The Davis & Elkins College Spring Dance Festival brings local, regional and national artists together on the College campus for three exciting days of concerts and workshops, April 8-10.

Guest artists, students and professionals from the surrounding communities display their talents in two festival concerts, both at 8:00 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium – one Friday, April 8 showcasing D&E student performers and the main concert Saturday, April 9.

Individual workshop prices are $10 each. A Festival Pass to attend eight workshop sessions and both concerts for just $45 is available online or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212. Tickets for the Friday student concert are $5 for the general public, free for children under age 13 and free for D&E students, faculty and staff. Tickets for the Saturday concert are $10 for the general public, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children under age 10. Workshop registration and tickets can be purchased online or by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or the Division of Fine & Performing Arts at 304-637-1212.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 WORKSHOPS

First Session: 11:00-11:45 a.m.

American Vernacular Dance Remix
Emily Oleson
Dances that have sprung up in America often have shared roots. This class will focus on similarities and differences in American social dances. We’ll play with Appalachian flatfooting, contemporary urban dances, and vernacular jazz movement, like the Shorty George, Suzie Q and Charleston, vintage dances of African American origins done in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. We’ll attempt to return these social dances to their social (as in party) context, looking at some historical sources and sociopolitical issues along the way! Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants should wear sneakers or no shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Second Session: 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Dunham-based Modern Dance
Laurie Goux
Find your roots in the rhythm of the Dunham Dance Technique experience! Laurie Goux, Chicago native and 30 year seasoned professional dancer, has trained in master classes with Katherine Dunham and is a protégé of Tommy Gomez, soloist with the original Dunham International Company. The technique is a great workout that synthesizes African rhythms, Caribbean dance and ballet as a part of the movement vocabulary. Beginners and seasoned professionals will be able to enjoy dances of the Caribbean. Open to participants age 8 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants will dance in their bare feet and should wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Third Session: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Yoga
Kelly Alba, Jivaka Wellness
Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants will practice in bare feet and should wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting
Emily Oleson
A close cousin of American tap dance, Appalachian percussive dance is a blend of Irish, West African and Native American Indian dances. While tap is often associated with swing and jazz, clogging and flatfooting have close ties to Appalachian old time music. Exploring the highly improvisational nature of these traditions, we will draw from both clogging and flatfooting vocabulary and examine the places where these forms intersect and overlap. We will explore phrasing, musicality and economy of motion to acquire a solid foundation of rhythmic building blocks. A great class for students of any level; from beginners who want fast-paced steps and improv drills, to advanced dancers who want to hone their technique, facility and repertoire. No previous experience necessary. Leather-soled shoes are recommended but not required. Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear leather soled shoes, tap shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 WORKSHOPS

Belly Dance Basics
Jennifer Carpenter-Peak, TarabRaqs
Learn the essential features of belly dance as you develop the skill of “putting the music on your body” in this live music class. With an emphasis on posture, timing, transitioning, and beginning and intermediate variations, all skill levels of participants can explore and enjoy the potential of this Middle Eastern dance genre and how to apply it to any music.
Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Intermediate Ballet for Kids
Brooklyn Ballet
Focus on fundamental concepts such as maintaining proper body placement, developing strength, building endurance and increasing flexibility. The class includes beginner barre work, center exercises and traveling steps. Open to participants age 8-15. Enrollment maximum: 16. Participants should wear ballet slippers, thin socks or no shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Second Session: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Advanced Contemporary Modern Dance
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet
Class will focus on invigorating the mind and body and connecting with the other movers in the room, while honoring each individual’s approach, history and style. Through improvisational research and acquisition of detailed movement phrases, students will work towards further developing articulate bodies, use of momentum, specificity in their choices, a strong connection to the floor, and a large appetite for space. Get ready to move and sweat! Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Participants should wear no shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Beginning Popping
Mike “Supreme” Fields
Popping was developed on the West Coast in the 1970s and is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a shock in the body. Students will learn dime stopping, robot, ticking, animation and hitting in this class. Open to participants age 8 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants should wear sneakers or clean soled street shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Third Session: 2:45-4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Intermediate Popping
Mike “Supreme” Fields
Popping was developed on the West Coast in the 1970s and is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a shock in the body. Students will learn dime stopping, robot, ticking, animation, hitting, waving and gliding in this class. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals
Mary Christensen
Lindy Hop is the fast and wild 8-count swing dance born in Harlem in the 1930s, which has become the core dance for the international swing dance community today. Based on the swing-out, Lindy may be the most challenging partner dance you ever learn, but it might just be the most fun, too! Come to this workshop to learn to lead and follow the swing-out for the first time or for the hundredth time. We’ll focus on the momentum and frame changes that give a great swing-out its distinctive feel, and we’ll have a lot of fun at the same time. All levels welcome, no prior experience with swing dancing required. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 24. Participants should wear sneakers or smooth soled shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Fourth Session: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Playing for Dancers
Emily Miller
Music and dance are inextricably linked; and playing for and with dancers is a special skill for instrumentalists. This workshop will explore some of the pleasures and pitfalls of working with percussive dancers, social dancers and the relationship between working musicians and dancers in the trad scene. This workshop does involve at least an elementary level of fluency on a musical instrument. For more information, contact Emily Oleson via email. Open to participants age 7 and older Enrollment maximum: 25.

