Webster Dance Performs at Central Region ACDA Conference

| April 2, 2015

Melanie Harvengt, Cheyenne Phillips, Elizabeth Lindenmeier, Lanese Collier, Lauren Sandberg, Tayler Kinner and Tyra Kopf in Nina Reed-designed costumes for “Little Blue Something”

Webster University students in the Department of Dance performed at the Central Region American College Dance Association (ACDA) Conference March 21-24 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The conference was attended by 19 other colleges and universities from across the region and included daily dance technique classes taught by collegiate faculty as well as special guest artists, discussions and presentations, and performances followed by feedback sessions.

“Thanks to the Student Government Association’s (SGA) support of the Dance Club, this annual event was made possible for our students,” said James Robey, chair of the Department of Dance in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. “The experience of attending the ACDA conference ignites the department and opens up networking and growth opportunities for each of the students.”

Webster presented two choreographic works in the adjudicated concerts and an additional piece in the informal concerts.  Robey’s piece, “Little Blue Something,” and senior BFA student Lanese Collier‘s piece, “Comme Uno: Part 1; In the With: Part 2” were performed March 22 in the second adjudicated concert. Senior BFA student Elizabeth Lindenmeier’s piece, “Disclosure,” performed March 22 in the second informal concert.

“Webster was well represented in each performance by the caliber of the dancers and choreographers,” says Beckah Reed, artistic director for the Department of Dance. “We take great pride in the technical execution, artistic expression and professionalism that each student exhibited on stage and in daily classes.”

Reed taught a moving meditations class which integrates mind, body, and spirit for artists. James Robey taught an intermediate/advanced contemporary modern class which expanded upon dance movement patters of release, tension and extension. Robey also presented a seminar titled “Learning Approaches” for collegiate faculty members to attend. The presentation focused on applying research of Clare Graves’ theory of emergent cyclical levels of human existence and other theories to dance pedagogy.

For more information on upcoming events for the Department of Dance, please visit www.webster.edu/dance, call 314-246-7747 or email dance@webster.edu.

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