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FSU Dance alum Yeman Brown (BFA '14) recently joined the cast of Bob Fosse's Dancin'! Premiering at San Diego's The Old Globe April 29, Dancin' is an anthology of dance vignettes, using a wide variety of styles, existing songs and no book. Congratulations! https://www.playbill.com/article/full-cast-and-creative-team-revealed-for-bob-fosses-dancin-at-the-old-globe

📸: Rachel Neville

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FSU Dance alumna and Dean's Advisory Council member Adele Myers (MFA 2000) and her company Adele Myers and Dancers will premiere a new work April 8-10 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay! https://smdcac.org/events/twist-these-women-space-and-time

T.W.I.S.T. (These Women in Space and Time) is a new evening-length dance theater work featuring the company’s signature blend of athletic physicality and personal theatricality with a dash of wry wit. T.W.I.S.T offers engaging and empowering acts of female solidarity performed by a dynamic ensemble of female athletes of the heart.

Are you a current student or alum of the College of Fine Arts? Send us your career updates and recent accomplishments to be featured on our social media accounts! We want to hear what you’ve been up to. https://bit.ly/3yqJ8YH

Miami Seminole Club
Anjali Austin, Chair of FSU Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Member of 13 Years. We salute you! Learn more: https://dance.fsu.edu/anjali-austin/
FSU Dance hosted the 2022 Southeast Regional Conference for the American College Dance Association March 12-15! 91 classes and workshops were held at Florida State University‘s Montgomery Hall. It was especially gratifying to welcome 25 schools to our facilities and campus and scores of .

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FRIDAY, 3:30 PM EST: Students are invited to join the College of Fine Arts and three members of the Dean's Advisory Council for a discussion on entrepreneurship and the arts! A panel talk and reception will take place in FAB room 249. Register here: https://forms.cfa.fsu.edu/college-of-fine-arts-forms/rsvp-forms/general-rsvp/

Our three panelists are passionate about advancing the arts at FSU and have each been innovative in the way that they approach and create businesses, despite very different training and backgrounds.

•Two-time Seminole 100 winner Sara Dimmick (BFA FSU Dance 2001) is a former dancer who parlayed her skills into a unique personal training company, Physical Equilibrium, in New York City

•Culturally-driven marketing firm Liquid Soul Media founder Tirrell Whittley, whose strategies often rely on music, art and entertainment to connect with target markets
Join FSU Dance as MFA candidates Calypso Haddad and Dedrick Gray present their thesis works in a two-for-one special concert in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall. Admission is free, RSVP here: https://forms.cfa.fsu.edu/department-forms/school-of-dance/rsvp-to-dedrick-gray-and-calypso-haddads-mfa-concert/

Calypso Haddad's behind the table confronts the linage of American Musical Theatre dance and questions the narrative of its predominately male-dominated history.

Dedrick "D.Banks" Gray's R3Mx: An Embodied Structured Mixtape is a work in progress performance comprised of six movements and visual tracks about Black Linguistics.
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Very proud of our students who took part in training opportunities over the weekend!

Katie received a Platinum ranking and a “You light up our Weekend” scholarship at Force Dance Tour; Ruby, Victoria and Hailey opted to focus on ballet training at the Young Dancers’ Workshop hosted by FSU Dance! We love guiding dancers in their unique dance journeys; there are so many different paths to take—we make sure they’re all paved with the passion, information and encouragement they need to succeed❤️❤️
FSU Dance MFA candidate Danie Lindsey presents her thesis film Straight, Yet Narrow TONIGHT and TOMORROW, 7:30pm at the Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre in Montgomery Hall on FSU's campus! Admission is free.

Straight, Yet Narrow is a dance film about a young black woman who is faced with the decision to undergo a procedure that would permanently alter her hair follicles causing her hair to grow straight. This film sparks conversation surrounding black communities’ convoluted relationship to their hair, discrimination against those with tightly coiled hair, and against what darker-skinned people face within their own spaces.

📸: Ryker Laramore

Florida State University Graduate School
Theater with a Mission

Invites actors to audition & stage managers and choreographers to interview, for the Loco for Love Festival, March 6th, 2022

What? Staged readings of two short comedies, recently translated, from the Spanish Golden Age.