Beginning Tap for Kids
Emily Oleson, Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble
Open to participants age 7-15. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants should wear tap shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 WORKSHOPS

Pilates
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet
A tool for bringing increased strength, balance and efficiency to movements of all kinds, Pilates is a series of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the early-mid twentieth century. Since that time, Pilates methods have been developed to serve movers in the 21st century. In this class students will be introduced to basic concepts and movements that will lay a ground work for better understanding of how the body can move with ease and freedom. We will explore deep core muscles, hip articulation and flexion and extension of the spine. Towards the end of class we will stand the movements up so that students get a sense of how the Pilates concepts can serve them in their everyday dancing and living. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.
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Raqs Sharqui History and Music Lab: Unlocking the Mystery of Mid-East Music and Belly Dance
Jennifer Carpenter-Peak
Belly dance is among the most misunderstood dance forms in America today, and its music, obscure. At this multi-media workshop, learn how this legacy began, why this highly technical dance form has been maligned by Western society, and the essentials to appreciating these arts. With drumming, live music and hands-on activities, learn the fundamental rhythms and the basics of instrumentation essential to the music and dance.Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants are welcome to bring their own instrument.

Second Session: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Intermediate/Advanced Teen and Adult Ballet
Brooklyn Ballet
Focus on intermediate barre work, center exercises and movement combinations. Students will learn technique and placement, while emphasizing musicality. It is recommended that the student have two years of previous ballet training.
Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear ballet slippers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Partner Charleston
Mary Christensen
Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 24. Participants should wear sneakers or dress shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Third Session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Intermediate Modern
Meredith Bove
Class will focus on finding efficient movement pathways, spatial connections, and a sense of ease and clarity in our dancing. Movement sequences and improvisational frameworks will be offered as ways to experience relationships to time, range of motion and momentum. We will use gravity, combined with an attention to alignment, to bring us into and through space, beginning with movement phrases that are simple and repetitive, to help us identify our particularity to specific forms. Gradually, we’ll move into more complex phrase work, allowing these particularities to come into full expression while dancing rigorously and fully together.
Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear no shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Intermediate Tap Dance
Maud Arnold
Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 25. Participants should wear tap shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Fourth Session: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Choose One

Blues Dance
Mary Christensen
You know that the great American blues tradition has produced over a hundred years of rich, beautiful music, but did you know there’s a partner dance that grew with the music? Blues dancing focuses on listening closely to your partner and to the music for connected, creative dances. This class will introduce you to the basic frame and movement patterns that make blues dancing so much fun. And after the session, use what you’ve learned for the afternoon social dance party. Open to participants age 12 and older. Enrollment maximum: 30. Participants should wear sneakers and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

Debke Mediterranean Folk Dance
Jennifer Carpenter-Peak, TarabRaqs
Join us for a fun-filled session of learning this energetic line dance ubiquitous at celebrations in Eastern Mediterranean countries. With live and recorded music, learn the basics steps and cues and discover some surprising similarities to American vernacular dances.Open to participants age 7 and older. Enrollment maximum: 50. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and comfortable clothing that allows them to move without getting distracted.

DANCE FESTIVAL CONCERTS

Friday, April 8
Student Concert
8:00 p.m.; Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
$5 General Admission; Free for Children Under 13; Free for D&E Students, Faculty and Staff

The Student Concert is a program showcasing D&E student dancers in student and faculty choreography, including work by students Jonathan Callahan, Eli Luchessi and Alina Soltis, and faculty Emily Oleson and Laurie Goux.

Saturday, April 9
Festival Concert
8:00 p.m.; Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
$10 General Admission; $8 Students and Seniors; $5 Children Under 10

Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Street shoes are not allowed in Pit Dance Studio or on the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium stage. Please bring appropriate footwear for the styles you will study.