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Queensland Multicultural Festival

September 29th, 2010

Get to know the world without leaving Brisbane.
The 2010 Queensland Multicultural Festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever. Make sure you have your diaries marked for Sunday 17 October at Roma Street Parkland from 10am until 5pm.

Entry, performances and workshops are all free.

Come along and experience:

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  • more than 85 cultural dance and music performances
  • more than 100 international food, craft, information and government stalls
  • fantastic interactive children’s activities provided by the State Library of Queensland
  • hands-on workshops
  • six performance stages

In 2010 you will experience many more craft stalls than previous years. If you like Brisbane’s market culture, you will love this year’s festival!

Roma Street Parkland is a garden oasis located in the Brisbane CBD. It is easily accessible by public transport. For public transport information call Translink on 13 12 30 or visit There will be no parking available at Roma Street Parkland for the festival.

Keep your eyes open for further festival updates.

For further information please contact Michelle Kennedy on (07) 322 45468

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September 28th, 2010

Traditionalists are in for a shock next month when Bournemouth’s Pavilion Ballroom, usually home to elegant tea dances, hosts its first ever break-dance jam session.

Local dance crew Second to None, who have starred on numerous TV shows from This Morning to Top of the Pops, have joined forces with Dance South West and Bournemouth Borough Council for a ‘B-Boy/B-Girl Circle Jam’.

The event features various DJs and takes place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday November 7. It’s open to break-dancers, street dancers and hip hop dancers of all ages and abilities.

And, if ‘head spins’, ‘flips’, ‘windmills’, ‘turtles’ and ‘flares’ are a foreign language to you – there’s plenty of space for spectators.

Cllr Bob Chapman, Cabinet Member for the BIC and Pavilion, said: “I never thought I’d see break-dancing in our historic ballroom – It’s fantastic to see this building already becoming a magnet to all types of dance and I hope people will come along to see history in the making.”

Kate Castle, Director of Dance South West, added: “Break-dance is incredibly popular and it’s so exhilarating to watch; we hope it will give people a flavour of one of the many dance disciplines to be offered when Pavilion Dance opens its doors next year.”break dance

Admission for those wishing to watch or take part costs £3.

Construction work is currently underway on Pavilion Dance – the world-class dance centre in Bournemouth Pavilion will be a venue for everyone, whatever age, ability or preferred type of dance.

It will occupy 1,249 square metres in the currently vacant Ocean Room and former Viking Bar and is due to open in autumn 2010 as the council’s first major Town Centre Vision project.

It will feature a large entrance foyer, community and professional dance studios, changing rooms, and a studio theatre with retractable seating for up to 200.

For further information contact Dance South West on 01202 554131

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September 27th, 2010

WC is hosting the 38th State Dance Festival Oct. 22-24, 2010.

The Dance Program offered at Washington College is designed to train dancers, choreographers, and performers with particular attention to artistry and proper anatomy and biomechanics. These are facets of dance that are viewed as mutually dependent and interactive. Fundamental to the training of the dancer is the building of the dancer’s body; so the program includes technical training in a variety of dance forms as well as Pilates and yoga and work in improvisation, dance composition, dance history, and repertory.

Performances are an important part of the program, ranging in scope according to the student’s abilities, vision, and needs.

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A broad dance curriculum emphasizes both physical and cognitive skills and includes classes for academic credit in:

  • modern dance,
  • ballet,
  • jazz,
  • dance composition,
  • dance history,
  • tap dance
  • musical theatre dance
  • movement for actors.

Students may also take aerobic dance, Pilates, and yoga for additional strength and conditioning of the body.

It is the goal of the program to teach vocabulary of dance movement and knowledge of factors that influence movement by introducing students to kinesthetic awareness and acquiring the fundamental skills of various techniques, developing creative potential through improvisation, developing awareness of tempo, meter, accent, and phrasing in movement, introducing spatial concepts and floor patterns. Students also are exposed to appreciation of dance as an art form by exploring the work of dance artists; viewing dance performances on video/dvd, film, and in live theater; analyzing movement ideas, and composing movement studies based on compositional ideas, musical, or dance forms; understanding musical terminology as it applies to dance; and developing musicality in performance.

The Dance Minor

The Minor Program in Dance shares a performing arts philosophy that courses in theory and history must be integrated with courses and experience in performance. Consequently, the study of dance within the context of a liberal arts education is designed as an important ingredient in the development of students for whom rigorous intellectual and artistic inquiry are inextricably linked. Critical thinking, creative imagination, intellectual and artistic collaboration, and development of aesthetic awareness and communication skills are integral components of the Dance Program. The balance of creative, cognitive, and kinesthetic courses locate the program firmly within the liberal arts tradition.

