Monthly Archives: August 2018

Kim Johnson Performed in Honor of Dani Kuepper at the Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!

Kim Johnson Performed in Honor of Dani Kuepper at the Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!

Photograph by Matzner Photogrqaphy

The photograph above  is of Danceworks, Inc., Managing Director, Kim Johnson. 
Ms. Johnson honored Dani Kuepper with a performance of “Approaching Differently,” and presented Ms. Kuepper with the Wisconsin Dance Council Choreography/Performance Award.

In the morning the Conference Master Classes were taught by Cyenthia Vijayakumar and  Cedric Gardner.  Professional development for teachers included a session on On Line Marketing with Rhee Gold and a panel discussion with representatives from the dance departments at Belot CollegeCarthage College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.   

Later in the afternoon there was an Award Ceremony to honor five distinguished honorees, including Dani Kuepper.  Ms. Kuepper is Artistic Director at Danceworks, Inc., and she is a lecturer a the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dance Department.

 

Tania Tandias Spanish & Flamenco Dance Workshop with Adriana Maresma Fois, September 22-23, 2018!

Tania Tandias Spanish and Flamenco Dance will have an exciting flamenco dance workshop on September 22 and 23 with Adriana Maresma Fois!Adriana is a colleague of Ms. Tandias from Albuquerque, NM, who has since gone on to have an exciting career in Europe and is also a frequent performer and instructor at festivals around the U.S.  Now is the chance to get in some dancing with another inspiring artist!

Please note that there are two levels:  Beginning (adv. beginning) and Intermediate.  When you register, if you have questions about which level might be best for you, please contact me. The intermediate class will be working on mantón!  As always we also have the $10 observation fee for those who just want to watch! Ole’!

Kehl School of Dance Honored Mary Katic at the Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!

Photograph by Matzner Photography

The Kehl School of Dance Honored Mary Katic at the Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!

In the morning the Conference Master Classes were divided into two groups, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-Adult.  Master Classes were taught by Cyenthia Vijayakumar and  Cedric Gardner.  Professional development for teachers included a session on On Line Marketing with Rhee Gold and a panel discussion with representatives of  for teachers with representatives from the dance departments at Belot College, Carthage College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.   Later in the afternoon there was an Award Ceremony to honor five distinguished honorees.

The photograph above  is of students from the Award Ceremony where the  Kehl Schoool of Dance honored Mary Katic with a performance of “Enough,” choreographed by Alexis Evans-Krueger.  Ms. Evans-Krueger is a former Kehl school students and a member of the Wisconsin Dance Council.

Ms. Katic received the Wisconsin Dance Council Career Recognition Award.

Congratulations to the The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) Inductees!

Photography by Meredith W. Watts

Congratulations to the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) Inductees!

As part of the Wisconsin Dance Council Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018, we recognized the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) Inductees from Bella Via Dance Studio (Megan Zintek Owner and Director, Mequon), Dance Dynamics (Julie Baird Owner and Director, Plover) the Dance Education Center (Tori Rogoski-Rutter Owner and Director, Stevens Point), Kehl School of Dance (Jennifer Janus Hiltbrand Owner and Director, Madison and Waunakee), Signature Steps (Jessica Bauer Owner and Director, Reedsburg).

As the State Affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization, you automatically receive a membership with the Wisconsin Dance Council (WDC) when you join the NDEO.  As a dual member, you receive membership benefit of both organizations.

Consider an Institutional Membership with NDEO so you can begin an NHSDA at your studio or school!

 

Marlene Skog will present ‘Consider It Not So Deeply’ in Chicago, August 31-September 1, 2018!

Marlene Skog will present her second evening-length contemporary ballet concert ‘Consider It Not So Deeply’ in Chicago, August 31-September 1, 2018 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.

‘Consider It Not So Deeply.’ explores the conflicting layers of the female psyche in Shakespeare’s women through Skog’s powerful, demanding choreography, Shakespeare’s theatrical prose, and original sound, designed by Matan Rubinstein and Timothy Russell.

