roland are distinguished artists on the world stage, formed by their years working as creators and performers with innovative dance companies such as Momix, ISO Dance, and Pilobolus. BodyVox builds upon this tradition of excellence with  a unique voice that is equally influenced by its Northwest roots and world wide.

Screendance Festival 2014!

Come out and see our Screendance Festival November 21 and 22 at 8 pm!

November 21st will be a viewing of awarding-winning films by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Rolland (in collaboration with filmmaker Mitchell Rose) of the Portland, Oregon based dance company BodyVox.

November 22nd will be a viewing of the 48-hour Screendance Challenge, featuring the work our dance and TV/film majors, will also be adjudicated by BodyVox guest artist Jamey Hampton.

In Defense of the Dance Major

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Shannon Dooling, a 2007 DeSales Graduate recently posted an intriguing blog post called “In Defense of the Dance Major”.  In the blog post, Shannon talks about the importance of the dance major and her personal experiences in the dance world. We are very proud of our alumni student! Go Shannon!

Click here to view the article: In Defense of the Dance Major