Dance Placement Orientation For Incoming Dance Students
Who: All incoming Dance majors, minors and other experienced dancers looking to take dance classes.
What: Orientation for the major and minor - meet your faculty and fellow dance students! Placement session for DANC technique classes (Ballet, Modern, Jazz). PLUS, learn about the various Dance activities happening on campus!
When: Friday, August 25, 10am
Where: Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Room 409
We look forward to meeting our new Dance students!
Sandra Kaufmann to Receive Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence
This year, Director of Dance Sandra Kaufmann is a recipient of the Edwin T. & Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence. The Sujack Teaching Awards were established in 1994 by Edwin T. and Vivijeanne F. Sujack in order to take special notice each year of two outstanding teachers in the College of Arts and Sciences. These awards recognize superb teaching of undergraduate students. Past recipients include Director of Music Anthony Molinaro, among others.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kaufmann. To commemorate the award recipients, there will be a ceremony held on Monday, April 25 at 4 pm in the McCormick Lounge, located in Coffey Hall.
Summer Registration Begins February 15
Interested in taking a dance class this summer? The DFPA is offering the following classes in Dance for the Summer Term:
- Ballet I (DANC 111)
- Internship in Dance (DANC 394)
- Independent Study (DANC 395)
- Fieldwork in Chicago: Dance (DANC 397)
Registration for summer classes opens Monday, February 15, 2016. For more information about Summer Term, click here.
Healing through dance
By Tanner Walters | Student reporter
Every week, Loyola dance instructor Sarah Cullen Fuller helps Chicagoans with Parkinson’s disease deal with their symptoms in a non-conventional way: by teaching them to dance.
Fuller founded the Parkinson’s Project at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to provide dance opportunities for people with the disease, a disorder of the nervous system that progressively impedes movement.
“I felt very much connected to trying to find ways to bring dance to populations that might not otherwise have access to it,” Fuller said. After completing a workshop with the Dance for PD program in New York City, Fuller decided to develop her own program at Hubbard Street.
Hubbard Street now offers three free classes a week as part of the project. The success of the class inspired the creation of the larger Adaptive Dance project, which now includes a program for dancers with autism.
Teaching artists incorporate chairs for dancers who are less mobile than others. Fuller emphasized that the classes are not designed to be physical therapy sessions, but to allow participants to grow as artists.
“It really is a dance class like any other,” Fuller said. “It’s rooted in classical modern and ballet techniques.”
But the classes are far more than dance sessions. Studies have shown that dance programs can alleviate symptoms for Parkinson’s patients, Fuller said, and she sees these positive effects with every class.
“I see it benefiting our dancers, even from a dance lens. Even by the end of one class, they are often moving with more freedom and with less obstacles and tremors,” Fuller said. “While these dancers are dealing with a degenerative disease, the way that they are accumulating information by way of dance technique is kind of astounding.”
The classes have been just as powerful as a way to bring together a community of people with the disease and those who love them, who are encouraged to come and dance as well.
“This is a group of people who celebrate holidays together, mourn the loss of people together, enjoy the birth of people together,” Fuller said. “It is a community that extends way beyond the class itself, which I feel so grateful to be a part of. It’s been such a benefit just to me personally.”
In October, dancers from the Parkinson’s Project joined Loyola students and others for a “community movement session” at the In/Motion film and dance festival. The session was a response to a screening of Capturing Grace, a documentary about the Dance for PD program that served as a model for Hubbard Street.
The Parkinson’s Project dancers also were featured in the Virtual Dance Ensemble, a project headed by Loyola dance instructor Amy Wilkinson and alumna Sarah Prinz. It seeks to “explore and transform the idea of community by bringing individuals from vastly different backgrounds together through the joy of movement,” across digital platforms.
