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DANCE AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENTS

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2012

The Dance Program at Cal State Fullerton has once again achieved the honor of being chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the American College Dance Festival’s National Festival 2012.  This prestigious honor was given to our dancers for their performance of Vitals choreographed by guest choreographer and CSUF alum Mike Esperanza.  The dancers wereTracy Bernardo, Cole Clemens, Melanie Hansel, Kelly Johnson, Mary Angeline Medenas, Elyse Mottaz, Devin Oshiro, and Lauren Zimmerer. Since 2003, we have participated in our regional festival seven times and seven of our pieces have been awarded with a Gala Concert selection. This is our third time being chosen for the National Festival.

Serving as adjudicators for the West Regional 2012 Festival were Kay Anderson former soloist with the Nikolais & Murray Louis Company, Susan Hadley former principal dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group and James Sutton principal dancer with the Houston Ballet and Chicago Ballet companies. They spoke highly of the work and the performers saying the following:
  
“The piece was deeply invested in its investigation, deeply invested in its rehearsal, and deeply invested in its performance.  It was a total package!”
 
- Kay Anderson
 
“This piece was phenomenal!  It intentions was clear from the first moment that they began to move. These dancers danced through the skin, to the belly of the muscle and then through to the bone within! They were predatory, it was like hungry dancing.”
 
  - Susan Hadley       
  
“This work was remarkable!  I loved the dancer’s commitment to the piece, which is rare.   They were highly activated in their stillness.   I was engaged throughout.
I loved how the dancers motions would affect the space.   The space had weight, it had energy.  A really powerful work.”
 
 - James Sutton

Kennedy Center Dance

2010

California State University, Fullerton Department of Theatre & Dance has announced that the Dance Program achieved the honor of being chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the American College Dance Festival’s National Festival May 27, 28, and 29, 2010. This prestigious honor was given to their dancers for their performance of Corvidae choreographed by guest choreographer Colin Connor. The six dancers were Kindra Chenier, Cassandra Cole, Melanie Hansel, Kathryn Lawson, Bobby Neal, and Sara Vincent. Their performance was chosen out of 52 different works from over 30 universities from throughout the Southwest Region.

It is exciting that, since 2003, the Department has had numerous pieces from their program chosen to perform on the Regional Gala Concert. However this is only the second time for them to be selected to perform at the Kennedy Center, and it speaks to the dedication and intensity of the Dance students, and the hard work of the entire faculty.

Serving as adjudicators were the legendary Bill Evans, Robin Wilson (founder of Urban Bush Women) and Peter DiMuro (former member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.) They spoke highly of the work and the performers saying the following:

“I was thrilled that you broke the fourth wall. The piece brought us into a private new world” — Peter DiMuro

“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

“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

The dancers overcame many challenges to bring the power, depth, and artistry of the choreography to the audience. They reached beyond themselves to perform with strength and vulnerability. They were able to communicate the layers of the choreography and speak to the magic of our humanity. Cal State Fullerton is extremely proud of all of them.

 

 

 

 

 


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