November 1, 2012
Character dances, which are integral to classical ballets such as the 'Nutcracker,' 'Don Quixote,' and 'Sleeping Beauty,' are a stylized form of folk dance and include distinguishing movements such as slaps, claps, and stomping. This year's Fall Dance Concert includes character dance numbers from 'Swan Lake.'
Colorado State’s University Center for the Arts presents its annual Fall Dance Concert. A reception will follow the November 10 matinee performance.
Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.
Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.
Each year the Fall Dance Concert features a guest artist, either as a director, choreographer, or dancer to be a part of this CSU tradition that consist of contemporary and classical dances presented by dance faculty and students.
This fall, CSU welcomed Professor Richard Wacko from the University of Utah Ballet Department as the guest choreographer in residence. Wacko earned his M.F.A. in dance from the University of Utah and has also studied and practiced the art abroad in Canada and Europe.
During his residency at CSU, Wacko taught ‘character dance’ to CSU dancers, which will be one of the many unique and innovative dances performed during the concert.
“Largely of Eastern European influence, character dance is a subset of the ballet world and the emphasis is on stylized folk dance for the ballet stage,” said Wacko on what makes character dance so unique.
As a guest technique teacher and choreographer, this semester has been Wacko’s first time visiting CSU.
The program will feature one of the most popular examples of character dance in excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
“I’ve always wanted to incorporate character dancing,” noted CSU ballet professor Carol Roderick. “It’s wonderful – lots of fun, entertaining, and a beautiful and challenging experience for our dancers.”
Also on the program will be a healthy dose of modern dances choreographed by CSU faculty. Modern dance teacher Chung-Fu Chang has not only choreographed a piece that will be performed by the CSU Tour Dance Company, but he will also be performing his own solo piece for the concert.
“The Fall Dance Concert is a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with faculty, guest artists, and staff in a professional learning environment,” said Jane Slusarski-Harris, Director of Dance at CSU.
“The concert focuses on an exceptional performing arts experience for the participants and for the audiences.”
For a full performance and event calendar, more information, and to sign up for a free event e-newsletter, visit www.UniversityCenterfortheArts.com.
Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891