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DANCE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

The department offers a fully mounted major main stage concert each semester. The Fall and Spring Dance Theatre concerts are danced by students and augmented at times by faculty or guest artist performances. The choreography features works by students, faculty and guest artists. The full technical services of the department complement these productions. Original designs, music, sets and costumes are created in collaboration with the choreographers in a highly professional atmosphere. Through these collaborations student choreographers are offered the rare opportunity to expand their creative visions by working with set designers, lighting and costume designers. Dance majors are encouraged to audition for a variety of community and university productions. Opera, musical theatre, university public relations events, community outreach, and campus ethnic celebrations are all open venues offering opportunities for the students to perform.

CSU Fullerton’s Dance Program continues its participation in the American College Dance Festivals, Our students have been invited to perform on numerous Gala Concerts and have been honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The CSUF, Dance Program has achieved further recognition by one of our students receiving the Best Performer Award.

Over the years, the nationally recognized dance professionals who served as adjudicators have spoken highly of CSUF’s work and the performers saying the following:

"Mysteriously dramatic and beautifully danced." — Stephen Koester, ACDFA Adjudicator

"Brilliant performing by entire ensemble. They created a poetic resonance on stage." — Doug Elkins, ACDFA Adjudicator

"They created a world for me to enter." — Kevin Wynn, ACDFA Adjudicator

"I was thrilled that you broke the fourth wall. The piece brought us into a private new world" — Peter DiMuro, ACDFA Adjudicator

"I was very moved…I saw mystery. Each person had his own voice. I was utterly intrigued. A very strong and compelling work." — Robin Wilson, ACDFA Adjudicator

"I was very satisfied by this work. I needed and wanted to see it again. The choreography completely transformed the space and time. A tightly knit ensemble. Bold, confident, powerful dancing. …powerful classically grounded technique. A lovely disturbing piece." — Bill Evans, ACDFA Adjudicator

Each semester students are given the opportunity to perform in the Choreographer Showcases.  These exciting concerts highlight the imaginations of student choreographers.  CSU dance majors get to experience the art of making dance and then choose which works to share in a public performance.

Experimental works are showcased each spring in CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center’s 12X16 allowing the students to revise original concepts in a more informal concert experience.  This exciting series takes place off campus in our alternative performance place in Santa Ana’s Artists Village.

After a 10-year absence, Cal State Fullerton is welcoming the return of a dance company aimed at providing students professional-level experiences. From learning and performing new and classic choreography, to dancing for various audiences, the 12-member Dance Repertory Company will further prepare students for a dance career.

The company has performed at the 50th anniversary open house and Muckenthaler Cultural Center, lecture –demonstrations on and off campus and is scheduled for an exchange with San Jose State next semester.
 
Come spring 2008, the group will become a new class, which was awarded an Instructional Related Activity grant —Dance Repertory and Performance — that will broaden the students’ understanding of the history, theory and practice of concert dance performance. The class will be team taught by faculty and guest artists.
 
With its combination of internal and external instruction and choreography, the educational benefit of this experience, says Noble, “is huge for the dancers.  They’re being called upon in more professional ways. Through their exposure to a variety of artists and their creative languages, the students will become more versatile, responsive and investigate their imaginations. The performers will gain more depth in their artistry by having the opportunities to perform a work over and over again. They’ll get pushed in new ways and new directions.”

 

MORE INFORMATION

We encourage visits throughout the year. Discover for yourself what we’re all about. For further information, please return the section below, call us at (657) 278-2689 or email gkares@fullerton.edu

Dance Program
Department of Theatre & Dance
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton CA 92834-6850

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