Who? Arden Kelly, www.ardenkelly.com, will be directing and theatre making with you!

When? This Monday, January 24th and Tuesday, January 25th from 6pm to 8pm.

Where? Zoom link: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/98616676005

How? Actors be prepared to move and have fun playing your characters large, small and somewhere in between. Stage managers & choreographers have your CV prepared and ready to talk about your experience and role in the theatre.

$$$? Stipend paid.

Other important info: All identities & abilities welcome. Please contact Arden Kelly at https://www.facebook.com/arden.kelly.3/ to let me know you’re attending!

Thank you,
Today is and we are looking at the Dance Alumni Scholarship!

The Dance Alumni Scholarship was established in 1989 and was the first endowed fund created for dance at FSU. The brainchild of Sharyn Heiland Shields (MM 1968) and production manager Odette Salvaggio, this scholarship supports FSU Dance students as they pursue their creative endeavors in a university setting.

We reached out to three past recipients - Ashley Brown (MFA '10, K-12 Dance Coordinator for Prospect Schools), Diane Cahill Bedford (BFA '03, MFA '10, Clinical Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Dance Program), and Kieron Sargeant (MFA '19, interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, dancer, dance researcher and Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Iowa Department of Dance) - to learn about how the scholarship impacted their academic and professional careers. https://dance.fsu.edu/2021-school-of-dance-magazine/

ICYMI: The newest edition of the FSU Dance magazine is out now! The School of Dance Magazine offers a collection of the many events and accomplishments of the department. It serves as a voice for the alumni, students, and faculty of the Florida State University program, as well as a beacon for prospective students, with all the information about the department, including its history, details on programs, and more. 🩰 https://dance.fsu.edu/2021-school-of-dance-magazine/

📸: Gianna Mercandetti

Our approach encourages fluidity between the processes of making art, honing craft and deepening int Includes an Internship!

—Small class sizes.

As one of the top dance programs in the nation, FSU Dance is known for:

—Prestigious, award winning resident faculty and staff.

—Exciting guest artists, teachers and choreographers.

—The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. One of our nation’s only
choreographic research center within a university setting.

—Extraordinary dance and performance technology facilities.


Operating as usual

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School of Dance graduate student Tenisha George will be performing alongside MANCC artist Leslie Parker in the New York premiere of “Divination Tools: imagine home” Oct 5-7, 2023, at Danspace Project. Parker developed the work, in part, at MANCC in March 2023 inviting both George and faculty member Farai Malianga into her development process.

Photo 1: Samantha Mama Diarra Speis, Leslie Parker and Tenisha George in rehearsal for “Divination Tools: imagine home” at MANCC.

Photo 2: Leslie Parker and Tenisha George discuss research for “Divination Tools: imagine home” at MANCC.

Photo 3: Farai Malianga and Leslie Parker in a workshop Parker provided for School of Dance students.


MANCC and the School of Dance celebrate the world premiere of Living Legacy Artist Dianne McIntyre’s latest work “In the Same Tongue” at the Walker Art Center from October 5-7, 2023. McIntyre developed the work at MANCC in November 2022 and invited FSU School of Dance students Emma Edy Morris, Sherrod Reid, Taylor West, Sky Barnes, Abigail Nelson and Megan Murphy into the work as a pilot for community inclusion as the piece tours in the future.

Photo Caption: “In the Same Tongue” rehearsal with FSU School of Dance students at MANCC. Photy by Chris Cameron

Image Description: Group of dancers clustered together, bend knees and look up.


Guess who made the "10 College Dance Programs You Should Know" list by Backstage.com.

The School of Dance ranked 4th in their listing of "Best Dance Colleges in the U.S."
Repost from the article below.

4. Florida State University
Skill-building: The dance BFA program at FSU allows students to explore performance and choreography, as well as pedagogy, history, and aesthetic. Other courses include music and choreography, composition, movement analysis, and production. Potential students should note that before advancing to the next level of any studio technique, dancers must demonstrate a certain level of progress or retake the course. The school also offers dancers a study abroad program in Paris, featuring master classes and courses in dance history.

Performance opportunities: Every year, the school of dance produces the Days of Dance and Evening of Dance concert series on its main stage, as well as a selection of master thesis projects. The school hosts smaller performances in its black box studio.

