The Dance Minor Program at UW-Eau Claire has a very active performance season that includes a Fall Dance Project, a Fall Student Dance Concert, and our annual main-stage performance, Danceworks, featuring the Ensemble in faculty and guest artist works. All performance opportunities are open to the entire UW-Eau Claire community, regardless of Dance Minor status or enrollment in a dance course, with the exception of the Danceworks, which requires students to be concurrently enrolled in a dance technique class to be members of the Ensemble. Additionally, there are opportunities to explore dance in the surrounding community, participate in guest artist classes and forums, engage in fellow students' research and choreographic projects, and attend national dance conferences and festivals. Please check the Theatre and Dance callboard located in HFA by the dance studio for up-to-date information about the auditions and opportunities noted below, or email Julie C. Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) annual conference
The Dance Minor Program at UW-Eau Claire is an institutional member of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), North-Central Region. Hosted by a different academic institution each year, the Dance Program attends this annual conference in Spring semester. Conference participants engage in intensive, all-day classes with national and international dance artists and educators, have the opportunity to present student choreography in informal and adjudicated forums, and attend evening performances every night that showcase over 50 student and faculty works from across the country. To present work and perform, students must plan on participating in the Department's Fall student dance concert, The Dance Exchange (see below), as this is the UW-Eau Claire avenue for emerging choreographers to submit work at ACDFA.
The ACDFA conference is first open to all Dance Minors and participants will be registered on a first come basis. If there are any open spaces available, this opportunity will then open up to any current UW-EauClaire students involved in the Ensemble and/or students active in dance studies. All interested Dance Minors and students engaged in dance studies are required to attend the informational meeting at the start of the Fall semester.
Fall 2013 informational meeting: Sept. 13th, HFA 190, 5pm.
Fall Dance Project!
Every fall semester, the Dance program explores the collaborative creation of a dance event in an alternative space. Explore dance, performance, and the collaborative creative process like you have never experienced before. We will think way outside the box, creating a performance event that will occur amidst our daily lives on campus and in the community. All are welcome. No performance experience necessary and you do not need to be a dance minor or enrolled in a dance course. Do you move? Of course you do. We all move. Presto! You are qualified by nature, as a human and as a mover. Open call for performers/project planning meeting (please come prepared to move), Friday, September 6th, 5pm. Project rehearsals: TBA, dance program rehearsals are typically MW 4p-6:15p and F 2p-5p. Specific rehearsal days/times for this project will be decided upon cast confirmation from the above program rehearsal times, 4 hours maximum per week, 9-10 weeks, Sept-Oct. Performances: Oct 28th-Nov 1st, times tbd.
The Dance Exchange: A Student Dance Concert
The Dance Exchange is an annual event for emerging student choreographers at UW-Eau Claire that involves a semester's long journey of rehearsals and three Friday Afternoon Dance sessions (FADs), where each choreographer presents her/his work in progress and receives critical response from faculty and local professional dance artists. Following the FADs, selected works are presented in this culminating concert of the choreographic forum. The journey for these emergent movement makers continues as selected works from The Dance Exchange advance to the American College Dance Festival Association's North-Central Regional Conference, Spring Semester.
Choreographers/Performers meeting, Friday, September 13th, 5pm. This meeting will outline the Dance Exchange process for the fall semester and be an opportunity for you to get involved as either a dance maker or a performer. Please prepare a brief description of your proposed work, proposed rehearsal times, and number of dancers you are looking for. All are welcome to submit work!
Performances: Kjer Theatre, Dec. 6 & 7, 2013.
Featuring the Ensemble in faculty and guest artist works that span a wide spectrum of contemporary dance genres, Danceworks is the annual main-stage dance concert in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts. Please visit the Ensemble page for further information about this premiere performing group, requirements, and how you can get involved. 2013-14 Ensemble Auditions: Saturday, November 2nd, 10am-12:30pm.
Danceworks 2014 Performances: Kjer Theatre, May 1-3, 7:30 p.m., 2014