Davis & Elkins Dance Festival

Schedule of Events

The Davis & Elkins College Spring Dance Festival brings local, regional and national artists together on the College campus for three exciting days of concerts and workshops, April 10-12.

Guest artists, students and professionals from the surrounding communities display their talents in two festival concerts, both at 8:00 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium – one on Friday, April 10 showcasing D&E student and faculty performers and featuring Virginia Repertory Dance Company and the main concert on Saturday, April 11 featuring Urban Artistry, Good Foot Dance Company and Baakari Wilder.

Individual workshop prices are $10 each. A Festival Pass to attend eight workshop sessions and both concerts for just $45 is available online or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212. Tickets for the Friday student and faculty concert are $5 for the general public, $1 for children under age 13 and free for D&E students, faculty and staff. Tickets for the Saturday concert are $15 for the general public, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children under age 13. Workshop registration and tickets can be purchased online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 WORKSHOPS

 
Pit Dance Studio
Myles Center for the Arts
9:00-10:45 a.m. 
Arts Integration: Dance & Science
11:00-11:45 a.m.American Vernacular Dance Remix
4:00-5:15 p.m.Contemporary Modern
First Session: 9:00-10:45 a.m.
 
Arts Integration: Dance/ELA: Reading/Science: Dance & Science K-12
Laurie Goux
Teachers will train in developing physics lesson plans and applying dance movement concepts utilizing CSOs for Dance and Science K-12. The blending of dance and physics will assist the student in a deeper understanding of some physics laws and terminology. Work in groups to plan a mini lesson and teach the lesson to other participants in a mock classroom. We will offer feedback and brainstorm to perfect lessons to develop the most enriching experience for the student. This workshop is open to dance instructors, professional dance teachers, and dance and education majors. CEU credit is offered for West Virginia board certified teachers. You are welcome to bring your computer for internet access. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Second Session: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
 
American Vernacular Dance Remix
Emily Oleson
Dances that have sprung up in America often have shared roots. This class will focus on similarities and differences in American social dances. We'll play with Appalachian flatfooting, contemporary urban dances, and vernacular jazz movement, like the Shorty George, Suzie Q and Charleston, vintage dances of African American origins done in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. We'll attempt to return these social dances to their social (as in party) context, looking at some historical sources and sociopolitical issues along the way! Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Third Session: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
 
Contemporary Modern
Shane O'Hara
This workshop will explore the power of moving with clarity and strength through exercises and combinations that will move throughout the space. Emphasis is on having a fun and challenging movement experience. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 WORKSHOPS

 
Pit Dance Studio
Myles Center for the Arts
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
Myles Center for the Arts
Paull Gallery
Myles Center for the Arts
10:00-11:30 a.m. 
Building Yoga Foundations
Playing for Dancers
Beginning Ballet for Adults
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Modern Dance
West African Dance
Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting
2:45-4:00 p.m.
Memphis Jooking
Dunham-based Modern Dance
Lindy Hop Fundamentals
First Session: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Choose One
 
Building Yoga Foundations
Kelly Alba
This workshop is appropriate for both those with an established yoga practice as well as those who have never practiced yoga before. We will focus on building each pose with safety and strength. How can a yoga practice complement, support and restore everything else our bodies and minds do? This workshop will help each student find his or her own answer to that. Exploring body and breath, discovering range of movement, and challenging but respecting our own limits, we will find ways to awaken our mindfulness on the mat, and carry that awareness off the mat. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.
 
Beginning Ballet for Adults
Florian Rouiller
This workshop will explore basic ballet dance movement with the goal of increasing strength, flexibility and stamina. Students will learn the fundamentals of correct alignment within the context of ballet technique and how to use this principle to support their dancing. Students will gain additional understanding of musicality, dynamic changes and spatial awareness (personal and general). Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 20. Click here to register.
 