Post-college prep: Dance at FSU offers multiple opportunities for students to be exposed to the industry, including a semester in New York City featuring classes, performances, and internship opportunities at the likes of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and the Merce Cunningham Trust. At the school’s main campus, students attend regular dance forums—including lectures by industry professionals—throughout their undergraduate careers.

Notable alumni: Lela Aisha Jones, Yeman Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

To see the full article, https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/best-college-dance-programs-3219/

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Meet BFA Program Director and Professor Ilana Goldman!

Ilana Goldman is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator, currently serving as Associate Professor of Dance and BFA Program Director at Florida State University. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence.

She was Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park (2022), Choreographer in Residence of Metro D.C.’s Bowen McCauley Dance Company (2018–2019), and choreographed works for Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance Seattle, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Perry-Mansfield, Shenandoah University, Florida State University, and University of Washington. Her choreography was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Trey McIntyre Project, and as a guest artist with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, George Faison, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper, John Clifford, Septime Webre, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others.

Her short dance films screened at international film festivals in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Italy, Cyprus, Slovakia, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, England, Greece, Russia, India, and Malaysia.


Dance in Paris 2024, accepting applications.


Dance in Paris 2024 is now accepting applications.


Are you joining us during Alumni Week?

November 1-5, 2023

Wednesday, November 1 – 10:30 – 11:50 am Alumni Forum Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre

Friday, November 3 – 9:00 – 11:50 am Masterclasses with Alumni Montgomery Hall

Friday, November 3 – 7:30 pm An Evening of Dance Performance Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre

Saturday, November 4 – 2:00 pm Matinee – Alumni Showing Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre

Saturday, November 4 – 7:30 pm An Evening of Dance Performance Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre

Saturday, November 4 – Post-Concert Reception

Sunday, November 5 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Closing Breakfast (off-site location)


Florida State University’s School of Dance and Friends of Dance will once again host the Young Dancers Workshop on February 3rd and 4th, 2024.

The workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced students ages 10-18, and will provide students the opportunity to take master classes from world-renowned ballet, contemporary, and modern dance artists and other FSU School of Dance faculty.

Register Today

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Meet faculty member Kara Wilkes! Kara is a beloved teacher and choreographer who joined us last fall. Read her bio below for a complete look into her background.

A Milwaukee native, Kara Wilkes is an educator, choreographer, dancer, visual artist, and filmmaker. Her expertise in classical and contemporary ballet is extensive and supported by her twenty-year career performing with Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ballet Victor Ullate, Charlotte Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Kara has danced leading roles in works by Alonzo King, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and others. She has been named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine and one of “12 Standout Performances of 2015” by Pointe magazine; in 2016, she performed in the TEDWomen Conference in San Francisco. Kara has also served as Ballet Master for LINES and continues to teach workshops and répertoire for the organization. She has taught all levels of dance, including master classes for Duke University, University of Iowa, UC Santa Barbara, University of Georgia, and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. In 2019, Kara earned her MFA in Dance from Hollins University and has since been on dance faculties at Florida State University, Wake Forest University, Mills College, and Santa Clara University.

Kara was a 2021-22 Toulmin Choreography Fellow through NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts and National Sawdust. She has recently created works for Chautauqua Dance, FSU, Traverse City Dance Project (New Voices Choreography Fellow), Texas Christian University, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, and COCA (Center of Creative Arts) in St. Louis. Kara’s choreographic research embraces collaboration, experimentation, and irony. Her work investigates generational trauma (due to addiction) and healing; it also focuses on how the Information Age impacts human relationships and the planet. Kara is a movie enthusiast whose creations are often cinematic and offer non-linear narratives; viewers are exposed to various artistic mediums and theatrical elements such as props/sets, facial expressions, voice, and gesture-inspired movement.

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Congratulations to recent alum Cameron Kay whose newest choreographic work "Interface" has been selected to perform in the 42nd Annual Battery Dance Festival in New York City!

Kay presented "Interface" during the most recent Days of Dance. The work explores the dynamics of different energies and how they interact in space. Featuring an original score composed in collaboration with Farai Malianga, “Interface” emphasizes how individual voices can shift space. The work visually embodies how the dancer’s bodies serve as vessels for potential and kinetic energy, how entities magnetize and repel and react to one another.

