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Cakpo dancing on stage
Kawasaki gift enters its second year of impact, welcoming award-winning West African director and choreographer to the UW Thanks to a generous gift from Glenn Kawasaki, the Department of Dance is hosting a guest artist for the 2019-2019 school year- West African dancer, choreographer, and musician Etienne Cakpo. Cakpo is the second guest artist supported by the Kawasaki's forward-thinking gift aimed at exposing undergraduate dancers to top-tier local and international dance artists. Kawasaki... Read more
Dance Crush
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
Photo of Brian Brook's work, Division.
Mellon Creative Artist Fellowship through University of Washington's Meany Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Dance, and Floyd and Delores Jones Endowment brings choreographer, Brian Brooks to Department of Dance.  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the University of Washington a three and a half year, $750,000 grant to pilot a Creative Fellowships Initiative that explores the nature of creative... 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
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
CDC Pursued notation (photo: Warren Woo)
In July, certified notator Leslie Rottman worked with the Chamber Dance Company to notate Joseph Gifford's The Pursued. The notation project was made possible with a generous grant by Lois Rathvon, making it possible to have the dance notated and preserved forever. The work will be performed in the Chamber Dance Company’s October concert. The Pursued was staged by artists Catherine Cabeen and Matthew Henley upon whom Mr. Gifford set the work in 2009. In her over twenty years... Read more