Wednesday, June 01, 2016

FINE ARTS CENTER DANCE CONCERT

"Turbulent Wake" choreographed by Tyler Gilstrap
Photo: Shay Felknor

DANCE CONCERT

APRIL 2016


"Wake-Up Call" choreographed by Brian McGinnis
Photo: Shay Felknor


The Fine Arts Center Dancers performed two evening concerts in April that included choreography by Guest Artists Brian McGinnis, Tyler Gilstrap, Nathan Makolandra and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Elizabeth Wright, FAC Dance Faculty, also premiered her work "Walk" on the program.

"Love is for the Poets: choreographed by Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor
"Love is for the Poets"
Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor

"Love is for the Poets"
Kate Skarpetowska
Photo: Shay Felknor

DANCERS ATTEND NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL

MARCH 2016
POINT PARK UNIVERSITY

Seven Fine Arts Center Dancers attended the National High School Dance Festival in Pittsburgh, PA in March where they took classes by college dance professors and professional dancers, saw the Parsons Dance Company perform, attended performances by high school dancers, and attended auditions. The dancers received 33 call-backs, summer dance intensive acceptances and scholarships.



Dancers at Point Park University


Ellen Kilby and Peyton Lemen -FAC Dancers
speak with Christian von Howard,
Dance Professor at Montclair State University



TYLER GILSTRAP-Guest Artist and Choreographer


Tyler Gilstrap
Guest Artist
February 2016

Dr. Fluhrer with Guest Artist Tyler Gilstrap and FAC Dancers


Dancers rehearsing "Turbulent Wake" with Tyler Gilstrap

FAC Dancers-AM Class with Tyler Gilstrap

Tyler Gilstrap set two new works of choreography on the Fine Arts Center Dancers, which were performed in the FAC Dance Concert in April and in the Spring Showcases in May. 


"Turbulent Wake" Photo: Shay Felknor
Choreographer’s statement: Turbulent Wake is a play on words. Wake Turbulence by definition is turbulence that forms behind an aircraft as it passes through the air. It has often been called the “invisible Enemy” for many pilots because planes can get caught in it and lose control.  As an artist, I love to explore the idea of the collective versus the individual and the turbulence it often causes. 





"Great Day!" Photo: Shay Felknor
AM Dancers in FAC Dance Concert April 2016

BRIAN McGINNIS-Guest Choreographer

"Wake-Up Call" performed in the Fine Arts Center Dance Concert

Brian McGinnis Dance Residency
November 2015

Brian McGinnis returned to the FAC to set two new works on the dancers and to restage "Run" that was commissioned by the Fine Arts Center in 2009 and premiered in April 2010.

He choreographed “Wake-Up Call” that identifies with the issue of gun violence as well as “The Things We Carry” that explores the multiplicity of what we hold onto and how it affects our inner landscape.

Brian McGinnis in rehearsal


Sonic Creature-Performance

The FAC Dancers performed "Sonic Creature" in the FAC Dance Concert in April 2016
Choreography: Nathan Makolandra
Photos: Shay Felknor
"Sonic Creature" choreographed by Nathan Makolandra

FAC Dance Concert-photo: Shay Felknor

Nicole Pavia in "Sonic Creature"

Rachel Bierly in "Sonic Creature:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nathan Makolandra-Dance Guest Artist

Nathan Makolandra
Photo credit: Morgan Lugo
Nathan Makolandra was the dance guest artist the first two weeks in September setting a new work, “Sonic Creature” on the afternoon dancers and teaching six master classes in the morning. Nathan began dancing and choreographing in Greenville and received his B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School. He is a founding member of the L.  A. Dance Project founded by Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed and starred in the film The Black Swan

Rehearsal setting "Sonic Creature"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Peyton Lemen attends Boston Ballet Summer Program

Peyton Lemen

Peyton Lemen attended the Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program for five weeks where she took two ballet technique classes and one pointe class daily along with classes in modern, partnering, character and Pilates. Her classes were taught by
members of the Boston Ballet and their faculty. She also enjoyed traveling to Saratoga Springs, New York to see the New York City Ballet perform. 

FAC Dancer attends Lar Lubovitch Summer Dance Intensive



Kiersten Rist with Lar Lubovitch
Lar Lubovitch Summer Dance Intensive

Kiersten Rist attended the Lar Lubovitch Summer Intensive at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in June. Kate Skarpetowska, who was our guest artist in January, taught repertory and classes.
Kiersten Rist (center) with Kate Skarpetowska (right)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rachel Spitzmiller Receives National Dance Award


Rachel Spitzmiller-NDEO National Award Recipient

Rachel Spitzmiller, Fine Arts Center Dancer, has earned the 2015 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award from the NDEO. The awardees were selected by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts adjudication committee.

Junior and senior high school students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts are eligible for this award, one of the highest dance honors program in the nation. Nominees are evaluated based on nine criteria, including artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement. Rachel also submitted a video of her performing her own work of choreography.

Photo credit: Brooke Schneider, FAC Visual Art Student

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Honor Society for Dance Arts Induction







Members of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Jack Beaule, Rachel Bierly, Olivia Hopkins, Lauren Hurley, Ellen Kilby, Peyton Lemen, Samuel Painter, Sydney Parker, Ashley Pavia, Nicole Pavia, Lucy Quattlebaum, Kiersten Rist, Rachel Spitzmiller, Callie Thackston and Leah Wade

Rachel Spitzmiller was the National Winner in the 2015 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, the highest national award given to high school dancers by the National Dance Education Organization!


Sydney Parker was one of two National Finalists in the 2014 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, the highest national award given to high school dancers by the National Dance Education Organization!