This work will debut in NYC alongside 7 other amazing SoD current students and alumni: Macy Borter, Heather Cruise, Alex DiCastro, Maddie McClure, Abigail Stinnett, Caroline Walshe, and Khamille Williams.

If you are in NY, you can catch their performance in the Young Voices in Dance program this Saturday, August 12th at 7:00pm at the beautiful outdoor festival in Rockefeller Park! And if not, you can register to watch the live stream at the link below.


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Have you had the chance to visit "Do it With Love: A Gallery Exhibit" in the William Johnston Building? If not, don't worry.

You have another week to check out the wonderful exhibit documenting the School of Dance's 90 years of dance, 60 years of offering degrees, and 20 years as the home to MANCC.

The exhibit is filled with photos, videos, and artifacts. The gallery is open 9 am - 5 pm for general browsing.

If you go, let us know if you saw yourself in any of the photos.


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Dance in Paris 2023 was a huge success! During their last week abroad, the dancers attended two performances, Faustin Linyekula at Theatre du Chaillot, and Crazy Horse's "Totally Crazy," followed by a closing dinner at Ginger. They shared their final film presentations as a group on Friday and closed out the program by speaking on their experiences after four weeks in Paris. The Dance in Paris students are incredibly grateful for Kehinde Ishangi, program leader, for leading this group so gracefully, Tiffany Rhynard, for teaching the students so well, and La Toya Davis-Craig, for assisting with scholarships for the program!

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Wrapping up Week 1 of the Summer Dance Intensive at St. George Island. Sun, fun, and birds (lots of birds) is the perfect way to reset after a week of dancing 6 classes a day.


As the School of Dance prepares to embark on a year-long celebration honoring 90 years of dance history at Florida State University, Do it with Love: A Gallery Exhibition, serves as the opening event.

The exhibition in the Willam Johnston Building Gallery (WJB 1085) is on display from June 12-July 29. A special opening reception will take place on Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter, Professor Emerita, retired in 1997 after a 45-year life in dance. For 33 years, she served as chairperson of the Department of Dance and etched the notion of "do it with love" into all who came through then Montogomery Gym and now known as Montgomery Hall. In 2023, this remains a guiding principle of the department and inspiration for the exhibition's title.

"Dr. Fichter's commitment and dedication to dance built the foundation of what the School of Dance is today. She held a vision for unimaginable possibilities and instilled in many of us a fortitude for moving the field forward. The exhibition is representative of this." Anjali Austin, co-curator and SoD Chair.

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Week 3 in Paris has come to a close! The Dance in Paris students have begun selecting their own technique classes and collecting footage for their final film project. This week, they visited The Centre Pompidou, where they observed modern art and film, and watched another performance at the Palais Garnier, Peeping Tom's "Triptych." They also enjoyed an Afro-Modern class with Georgey Souchette on Friday. Wish them luck as they enter their final week in Paris!

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Our Dance in Paris students have had another exciting week in the city! They have spent their days taking technique classes in various studios around Paris and working on independent film projects in their free time. This week, they took a tour of both the Louvre and Musée de la Cinematheque Française to deepen their understanding of art and film history, and on Friday night, they watched the amazing Batsheva Dance Company perform. In just two weeks, these students have already greatly expanded their knowledge and experience of dance culture abroad!

Photos from FSU Dance's post 05/28/2023

Bonjour from Paris!

Our Dance in Paris students have had a great first week taking class and getting adjusted to the beautiful city. In just the past seven days, they have taken four technique classes, attended a ballet at L'Opera National, taken a walking tour of Montmartre, and viewed dance archives at the The Centre Nationale de Danse.

Throughout the next three weeks, they will continue to take a technique class each morning, facilitated by Associate Professor Kehinde Ishangi, participate in the Dance Film class in the afternoon, taught by Associate Professor Tiffany Rhynard, and view shows in the evening.

Wish our dancers the best of luck as they continue their dance studies abroad in such an inspiring city!

Photos from FSU Dance's post 05/03/2023

Enjoy photos from this semester's Contact Improvisation class taught by Tiffany Rhynard and accompanied by Farai Malianga!

