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Brian J. Evans
February 10, 2019 - 5:56pm
One of our first year MFA candidates, Brian J. Evans stars in a stunning video and article entitled, "Dance to Freedom," by his alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College.  "I was asked to be a part of the Make It Count campaign to show another perspective to prospective students and parent(s)/guardian(s) of how Gustavus Adolphus College helped me to cultivate the frameworks needed to make an impact anywhere I have the privilege of being."    View the video and article here: ... 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
photo of studio in meany hall
December 6, 2018 - 6:59pm
The UW Department of Dance is excited to announce its recipients for the bst Residency. This is the first time the department has selected both winter and spring residents at once.  Winter Residency Recipients: Ella Mahler and Erica Badgeley.  Spring Residency Recipients: Jessica Jobaris and Angel 'Moonyeka' Langley.  About bst: ... Read more
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
Photo of Brian Brook's work, Division.
October 25, 2018 - 5:14pm
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
Cakpo dancing on stage
October 19, 2018 - 2:12pm
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
(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
CDC Pursued notation (photo: Warren Woo)
September 25, 2018 - 8:05am
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
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