College of Education
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS2401
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401
Phone: (208) 885-7921
Fax: (208) 885-5929
The Center for Dance brings in many top name guest artists each year. Recent guests have included members of Alvin Ailey II, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zanes, Diablo Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus, Urban Bush Women; and choreography by Bill Evans, Henning Rübsam, Alan Senar and Frankie Manning.
The Dance Program welcomed Christopher K. Morgan, rehearsal director and resident choreographer of CityDance in Washington DC. Christopher taught technique classes and choreographed a new work for the Fall Dance Concert. The residency was funded by the ASUI student arts fees.
World renowned jazz dance artist Sherry Zunker taught movement clinics for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, offered a weekend upper level jazz dance intensive including a jazz dance pedagogy workshop for Inland Northwest teachers and choreographed a new work for Dancers Drummers Dreamers. The residency was funded by the Inland Northwest Foundation Florence Wasmer Fund.
The Dance Program welcomed Donald K. Shorter Jr. and Germal Barnes from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance company to restage Arnie Zane's Continuous Replay for Dance Theatre. This signature work received critical praise while it was in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company repertory. The project was supported by an American Masterpiece Grant from DanceUSA, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Clair Porter taught a master class and performed Namely Muscles. Members of the Urban Bush Women taught master classes and Juliet McManis taught and performed for Jazz Festival.
The Dance Program welcomed Alan Sener, professor and chair of the dance department at the University of Iowa. Alan has presented over 50 dances for The University of Iowa Department of Dance. Sener teaches improvisation, choreography and modern dance technique in the tradition of Louis Falco with whom he performed as a principle dancer as part of the New York-based Louis Falco Dance Company. He was entrusted with the artistic direction of the Falco Repertory, a dance legacy with which he continues to be associated. Sener is active as a freelance choreographer, and conducts master classes and choreography workshops worldwide. As a performer and choreographer in film and television, his credits include seven national commercials, three music videos, two industrial videos and two feature films.
The Dance Program also welcomed BodyVox from Portland for a master class.
The Dance Program welcomed Hilary Thomas, artistic director of Lineage Dance, based in the Los Angeles area. Thomas and company member Tara Mosier visited UI in November to set a dance for Dance Theatre. Thomas' athletic style, as well as her partnering techniques, has pleased audiences throughout the country. Lineage Dance has been the guest artists for the past two summer dance workshops at UI. It was a delight for students and community members to see her exciting choreography on the UI dancers.
In spring, 2006, Repertory Dance Theatre from Utah was on campus to teach master classes.
Victoria Uris was on campus to coach the reconstruction of her dance Breakers for the fall concert. Professor Uris has performed with the dance companies of Paul Taylor, Norman Walker, The New York Dance Collective, Sandra Neels, Bowyer and Bruggeman and Rosalind Newman. She has choreographed more than 50 works for companies, including ABT II, Connecticut Ballet Co., Phoenix Repertory Dance Theatre, Maryland Dance Theatre, Contemporary Dance Works, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Her videos have been screened nationally and internationally at various festivals and on public television and cable stations around the country. Professor Uris' teaching areas include modern technique, improvisation, composition, Repertory, video dance and video documentation of dance".