All photos by Kameron Kerns

Photos from FSU Dance's post 04/28/2023

Celebrating the last week of classes here in NYC! Our own Kyra Singh helped host Marilyn Maywald Yahel for a Feldenkrais class and discussion of longtime performance with choreographers Beth Gill and Vicky Shick. 💎✨

We headed next to Pier 25 for an outdoor improvisation workshop with Ootherside Collective overlooking the Hudson River, and ended the afternoon in support of Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Cares at the uproariously funny and heartfelt Easter Bonnet Competition at the famed Miskoff Theater! A trip to John Kristiansen's costume shop introduced us to the world of sewers, tailors, and stitchers to the stars! 🌿🐰🎭👗🪡🧵

The last day of capstone course was full of big feelings and anticipation for this Saturday's performance at CPR, and we couldn't be prouder of the enormous success of this semester experience!!

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Meet senior Elizabeth Zuccaro for this week's !

Elizabeth graduated from A.W. Dreyfoos, Jr. High School of the Arts in 2019 as a dance major focusing on ballet and modern. She continued developing her artistic interests at Florida State University (FSU) and will receive her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography this May 2023. Zuccaro is continuing her education and earning her MA in the Dance Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Welsh.

With a specialization in the dance sciences, Elizabeth especially cares about the dancer as a whole. She prioritizes healthy movement patterning and efficient methods to enhance performance while considering the most recent findings in dance research. Zuccaro’s mission is to grow both the dance and dance science fields so that both domains can reap the benefits of a science entirely devoted to the art of dance; and so that the rest of the world can truly understand what we do.

Photos from FSU Dance's post 04/21/2023

Just 1 more week left of the Arts in NYC Spring ‘23 semester!

Saturday evening, Arts in NYC hosted a wonderful Social Hour. It was lovely getting to reconnect with those of you who joined and to hear stories about your current happenings in life. 🥳

Monday morning, Briana Melson helped us welcome April Biggs (SoD Alum) & Emily Hansel, both members of the Dance Artists National Collective (DANC), who joined us via zoom and shared a fruitful discussion surrounding the organization, its mission toward advocating for safe, equitable, and sustainable working conditions for dancers in the U.S. We look forward to attending the next DANC meeting! 💪💪💪

Following DANC’s visit, we headed to the Musuem of the City of New York and received a lovely tour of the Activist New York exhibition from Gabriel Tennen. Thank you, Gabriel, for guiding us through different social activism taking place in the 5 boroughs of NYC, starting us off in the 17th century and leading us through to social activism taking place today. 🖤

Next up ➡️ catch us at CPR April 29 for our end of semester capstone performance of ONWARD!

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Today's featured work is Sophia Pfitzenmaier's "I CAN't do this," which will be featured in Program A of Days of Dance on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30PM.

"'CAN’t do this' is about fears. The debilitating fears that haunt you in your day to day life, while you sleep, and throughout your lifespan. Fighting to overcome each small fear at a time until your biggest fear takes over." - Sophia Pfitzenmaier

Sophia Pfitzenmaier is a native of Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is currently a 3rd year dance BFA major at Florida State University intends to graduate in Spring of 2024. Sophia embraces dance as a mechanism to communicate emotions and the nuances of the human condition through the universal language of movement. She is a dancer, choreographer, and photographer. She looks forward to exploring new ways of communication through different artistic mediums.

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Today's featured work is io Ermoli's "Is it ... now?," which will be performed in Program B of Days of Dance on April 21 at 7:30PM and April 22 at 2PM.

"'is it... now?' asks the question: When? If not now… when? Is it time? Is it now? When I was… When I was… here. She and her collaborators hope to leave the audience with a sense of peaceful wonder. Io invites everyone to linger in what comes up for them while viewing the piece and enjoy the journey." - io Ermoli

io Ermoli was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia where she danced and competed for thirteen years at Gretchen Greene School of Dance. She furthered her training at the performing arts high school, Savannah Arts Academy. Currently, io lives in Tallahassee and attends Florida State University as a third-year BFA Dance Major, training under the likes of Jawole Zollar, Donna Uchizono, Ilana Goldman, Kara Wilkes, Tim Glenn, and Tom Welsh. Her love and passion for dance has grown throughout the years and expanded to include dance film, conditioning, projection work, and music composition. Recently, her latest projection dance film in collaboration with Katie Rolph, “in flux”, has been accepted and will be presented at The Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach, FL. This is the second year io and Katie have been accepted into the festival for their projection dance films that utilize projections, editing, dance, and original scores. She is also in the beginning stages of a lifelong project researching her Japanese/Italian heritage and the traditional cultural dances that already live within her. io hopes to continue to create and explore in the future.

