Dance

Last dance majors take to the stage in winter showcase for program in transition

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News This weekend will be the last dance for the last two dance majors at Bowling Green State University. Shannon Cleary and Emily Sindyla have prominent roles in the Winter Dance Concert. That’s fitting because once they are gone, the university will have no dance majors. The major has been eliminated as part of the transition of the dance program from the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies to the Department of Theatre and Film. Students will still be able to minor in dance. The change, which has been in the works for about two years, will be official next fall. Shayna Smith (left) and Shannon Cleary dance out in front of the ensemble in the tap number “Valerie.” The Winter Dance Concert will be Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Click for tickets. For Sindyla and Cleary the performance is bittersweet. Both are passionate about dancing and BGSU’s dance program. Neither came to be dance major. Sindyla intended to major in business. Realizing she could study dance “was an added perk,” she said. She ended up majoring in dance with a business minor.    Cleary came to BGSU because “I liked the feel of the campus,” and without a clear idea of what she would study. She also ended up in dance. She’s a double major in dance and journalism and public relations. Shannon Cleary in “Valerie” That they would end up studying dance is not surprising; they both have danced since they were 2 years old. That’s 20 years of dancing. And both hope to remain involved after BGSU. Cleary, who comes from the Akron area, said when she was 8, she moved into a competitive program. From then on that’s what she did. She had dance five nights a week, four hours a night. “When I’m performing, I feel like it’s the authentic version of myself,” she said. Cleary hopes to put her public relations background to work promoting the arts, whether as a social…

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BGSU dancers kick up their heels in Footfalls

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News At last night’s dress rehearsal for Footfalls, the annual dance concert, spirits were high. Dancers took turns being on stage and in the audience, and the performers couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic fans. By the time the dancers from the Jazz 2 class closed out the program, the other dancers were whooping and cheering them on. Set to a 98 Degrees holiday tune, the dancers cavorted in front of a Christmas tree. Everybody was in the spirit. Everyone has the chance to share the fun when Footfalls, takes the stage at 222 Eppler North tonight (Thursday, Dec. 7) and Friday at 8 p.m. on the BGSU campus. Tickets are $5 at the door. The program features performances by students in the programs five classes in jazz, modern, tap and ballet as well as work created by students in the choreography. Those students, explained Colleen Murphy, a lecturer in the program, are responsible for the entire process. Choreographing the dance, designing the lighting, selecting dancers, choosing the music, and arranging rehearsals. Almost all used modern dance techniques. The outlier was Sarah Drummer who took a more ballroom approach. Drummer, a double major in theater and dance, was inspired by a workshop she participated in New York City. She’s been involved in Latin dance since she was little, so the senior decided to include several salsa styles as well as some Middle Eastern ingredients into the mix. The music accompanying the dancers draws heavily on current popular music styles with Lady Gaga, James Blake, and Sara Bareilles among artists whose music pumps out of the speakers. Act 1 closes with the jazz 1 class performing to Bette Midler’s rendition of “Cool Yule.” Not everything was so upbeat. A couple dances were somber reflections on life, love, and belonging. Salon Gegel presented a haunting “Dollhouse Nightmare.” This edition of Footfalls captures the work of the dance program at a pivotal moment. The program is in the process of being moved from the College of Education and Human Development into the Department of Theatre and Film in…


Toledo Symphony, Toledo Ballet present classic “Nutcracker”

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony will work closer than ever before in this December’s production of “The Nutcracker.” It will be the Toledo Ballet’s 77th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. This is a partnership rooted in history, as the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet have collaborated artistically on “The Nutcracker” since the 1940s. This year, the Toledo Ballet has committed to presenting “The Nutcracker” with the full Toledo Symphony in the orchestra pit. This makes the Toledo Ballet’s presentation of “Nutcracker” the only local production to include a full orchestra of professional musicians. The Toledo Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” presented in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony, will be performed December 9th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and December 10th at 2 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets range from $24-$56 and can be purchased by calling 419-246-8000 or visiting toledosymphony.com. The Toledo Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” the longest-running annual production of the ballet in the nation, brings to life E.T.A. Hoffman’s magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. “As two arts organizations, we individually present meaningful and relevant music and dance to our audiences, but we can do it so much better together. So, if you’re going to see ‘The Nutcracker’ this season, I want to make sure that you see the one with the full orchestra. Only then will you really grasp what Tchaikovsky was trying to achieve,” said Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony.“We are excited to partner with the Toledo Ballet in this special way. In an age where many ballet companies dance to prerecorded music, I am proud that the Toledo Ballet will perform with a full, live orchestra. It makes such a visceral difference for the audience and preserves the artistic tradition.” The partnership is not only musical, however. Beginning this season, the Toledo Symphony will incorporate “The Nutcracker” into its annual holiday series, where it will join the orchestra’s popular “Christmas at the Peristyle” and Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra will also provide marketing, public relations, and box office support for the Toledo Ballet’s three “Nutcracker” performances. “This…


BGSU Dance Program showcases local choreography in concert, Jan. 27 & 28

From COLLEEN MURPHY Staff and students of the BGSU Dance Program proudly present the Winter Dance Concert this Friday, Jan. 27,  and Saturday, Jan. 28, . The concert features choreography by Dance Program faculty Kristi Faulkner, Colleen Murphy, Tammy Starr, and Tracy Wilson, as well as undergraduate Dance major Courtney Alston. Dance majors and minors have been rehearsing for the performance since the fall semester. The concert highlights versatility in the BGSU Dance Program, with ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap dances on display. In addition, a special work features Dance Program faculty Tammy Starr and Tracy Wilson, and BGSU Dance Program alumnae Samantha Stearns and Alexa Rittichier. The Winter Dance Concert is produced with generous support from the BGSU Department of Theatre & Film.  The concert will be held at 8pm in the Wolfe Center for The Arts Donnell Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact Colleen Murphy cmurphy@bgsu.edu for additional information.    


BGSU arts events through Feb. 8

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jan. 25 – The Faculty Artist Series presents pianist Robert Satterlee. He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn., among others. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 26 – The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features graduate students Sam Adams and Dan Gualtieri. They will present their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 26 – BGSU’s Jazz Lab Band I will perform with guest artist and saxophonist, Loren Stillman. Stillman has received praise in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and on National Public Radio,marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. His original recordings have received critical acclaim from The New York Times and four star recognition in BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man magazine and Downbeat. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit www.bgsu.edu/arts. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Jan. 27 – Students in the BGSU dance program will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door. Jan. 27 – The College of Musical Arts Guest Artist Series features “Schubert, Songfulness and the Body,” a lecture/recital by pianist Arved Ashby, a professor of music at Ohio State University. Ashby focuses on 20th- and 21st-century art music within broader contexts of cultural history, critical theory, post-Marxist aesthetics, and media and communications. He is the editor of “Listening to Modernism: Intention, Meaning, and the Compositional Avant-garde” (Rochester, 2004) and author of “Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction.” In 1996, Ashby received the prestigious Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society. The lecture recital will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall…