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Guest Artists and Master Classes

2010-2011 Guest Artists

Tu Dance

Tu Dance Company
Artists-in-Residence, Dance/Choreography 
Monday-Friday, October 18-22, 2010
TU Dance will conduct a week-long residency in cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire dance program. 

Dance Master Class
Monday, April 4, 2011
Time TBA
McPhee 105 (Dance Studio)
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Free and open to the public.

Artists Series Performance

Monday, April 4, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Gantner Concert Hall
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Contact the University Service Center 715.836.3727 for ticket information.

Tu Dance company members will work with students in the UW-Eau Claire dance minor program. Tu Dance is one of the nation's newest non-profit professional dance organizations. Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, the Minnesota-based company reaches across dance styles, drawing upon dance traditions from contemporary ballet to modern and traditional forms.  Tu Dance aims to reveal the connective power of dance, celebrating a beautiful diversity on stage. Tu Dance has premiered a compelling repertory of new work by Uri Sands, named as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to watch" and recipient of the inaugural 2005 Princess Grace Award in choreography.  The company has also premiered work by leading American choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Ronald K. Brown.

Karis Sloss
Karis Sloss
Artist-in-Residence, Dance/Choreography

Open Auditions
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
3:00-6:00 p.m.
105 McPhee (Dance Studio)
Auditions to perform in a dance piece choreographed by Karis Sloss for the Spring DanceWorks concert.

Tuesday.-Friday, Jan. 25-28, 2011
3:00-6:00 p.m.
105 McPhee (Dance Studio)

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon
105 McPhee (Dance Studio)

Karis Sloss, Artistic Director, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Dance and Theatre Arts. She has been studying dance for over 20 years. She has been working with The Eclectic Edge Ensemble for the past 7 years producing work around the city. They have performed at The Ritz Theatre, Intermedia Arts, Illusion Theatre, Hopkins Center for the Arts and 5 MN Fringe Festivals. Her other choreography credits include work at SteppingStone Theatre, Children's Theatre, Loring Playhouse, Illusion Theatre, University of MN and College of St. Catherine. Karis works full-time at SteppingStone Theatre as their Development and Community Relations Manager and teaches dance at BALLAREteatro. She is determined to keep Jazz dance alive in Minneapolis. Learn more about Karis and The Eclectic Edge Ensemble at:

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Grey Gardens the Musical:  A Music, Theatre, and Dance Collaboration
The Department of Music and Theatre Arts is dedicated to collaborative work with our students and between our faculty. The production of Grey Gardens was an example of that type of collaboration between the various divisions of the department. The show was directed by Richard Nimke from theatre, choreographed by Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen from dance, and the musical direction and vocal coaching was done under the supervision of Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour from the voice and choral area. Nobuyoshi Nasuda served as conductor for the production. Student collaborators included: Stephanie Kass as dance captain, John Turba for musical direction, and Bret Van Nuland as a student conductor. The actual role of Edith Beale was shared between Dr. Sadeghpour as the younger Edith and Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen as the elderly Edith. In this production, faculty and students shared the stage and the production process, each learning from the other!  Read more.

The Dance Minor
Many young children dream of growing up to become a dancer. A few follow through with that dream, and even come to college to study it. Two such UW-Eau Claire students, dance minors Kate Brown and Aly Hudock, worked on their senior capstone project together. Read more.

Concert Dance Company Performance of "The Book of Ruth"
"The Book of Ruth" was a Faculty/Student Collaborative Research project conceived by dance professor Toni Poll-Sorensen and choreographed and performed by members of the Concert Dance Company. The group uses the interpretation of this novel to educate about domestic violence. Read more.