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July 18, 2011
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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company To Instruct Diverse Group With Annual Workshop
More than 160 participants will travel from across the country to attend the 2011 Move-It Summer Workshop July 25 - August 13 presented by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. This marks the 31st time this successful, annual event has been put on, with attendance continuing to rise every year.
The workshop fulfills a vital piece of the mission of Ririe-Woodbury by providing dance education for all levels and allowing the performance of innovative original works by up and coming choreographers.
The workshop consists of three different sessions: a Two Week Workshop (Jul. 25-Aug. 5) for professional, collegiate and high school graduate dancers, the Teacher’s Workshop (Aug. 1-5) for dance educators in university, professional and secondary settings and the Young Dancer’s Workshop (Aug. 8-13) specifically designed for high school and middle school students.
This year’s workshop will feature a distinguished faculty including choreographer New York choreographer Brook Notary, who’s work, Grid, will premier in Ririe-Woodbury’s fall season in “Polychromatic,” (Sept. 22-24) collegiate dance faculty members Tom Welsh, Kim Strunk and Pam Geber, Capoeira expert Jamaika, ballet soloist Kate Crews-Lindsey, Ririe-Woodbury Co-Founder and Managing Director Emerita Joan Woodbury, Ririe-Woodbury Artistic Director Charlotte-Boye Christensen, Ririe-Woodbury Education Director Georganne “Gigi” Ballif Arrington, as well as the Ririe-Woodbury Dancers, Joseph “Jo” Blake, Elizabeth “Betsy” Kelley-Wilberg, Tara Roszeen McArthur, Brad Beakes, Alexandra Jane Bradshaw and Bashaun Williams.
The Two Week Workshop will culminate in an open showcase performance of student-choreographed works on Aug. 5 at 6:00pm in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event.
About the Faculty
Brook Notary, who will premier Grid in Ririe-Woodbury’s fall show “Polychromatic” (Sept. 22-24), has diverse stage work which includes the critically acclaimed New York-based modern dance company, Notario, for which she is the founder, artistic director and choreographer. Her work has appeared in venues across New York City and the east coast. On television, Notario Dance Company was featured in "Up and Coming Choreographers" on PBS. She earned her BFA in Dance at the University Of California-Irvine and received her MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the Dean's Scholarship.
Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, has choreographed 24 new works on the company. A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, she was originally trained at London Contemporary Dance School and at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. She has choreographed on many companies over the years, amongst others; Ballet West, the Milwaukee Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater, New Danish Dance Theater, Ballet de Camaguey in Cuba, Edge Dance Company in London as well as on Utah Symphony and Opera and at the Bauhaus in Germany.
Georganne “Gigi” Ballif Arrington, Director of Education at Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company since 1996, was a full-time dancer with R-W from 1979-1981. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University. Gigi has been on the faculty at BYU, the University of Nevada/Reno, the University of Nevada/Las Vegas and Arizona State University.
Jamaika, an experienced Capoeira teacher, performer and musician, is from Northeastern Brazil, the birthplace of Capoeira. He won the Brazilian Capoeira Confederation Championship in 1996, 97 and 98.
Joan Woodbury, Co-founder and Managing Director Emerita of Ririe-Woodbury is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She studied as the first Fulbright Scholar in dance with Mary Wigman in Berlin, Germany in 1945 and is a professor emeritus of modern dance from the University of Utah. Joan choreographed more than 100 works throughout her career, collaborated in the creation of 16 dance videos, and has been commissioned to choreograph by the Conservatoire National in Portugal, Outlet Dance Company in Australia, Desert Dance in Arizona, the University of Hawaii and Julliard School of Music plus many others. She has taught dance workshops and master classes throughout the United States and in over a dozen countries.
Kate Crews-Linsley started her ballet career dancing with Kansas City Ballet for five seasons and in the year 2000 she moved to Salt Lake City where she danced with Ballet West. Kate danced through the ranks retiring as a Soloist in 2010. During her career she danced on many famous stages such as the Kennedy Center and City Center in New York. Currently she is teaching yoga full time and leading InBody Outreach, using yoga as part of therapy programs for local charities.
Kim Strunk, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Dance Department at Utah Valley University, is known for her distinguished performing career with the Repertory Dance Theatre (1984-1996) and for her extensive research and teaching in Congolese and West African dance. She has an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.
Pam Geber, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Utah, currently teaches modern and ballet technique, improvisation, composition, dance kinesiology, children’s teaching methods, advanced principles of teaching, and is co-director for the department’s Performing Dance Company. Geber holds an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts along wtih a certification in Carl Orff’s teaching pedagogy for dance and music from Bloomingdale House of Music in New York.
Tom Welsh, Associate Professor at Florida State University, teaching dance conditioning, kinesiology, and teaching methods, and is published in international journals for his empirical research on healthy approaches to training dancers. He is an alumnus of the University of Utah, graduate program in Modern Dance.
About Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company:
Founded in 1964, Ririe-Woodbury is dedicated to advancing dance through performances and education. Ririe-Woodbury’s mission is accomplished through educational outreach programs, creation of new works and touring. Ririe-Woodbury was voted “Best Local Dance Company” by City Weekly readers.
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