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BFA Dance Concert 'Layers' Showcases Original Choreography

Oct. 15, 2017

Webster University’s Department of Dance in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts presents "Layers." The dance concert showcases the original choreography of senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) dance candidates: Gabriella Farrell, Nicole Kennett, and Isabelle Lande. Hannah Price is a self-interdisciplinary major who is also creating work in the concert.

"Layers" runs Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. The performance is located in Stage III, the lower level of Webster Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted and appreciated.

“I want to explore the different ways concert dance can be created and make connections with the audience,” explains choreographer Gabriella Farrell. “With these pieces, I strive to push myself outside of my box and create something new to me, and new to the dancers. Working with narrative, and non-narrative content can create many opportunities for the audience to perceive the piece and connect with the dancers through their movement. I hope to show the audience something new and exciting that will make them curious about what they know and what they don’t know.”

Farrell has resided in St. Louis since 2007, but she began her dance training in a small dance studio in Plano, Texas, under the instruction of Deborah Korpi. Throughout her training, Farrell attended many small dance studios around the United States, which eventually brought her to Webster to obtain her BFA in Dance. Her most current training includes St. Louis Ballet School, DanceWorks Chicago, and the Department of Dance at Webster.

"Women are a central part of my work right now -- their complexities, how they work in groups, and how they are viewed in society," says choreographer Nicole Kennett. "My choreographic style has one foot in a historical context and another in experimentation and innovation, placing those ideas opposite of each other to create something that is relevant but also looks forward is a goal of mine."

Kennett, a resident of St. Louis, began her dance training at Adams School of Dance, under the instruction of Denise Dodd and other members of the Adams family, where she later taught for several years. Kennett has performed in collaboration with The Big Muddy Dance Company, as a part of the Webster University Dance Ensemble, and worked as the dramaturg for James Robey’s 2017 work, "Anecdoche."

“Throughout my three pieces, I am exploring the use of a continuing narrative,” states Isabelle Lande. “I seek to explore a narrative, intermixed with other themes and maybe a hint of dance theater. I’ve chosen to add the ocean to my work by bringing actual water onto the stage. It may be a little messy, but it's exciting to explore.”

Lande, began her dance training at The Ballet Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to training at Webster, Lande has trained with Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York. Lande has performed in Community Arts Festival STL, American College Dance Association Regional Conference, as well as the Webster University Dance Ensemble.

“We suffer and survive in order to thrive,” explains Hannah Price when discussing her piece.

Price is from Winter Park, Florida. She is pursuing a degree consisting of dance, theater, and special education at Webster.

Concert Information

Webster University’s Department of Dance BFA Choreographer Concert, "Layers," will take place Oct. 12-14 in Stage III, located in Webster Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted and appreciated. For further information, call the Fine Arts Hotline at (314) 968-7128. For more information on the Department of Dance, call (314) 246-7747, email, or visit the Department of Dance website.

Leigh Gerdine Presents Webster University Dance Ensemble 2017

Apr. 17, 2017

Fine Arts Department Presents Webster University Dance Ensemble 2017
Webster dance student Stephanie Borcherding (photo by: Gerry Love)

Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department of Dance presents the Webster University Dance Ensemble 2017(WUDE), under the artistic direction of Beckah Reed.

This year’s concert shares contemporary choreography from international artist Nejla Yatkin; environmental performer and alumna Heather Sultz, and a collaboration with the dancers of Big Muddy Dance Company, with choreographer Thom Dancy. Webster's fine faculty concludes the diverse program with aerial dance, ballet and a contemporary piece that explores some of the challenges of technology in 2017.

WUDE will perform on the Virginia Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 for the general public and $6 for students and seniors.

Contact the Fine Arts Hotline at 314-968-7128 for tickets, or for more information.

Dance Students' Choreography Selected for Gala at ACDA Conference

Apr. 13, 2017

23 Dance Students Attended the ACDA Central Region Conference
Donnie (DJ) Duncan, student choreographer and dancer

On Tuesday, March 28, 23 Webster University dance students, both majors and minors, boarded a bus to Wichita, Kansas for the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) Central Region conference for four days of workshops, concerts, presenting choreography, and performing.

Senior student choreographers Jacob Henss and Donnie (DJ) Duncan presented their choreography for adjudication and Camaron D. Ballard presented his choreography in an informal concert. Of the 40 dances presented for adjudication, 10 were chosen for the Gala Concert.

The adjudicated works come from national guest artists, faculty, and students with the adjudicators not knowing whether they are observing a faculty or student’s work. Both Henss’ duet, which he performed with Josiah Gundersen, and Duncan’s solo work were chosen for the Gala Concert.

“Attending this conference is always a highlight of the year,” says assistant professor and department chair, James Robey. “Jacob and DJ both having their work chosen for the Gala Concert is an honor and testament to the talent, creativity, and innovation of Webster students and faculty.” 

Support for students to attend the conference came from the Student Government Association, the Dance Club, and the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

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