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Douglas Dunn jumping high infront of tree trunks
March 19, 2019 - 5:02pm
The Spring Quarter will start off packed with exciting events for the UW Department of Dance as it takes part in the international celebration of Merce Cunningham’s Centennial. In collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, the dance departments of Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington will host a two-... Read more
bst Resident, sitting at a table outside smiles at the camera
March 19, 2019 - 3:29pm
Last winter, the Department of Dance hosted two dance artists, Ella Mahler and Erica Badgeley through the bst Residency. This Spring, the bst Residency is supporting two additional artists: Angel ‘Moonyeka’ Langley and Jessica Jobaris. bst is a residency offered by the UW Department of Dance designed to support local dance artist by offering the gift of space and time in our coveted spacious studios when formal classes are not in session. bst offers the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes... Read more
Delostrinos with her leg lifted high behind her
January 11, 2019 - 11:14am
Cheryl Delostrinos (BA, Dance, 2013) was in this month's publication of the UW College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter. Read the article here: Destined to Dance
Dance Crush
December 3, 2018 - 3:33pm
The 2018 DanceCrush Awards have been announced, honoring six local dance artists for performance and choreography.  This year's award recipients include two UW alumni, Fausto Rivera & Cheryl Delostrinos for their choreography and performance of Tequila con Miel y Limón  as well as department faculty member, Dani Tirrell for Dani's choreography and performance of Black Bois.  About DanceCrush:DanceCrush is SeattleDance's program designed to recognize and support achievements in... Read more
(L to R, back to front) Rebecca Goes, Yoav Kaddar, Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby, Bruce McCormick, Jason Ohlberg, Dale Merrill, Adele Nickel, Duanne Zimmer, Matthew Henley, Barbi Powers, Paula Peters
October 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Last week, UW was well represented by 11 of our alumni and MFA candidates at the 2018 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in San Diego, California. The NDEO Conference is an annual three day event of workshops and presentations that concentrate on how to foster connection, knowledge, and leadership in dance education.    Left to right, back row: Rebecca Gose (MFA '01), Yoav Kaddar ('00), Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby (MFA Candidate), Bruce McCormick (MFA '15), Jason Ohlberg (... Read more
Shannon Barnes
September 18, 2018 - 2:38pm
The board of Dance Educators Association of Washington announced the recipient of the 2018 Dance Educator of the Year Award: Shannon Barnes.  Shannon Barnes is a dance teaching artist and arts administrator with over twenty years of experience in dance education. Shannon has worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Community Education Programs since 2002 and is currently the Community Education Programs Curriculum Manager and a teaching artist for the programs working primarily in Seattle Public... Read more
James Vamenta Fesalbon
July 22, 2018 - 12:42pm
As a UW freshman, James Fesalbon opted for what he considered a practical course of study: pharmacy. When the stress of his coursework left him in need of an outlet, he signed up for a dance class. And then another, and another. By 1994, he had declared a dance major and performedin several UW concerts. After graduation, Fesalbon worked as a professional dancer. He later joined the staff of UW’s Meany Center for Performing Arts—home to some of his performances as a student. In 2008 he began... Read more
Dr. Matthew Henley
April 29, 2018 - 10:21am
Dr. Matthew Henley, MFA Dance alumnus and Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman's University, is gathering data to advocate for the value of dance as an intellectual practice—and build a framework for how to describe dance intelligence to non-dancers. His work was recently mentioned in ... Read more
Assistant Professor Bruce McCormick
May 19, 2017 - 2:04pm
The moment Bruce McCormick was first moved to dance, the dancers hardly moved at all. “I remember just looking up and all the dancers all looked so tall and were smiling and I was completely in awe,” McCormick says, recalling the feeling of standing at the foot of the stage as a 7-year-old during a dress rehearsal... Read more
Lincoln and Seiters, "an attic an exit"  photo RJ Muna
December 5, 2016 - 4:52pm
Here at SeattleDances, we want to do everything we can to support dance happening in Seattle. We write previews, reviews, and editorials. We host the most comprehensive dance calendar in the city. Last year we organized a free press workshop for artists and began our monthly Dance CHAT program to facilitate dialogue around Seattle dance. We see it, write about it, and talk about it. It seems fair to say, we LOVE the dance happening in Seattle.  And there’... Read more
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