The Dance Program encourages students to indulge their passion for dance by combining a minor in dance with any of the major programs offered by the College or to incorporate dance into a interdisciplinary major of the student’s own design. Within the dance minor the student will have the opportunity to develop and configure a personal program, matching that student’s academic interests and goals with the requirements of the minor and the College. The Dance Minor offers coursework in dance technique, choreography, history and theory, production and performance. Course offerings strive to create an atmosphere of cooperative learning, group process, and camaraderie within a wide variety of dance traditions. The courses in the dance minor are designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of the art of dance and choreography, the field of dance scholarship, the science of mind/body integration, the craft of performance, and the management and problem solving skills necessary to produce creative work. The distribution of required courses in the minor program provides the student with an introduction to dance composition, history, technique, and theory and allows each student to direct study in the minor toward a specific area of interest. All students in the program will be encouraged to participate in technique and repertory classes each semester.

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2010-2011 EMORY DANCE

September 24th, 2010


The 2010-2011 Emory Dance Program season begins with B-Girling: A Herstory of Hip Hop Dance and Culture,”an Emory Friends of Dance Lecture by Teena Marie Custer, B-Girl and hip hop dance theatre artist (Sept. 14, free), exploring the journey of women in hip hop dance and culture accompanied by demonstrations by local dancers. Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild of Temple University lectures onResearching Performance – The (Black) Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture,”(Feb. 8, free). Using visual images and dance, she will examine the pervasive Africanist presence in American culture and the sociopolitical implications of its invisibility.

Emory faculty George Staib and his company Staibdance join the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom for their second collaboration, “Staibdance, the Vega String Quartet and William Ransom: In Concert,” (Sept. 23-25; Tickets: $25; Discount Category Members $18; Emory Students $10). In 2009 Atlanta critic Pierre Ruhe referred in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to their first effort as “magnetic, tense, euphoric.” Music by Chopin, Einhorn, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Emory’s Kendall Simpson will provide the foundation for the physicality, athleticism and nuance that characterizes Staibdance.

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Emory Dance teams up with other Atlanta colleges and choreographers for the Emory Dance Company Fall Concert, (Nov. 18-20; Tickets: $12; Discount Category Members $10; Students $8), featuring new dances created by Emory’s Lori Teague and Gregory Catellier, Atlanta Ballet principal dancer Tara Lee and T. Lang, director of Spelman Dance Theatre. Bridget Roosa, director of dance at Agnes Scott College, will restage “Shakers,” the 1931 classic by Doris Humphrey, for a cast of student dancers from Agnes Scott and Emory. The Saturday matinee will feature a work by Emory faculty George Staib performed by Spelman’s student company.

Patrons can experience the intersection of film and contemporary dance at “Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera,” (Oct. 14, free, Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd., 30322) a presentation of works from the Dance Films Association. Several Dancers Core co-sponsors two Fieldwork Showcases (Dec. 5, May 1; Tickets: $7 only available at the door), of new works created by community artists in various disciplines. The Women’s History Month Dance and Theater Presentation, (Mar. 17, free) highlights collaborative and individual dance and theater presentations.

Emory Dance welcomes back its alumni for the “Emory Dance Alumni Concert, (Mar. 25-26; Tickets: $10; Discount Category Members and Students $5), which will showcase works choreographed by Emory dance alumni working in the field as performers, choreographers, teachers and scholars. The Emory Dance Company Spring Concert (Apr. 14-16; Tickets: $10; Discount Category Members $8; Students $5) features new works choreographed and performed by students. Emory faculty Gregory Catellier closes the season with an evening length dance and multi-media performance created with six dancers in a Faculty Dance Concert (May 20-22; Tickets: $12; Discount Category Members $10; Students $5).

All performances are in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio at 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.

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September 23rd, 2010

Discover Dance, Newport’s annual dance festival, includes performances, workshops, films and more demonstrating all types of dance from ballet to break dance with opportunities to see national and international dancers perform and chance for you to get involved and learn some new moves!

There is a strong Welsh focus with Independent Ballet Wales performing popular Welsh folk tale The Lady of Llyn y Fan Fach where Artistic Director Darius James has created a world of myth and magic and the dancers push back the barriers of classical ballet.

The all male Welsh award-winning dance company Dynion will perform Excess and hold workshops that will be open to members of the public.National Dance Company Wales will show work from choreographers Stephen Petronio and Itzik Galili.

The renowned Jasmin Vardimon and her dance company combine choreography and use of video in their new dance piece 7734.Not forgetting famous break dance competition, the Welsh BBoy Championships 2010, which take place Saturday 18 September with international b-boy stars including Ivan Urban Action Figure.


This year members of the public have the chance to dance in workshops taking place throughout the Festival including:


  • Tea dance / ballroom
  • Breakdance
  • Hip Hop
  • Contemporary dance
  • African dance
  • Flash mob

The workshops will be held at The Riverfront, outside (weather permitting) and in empty shops throughout Newport in conjunction with the Empty Shops Project.

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