The Pleiades Open Rehearsal
This includes an opportunity for visitors to see an open rehearsal for The Pleiades, celestial choreography by Director of Dance Sandra Kaufmann. The rehearsals will be held on Friday, November 13 and Friday, November 20, both from 4:30-6:30 pm in Mundelein 409. Open to visitors to see the “behind the scenes” of rehearsal, inspired by Elihu Vedder’s painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Three Fates Gathering in the Stars, this classical work places the fates within the seven-sister constellation.
For more information about the Celebrating Galileo event, click here.
Interview with Sandra Kaufmann
The Loyola Dance Program recently produced its first mainstage concert, which was held in the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre from February 13-16, 2014. Prior to the concert, founding director Sandra Kaufmann offered a peek into the growing program and this performance.
Tell us a bit about Loyola's Dance Program and the concert this spring.
The dance concert is the last piece in a very complex puzzle that we have been assembling since 2004, when we proposed the dance program here at Loyola University in three phases. It really represents the culmination of a seven year journey. The beginning of the journey was, of course, just to get dance on this campus and to secure a space for dance. The second phase was the dance minor, and the third phase is the dance major. Now that we have the dance major in place, which was really significant and took a lot of doing, we will have our inaugural mainstage performance in the spring.
What distinguishes the curriculum at Loyola?
Our program is based in classical ballet, which is very much in line with the Jesuit tradition of learning. Most other dance programs–B.A. programs specifically–do not have this emphasis.
What makes the Mainstage Concert vital to the growth of the Dance Program?
In addition to the curriculum we provide, rehearsal and performance of choreography is an essential component of our students’ artistic training. Organizing a concert has been a major project that requires significant resources, but we are thrilled to see that our students are going to take part in a process where they can work with choreographers and stagers of classical pieces. They are going to be challenged and grow wonderfully as artists because of this opportunity.
The title of the concert is Past, Present, and Future. Can you explain the meaning behind this?
Not only does it inaugurate our program, but it also gives insight into the philosophy of what we are trying to do as a program that is committed to rigorous training in classical techniques. In each concert, we would like to provide our students with a threefold opportunity that represents a past, a present, and a future.
What will the Past, Present, and Future works consist of?
For the past, we will always present a classical ballet piece staged by our ballet master as well as a classical modern work. This year, they will be the “Pas de Six” from “La Vivandiere,” a romantic ballet, and “Grieg Concerto,” a stunning art deco masterpiece choreographed by Doris Humphrey in 1928. Both have rigorous technical requirements and provide context for our students to understand where our art form has come from.
For the present, our current dance faculty members, the people who are mentoring our students right now, will stage works for the concert. I will set a steam punk piece set to an original score by Tom Holmes, who happens to be one of our accompanists here at Loyola. Amy Wilkinson will create a new work, and Sarah Fuller will do a contemporary pointe piece.
Two components represent the future. First, our dance concerts will always feature the finest representation of student choreography presented in our composition showcase. We want to support a young student choreographer. This year we have selected Alicen Schade, who has created a marvelous trio called “Not So Bitter After All,” and we are really looking forward to it. It is both a well-executed and mission-centric piece of choreography, so we thought it would be perfect for our student contribution. Secondly, because we live amidst such a fantastic dance market here in Chicago, we will take the opportunity to commission a new work from a rising star or master choreographer for each dance concert. This year we are bringing in Benjamin Wardell, who will create a piece for our students. He has a fantastic background, and has had a wonderfully successful career in both classical ballet and post-modern dance.
We are eagerly looking forward to showcasing the talent and hard work of our dancers, faculty, and guest artists!
LUC Dance Theatre in Vietnam
Watch Cloudburst by Eric Witacre performed by the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City featuring Loyola University's very own Dance Theatre! Click here to watch the performance.
Dance Minor Orientation on Friday August 28th
Dance Minor Orientation
Friday August 28 at 4:30pm
All students currently enrolled or entering the Dance minor should attend this orientation. It will cover coursework, performances, and audition opportunities for the 2015-16 academic year.
Dance program will be performing at LUMA on Saturdays in September
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