Playing for Dancers
Danny Knicely
Music and dance are inextricably linked, and playing for and with dancers is a special skill for instrumentalists. This workshop will explore some of the pleasures and pitfalls of working with percussive dancers and social dancers, and the relationship between working musicians and dancers in the traditional scene. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Second Session: 1:00-2:30 p.m. 
Concurrent Sessions - Choose One
 
Modern Dance
Joshua Legg
This workshop is a fusion of somatic warm-up and movement principles drawn from ballet and classic modern traditions (Dunham, Horton, Limón and Taylor). Emphasis is on dynamic alignment, weight shift, volume, length of line, musicality, risk and a bold use of space. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.
 
Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting
Matthew Olwell
A close cousin of American tap dance, Appalachian percussive dance is a blend of Irish, West African and Native American Indian dances. While tap is often associated with swing and jazz, clogging and flatfooting have close ties to Appalachian old-time music. Exploring the highly improvisational nature of these traditions, we will draw from both clogging and flatfooting vocabulary and examine the places where these forms intersect and overlap. We will explore phrasing, musicality and economy of motion to acquire a solid foundation of rhythmic building blocks. A great workshop for students of any level, from beginners who want fast-paced steps and improv drills, to advanced dancers who want to hone their technique, facility and repertoire. No previous experience necessary. Leather-soled shoes are recommended but not required. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.
 
West African Dance
Kwame Opare
Kwame’s dance workshops are a high-energy blend of contemporary modes of kinetic expression steeped in a strong foundation of traditional West African dance technique. Regardless of your skill level, Kwame's teaching overcomes students' self-doubts and perceived limitations, and inspires them to attack their dancing with precision and musicality. An open mind and a willingness to challenge yourself and be challenged are the only prerequisites for this workshop. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Third Session: 2:45-4:00 p.m. 
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One
 
Memphis Jooking
Marico Flake
This Memphis Jooking workshop will explore roots from the soul of Memphis. Participants will explore the culture of Memphis urban dance and learn its vernacular. This workshop will enhance creativity of the feet along with locomotive movements. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.
 
Lindy Hop Fundamentals
Mary Christenson
Lindy Hop is the fast and wild 8-count swing dance born in Harlem in the 1930s, which has become the core dance for the international swing dance community today. Based on the swing-out, Lindy may be the most challenging partner dance you ever learn, but it might just be the most fun, too! Come to this workshop to learn to lead and follow the swing-out for the first time or for the hundredth time. We'll focus on the momentum and frame changes that give a great swing-out its distinctive feel, and we'll have a lot of fun at the same time. All levels welcome, no prior experience with swing dancing required. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.
 
Dunham-based Modern Dance
Laurie Goux
Find your roots in the rhythm of the Dunham dance technique experience! Laurie Goux, Chicago native and 30-year seasoned professional dancer, has trained in master classes with Katherine Dunham and is a protégé of Tommy Gomez, soloist with the original Dunham International Company. The technique is a great workout that synthesizes African rhythms, Caribbean dance and ballet as a part of the movement vocabulary. Beginners and seasoned professionals will be able to enjoy dances of the Caribbean. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 12 WORKSHOPS

 
Pit Dance Studio
Myles Center for the Arts
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
Myles Center for the Arts
Paull Gallery
Myles Center for the Arts
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
House Dance
Tap Dancing: A Journey in Shifting Weight
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Locking
West African Drum Rhythms for Percussive Dancers
Blues Dance
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Building Yoga FoundationsHistory of ModernBreaking
First Session: 9:30-10:45 a.m.  
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One
 
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Florian Rouiller
This workshop will explore basic ballet dance movement at an intermediate/advanced level with the goal of increasing strength, flexibility and stamina. Students will learn the fundamentals of correct alignment within the context of ballet technique and how to use this principle to support their dancing. Students will gain additional understanding of musicality, dynamic changes and spatial awareness (personal and general). Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.
 
Tap Dancing: A Journey in Shifting Weight 
Baakari Wilder
Students will explore the technical aspects of creating music in ways that open up a more honest approach to tap dancing. Areas such as breathing, relaxation, clarity and timing will be covered. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.
 