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Photos by Anna Marie Parish

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Today's featured piece is Aleck Condon's "Auto."

"Throughout the creation of "Auto" my cast has pushed me both as a choreographer and as an individual. Working with only three dancers, I was able to create interesting dynamics and relationships between each dancer on stage. The powerful music score that accompanies the dancers helps drive the movement forward as well as highlight these interpersonal relationships that we have developed. One of the most memorable moments from the process was our first full-out run of the piece. At the end, there was a sense of pride in our work and in each other and we cannot wait to share this experience with audience members." -Aleck Condon

Aleck Condon is a dancer and choreographer from Jacksonville, Florida. While in Jacksonville, Aleck worked in many styles including Jazz and Contemporary and was seen competing across the south. Aleck currently serves as the Head Director for the School of Dance Student Advisory Council and is a current University Ambassador. He is in his third year at Florida State and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2024 with his BFA in Dance.

This piece will be performed in Program B of Days of Dance on April 21 at 7:30PM and April 22 at 2PM. Buy your tickets today:


Photos by Meg Murphy


Come see our graduating seniors perform in their final show at the School of Dance this Sunday, April 23 at 11:30AM! This talented group has been crafting pieces throughout the course of the semester, and they cannot wait to share their work.

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It's the final week of Days of Dance. Have you purchased your ticket yet?

Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged. The box office does not accept cash.

For the full program, visit tickets.dance.fsu.edu

Photos from Program B by Meagan Helman

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Today's featured work is Emmett Higgins' "Forged at home." It will be performed with Program A on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30PM.

"I want the audience to be able to notice and feel the polarity of tenderness and intensity while witnessing Forged at home. The piece constantly plays with these dynamic shifts which mimic the complexities of memory." - Emmett Higgins

Emmett Higgins is a dancer and choreographer from Orlando, Florida. Growing up he trained in many styles such as ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip hop. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the Florida State University where his expected graduation is Spring 2025.

Photos by Kameron Kerns

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Today's featured work is titled "Organized Chaos" and is choreographed by Gemma Leary. It will be performed with Program A on April 22 at 7:30PM.

The piece “Organized Chaos” was developed from a solo composition assignment as a freshman. Gemma is grateful for the encouragement and guidance from her mentor Hannah Schwadron throughout this process. “When I first heard this music, I was driven to create this movement. I felt chaos yet also order and structure that embodied the procrastination and distractions in my creative process. Each dancer in this piece represents an idea or emotion in my mind that is competing for attention. I am so grateful for the beautiful dancers in my cast and their openness and willingness to attack the movement I gave them, no matter how quirky or foreign. I would love for the audience to take this journey with me, to feel the music and the movement with all of its ebbs and flows and witness the chaos and the calmness within the work. I hope the audience becomes fully immersed and feels what the dancers are feeling in each moment. I want to thank this amazing cast for bringing my vision to life.” - Gemma Leary

Gemma Leary is a dancer and choreographer from Amesbury, Massachusetts pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an intended graduation date in the Spring of 2025. Gemma has grown up training in many styles of dance and has gained so much from each of the faculty while at Florida State University. To date, Gemma has had the opportunity to perform works by Tim Glenn and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and looks forward to continuing to develop her artistry at FSU in the coming years.

Photos by Emma Morris

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Florida State University’s School of Dance will present the annual Days of Dance concert series to showcase the talents of its faculty and students April 14-15 and April 21-22.

All performances will take place in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on the FSU campus.

Tickets for Days of Dance performances are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and non-FSU students with ID, $10 for children and $7 for FSU students with ID. All seating is general admission.

For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Tickets Office at (850) 644-6500 or visit tickets.dance.fsu.edu. Tickets may also be purchased directly before each performance at Montgomery Hall.

Advanced purchases are highly recommended. There is a $5 service fee when purchasing at the window. Box Office only accepts cash.

To learn more, visit https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2023/04/13/fsu-school-of-dance-presents-days-of-dance-concert-series-2/

Photos by Meagan Helman

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Another jampacked week this week in Arts in NYC: The Grandfather of the House of Ninja and b-girl Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie joined us for class Monday morning and shared an intensely fierce house/ vogue class as well as some history behind each of these dance forms. We can still feel the polyrhythms and contrapposto S-curves in our bodies!! THANK YOU!
We then headed to Tomato Mouse gallery and joined gallery owner Rebecca Bird, musician and FSU entrepreneur Darren Hoffman, violinist Sarah Neufeld, and photographer Dan Torop for the afternoon. After viewing Dan’s “Three Rainbows” exhibit, we sat down with Darren to discuss arts entrepreneurship. Rebecca shared with us what it means to own a 3-in –1 galley, studio, and living space. Sarah later joined and we experimented with what it means to create improvisational duets with sound and movement. We then rounded out the afternoon with Dan via zoom and discussed his “Three Rainbows” exhibit, and what it means to create photographs of great size. If you’re in the city, go check it out!
We ended the evening attending Open to All mini ball at 3 Dollar Bill with a special guest appearance by the one and only Madonna! Such a pleasure to run into SoD and Arts in NYC alum Maximo Extravaganza. Thank you, Maximo, for welcoming us to our first ball and giving us a lay of the land. Such an exhilarating night.
We ended the week with a work in progress showing of past special guest J Bouey’s work “S A T U R N: A Revelation”. Bravo to you J!!

(**last image courtesy of OTA staff)

Photos from FSU Dance's post 04/12/2023

Today's featured work is titled "+/-" and is choreographed by Mariah Preedin in collaboration with Taylor Coppedge. It will be featured in Program B of Days of Dance on April 15th at 7:30PM, April 21st at 7:30PM, and April 22nd at 2PM.

"+/-" is a contemporary duet that delves into the nature of attraction and tension between two individuals. Through a contemporary movement vocabulary, the piece explores the dynamics of push and pull, creating a magnetic atmosphere that captivates the audience. In addition to its tense and magnetic atmosphere, the individuals investigate the concept of intimacy between two individuals on stage, and how to invite the audience into their world, allowing them to witness the interplay of attraction and tension in a raw and vulnerable manner." -Mariah Preedin

Mariah Preedin (she/her) is a passionate 1st generation 4th year BFA dance student at Florida State University. She discovered her love for dance at the age of 9 and has been dedicated to performing ever since. Prior to attending Florida State, Mariah trained with Dance Alive National Ballet and participated in a dual enrollment program at Santa Fe College. During her time at Santa Fe, she had the incredible opportunity to dance and choreograph for their esteemed performing company, Dance Theatre of Santa Fe (DTSF). As part of DTSF, Mariah worked within the Master Artist series and worked closely with renowned artists such as Davis Robertson from New York Dance Project and Dimensions Dance Theatre. Mariah's choreography has been showcased at the American College Dance Association's southeast conference in both 2019 and 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19), a great honor for her. Her dedication to dance and her artistic talent continue to thrive as she pursues her passion at Florida State University. This year, she is excited to present and perform in her third work in the Days of Dance Concert, “+/-.”

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Photos from FSU Dance's post 04/11/2023

Today's featured work is Caroline Walshe's "Essence of the Untold."

"My work Essence of the Untold began last summer when I created the first draft of this work on the studio I danced at growing up. When I decided to create a newer version of the work, I wanted to push the boundaries of pointe work in a more contemporary way. Using a combination of four pieces of music from the Secession Studios, I created a dramatic and exciting score to set the scene on stage with these eight fiery warriors. They play with concepts of opposing those in the opposite costume as well as unifying with them, and their bold risk taking in movement keeps the audience on edge. One of the highlights of setting this work was the first night we tried the costumes. The whole cast felt so confident and powerful, and I truly saw the vision of the piece come together for the first time. I hope the audience will feel the power these dancers bring to stage and how the big, grand, exciting moments and the more soft and contrasting elements tie all the components of the work together." - Caroline Walshe

This work will premiere on Saturday, April 15th at 7:30PM, and will also be performed on Friday April 21 at 7:30PM and April 22 at 2PM. Buy your tickets today:


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