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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
Jiaqi “Kyki” Li
June 14, 2018 - 11:51am
Watch Kyki Li move across a dance floor and you know you’re seeing something special. An international student from China, Kyki brings power, grace, and thoughtful reflection to her art—and all other parts of her life. During her time at the UW, Kyki has completed two majors, pursued dance research, been a writing tutor, participated in study abroad programs, and performed in many dance concerts. Li graduated in June 2018 with a BA in Dance and Anthropology. “Everything I learned over the past... Read more
Spinning Mambo Into Salsa
June 14, 2018 - 11:07am recently interviewed Professor Juliet McMains about her latest book, Spinning Mambo into Salsa: Caribbean Dance in Global Commerce, a history of salsa and mambo dancing in the U.S. This exclusive and informative interview can be found ... Read more
Kelly Canaday
June 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Kelly Canaday, Adviser and Program Manager for Dance, has been awarded the Distinguished Staff Award in the UW's Annual Awards of Excellence. This prestigious award honors members of the UW community for their achievements in teaching, mentoring, and service to the public and the University. The University of Washington values the diverse and indispensable contributions of its 19,000 classified and professional staff. The Distinguished Staff... Read more
Lisa Kwak
June 6, 2018 - 7:00am
Graduating senior Lisa Kwak (B.A. International Studies and Dance, 2018) has been selected for two UW Dean's Medals in the Social Sciences and Arts Divisions.  About her UW dance experience, Lisa says, "I'm especially proud to receive the Dean's Medal as a dance major. Studying dance at the UW has not only made me a stronger thinker and athlete, but it has also helped me find purpose and meaning in my life. The community of students and faculty in the Department of Dance have been a joy to work... Read more
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June 1, 2018 - 7:13pm
This collection of videos documents events connected with the Department of Dance during Spring 2018, including Improvisational Crossings, and The NELKEN-Line. (Click on image to watch video) Improvisational CrossingsThis beautiful video, made by Scott Macklin documenting the Sunday portion of Improvisational Crossings in April, gives a sense of the mobilization of community through dance.   Pina Bausch Foundation: The... Read more