House Dance
Junious Brickhouse
The House That Jack Built is not a fairytale. It is the house music experience instructed and demonstrated through house dance and cultural enlightenment. Since its origin in the underground dance scene of the late 1970s, house music has created a stage for one of the world's most celebrated urban dance forms, house dance. Jack is a reference to jacking, the dance recognized as the foundation of house dance culture. Because it is influenced by many dance styles, traditional and contemporary alike, house dance presents itself as a true descendant of none. This tradition of diversity in music and movement is encouraging dancers everywhere to embrace broader definitions of artistic expression, as well as social progression. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Second Session: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One
 
West African Drum Rhythms for Percussive Dancers
Jabari Exum
Traditional West African drumming has some of the most compelling and complex rhythmic patterns of any musical tradition across the globe. Dancers who “drum with their feet” will love getting some of these patterns in their ear and under their belt. Come and join us and Jabari as we play djembe with our feet. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Locking
Ryan Webb
Locking or campbellocking is a dance art form with improvisational steps called the locks. These steps were created by Don Campbell in the nightclubs of Los Angeles in the early 1970s. This dance and subculture quickly caught on and was soon the rage of a popular new television dance show called “Soul Train.” Individual dancers displayed quick locking and pointing movements along with hand slaps and splits. No prior experience required. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Click here to register.
 
Blues Dance
Mary Christenson
You know that the great American blues tradition has produced more than 100 years of rich, beautiful music, but did you know there’s a partner dance that grew with the music? Blues dancing focuses on listening closely to your partner and to the music for connected, creative dances. This workshop will introduce you to the basic frame and movement patterns that make blues dancing so much fun. And after the session, use what you've learned for the afternoon social dance party. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.
 
Third Session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One
 
Building Yoga Foundations
Kelly Alba
This workshop is appropriate for both those with an established yoga practice as well as those who have never practiced yoga before. We will focus on building each pose with safety and strength. How can a yoga practice complement, support, and restore everything else our bodies and minds do? This workshop will help each student find his or her own answer to that. Exploring body and breath, discovering range of movement, and challenging but respecting our own limits, we will find ways to awaken our mindfulness on the mat, and carry that awareness off the mat. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Click here to register.
 
Breaking
Russell Campbell
Break dancing has a rich history in hip-hop culture. Its roots can be traced back to the funk era when music legends, such as the late James Brown, first inspired b-boys and b-girls to “get down.” The term b-boy was coined when an observer noticed these dancers were skilled at interpreting the beat during the break of the record, giving them names such as “beat boys” or “break boys.” Open to participants in high school or older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.
 
History of Modern
Joshua Legg
During the rise of American modern dance in the last century, three major choreographers were also engaged in anthropology and sociology. Their ethnographic fieldwork produced deeper understanding of traditional dance forms in Western Africa (Pearl Primus), the Caribbean (Katherine Dunham) and North America (Lester Horton). Each of these choreographers/ethnographers then infused those traditional dance vocabularies into their own artistic work in American concert dance —thus making major contributions to the development of American modern dance. Dunham and Horton in particular designed dance training systems (drawing on key elements from their fieldwork) that remain major dance techniques today. The primary focus of this talk is on Dunham’s research-to-performance method. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Click here to register.

 

 

DANCE FESTIVAL CONCERTS

Friday, April 10
Student & Faculty Concert
8:00 p.m.; Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
$5 General Admission; $1 Children Under 13; Free for D&E Students, Faculty and Staff
 
Saturday, April 11
Festival Concert: The Meaning of Buck Dance
8:00 p.m.; Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
$15 General Admission; $8 Students and Seniors; $5 Children Under 13

 

Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Street shoes are not allowed in Pit Dance Studio or on the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium stage. Please bring appropriate footwear for the styles you will study.

Event Date & Time: 

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

Location: 

Myles Center for the Arts