The concert features a lively 60 minutes of evocative contemporary movement accompanied by both original music and that of Vivaldi, as well as spoken word. It includes a cast of 15 dance artists and one actor performing a mix of solo and ensemble works that “unearth the shifting roles and identity of females within Renaissance society, across cultures and throughout history,” said Skog, an assistant professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“My interest here, was to examine the complexity of the female through contemporary movement, spoken monologues and music, and Shakespeare’s women provide a tremendous landscape for that,” she said. Skog said further that Shakespeare’s female characters are shrewd, outspoken, and multidimensional. She intends, with this body of work, to bring their “passion, guilt, tenderness, and courage” to life through dance. ‘

Performances
Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 1 at 2:30pm
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

Tickets
Tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors on brownpapertickets.com.

About the Choreographer
Marlene Skog’s career as a performer and award-winning choreographer spans over thirty years at home and abroad. She is a passionate educator and advocate for the arts. Her work is known for its emotional range, brilliant technique, and intentional fluidity between classical ballet and contemporary dance styles. It addresses the enduring question of what it means to be human and is purposeful in its strong synthesis of movement, music and message.

A native New Yorker, Skog worked in Sweden for fourteen years, founding the international company, Marlene Skog & Dancers, as well as Uppsala Dansakedemi, an establishment for dance arts. Skog was commissioned to choreograph for multiple cultural events in Sweden, including the International Arts Festival-Norway, Scandinavian Cultural Conference, and the International Women’s Convention at Uppsala University. Additionally, she was awarded several unique honors for a foreign national, including the prestigious People’s University Cultural Prize, Gotsa Knutsson Cultural Award and NordBanken’s Cultural Award.

Skog received her MFA from the University of Arizona, where her tenure was recognized with the Creative Achievement Award as well as the Green Valley Concert Association Fellowship Award in Choreography. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally, including Charlotte, Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, Madison, and across the Midwest, as well as the King’s Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the World Dance Alliance in Vancouver B.C. She is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor of Dance.

For more information visit marleneskog.com.

Acknowledgements
‘Consider It Not So Deeply.’ is supported by the Virginia Horne Henry Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Dance Council 2018 Award Recipients!

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Dance Council 2018 Award Recipients!

From Left to Right:  Roger White (Lifetime Achievement), Marlene Turbin Weldon (Career Recognition), Mary Katic (Career Recognition), Dani Kuepper (Choreography/Performance).  Marlene Skog (Distinction), was unable to attend the event and is not pictured.  (Photography by Meredith W. Watts)

The Wisconsin Dance Council Conference and Award Ceremony was held on August 18, 2018.

During the day there were Master Classes and student dancers  received individual written feedback from professionals in the dance field.  There was also professional development for Dance Educators.  Movement classes were with Master Teachers Cyenthia Vijayakumar and Cedric Gardner.  Professional development lecturers were from collegiate dance programs and — Rhee Gold!

In the afternoon Master Class students performed what they learned as part of an Award Ceremony filled with dance that honored our 2018 Award Recipients, Mary Katic (Career Recognition), Dani Kuepper (Choreography/Performance), Marlene Skog (Distinction), Marlene Turbin Weldon (Career Recognition), and Roger White (Lifetime Achievement).

 

Another Group Photograph from the Wisconsin Dance Council Conference and Award Ceremony!

(Photo by Matzner Photography)

Fabulous Conference and Award Ceremony on August 18, 2018!
In the morning the Conference Master Classes were divided into two groups, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-Adult.  The photograph above  is of the Grade 6-8 Session posing with Bollywood Master Class Teacher Cyenthia Vijayakumar

At Wisconsin Dance Council Master Classes students receive individual feedback on their dancing.  Included in this photograph are two of our six Evaluators, Marcia Fellows and Margot Mink Colbert, and Wisconsin Dance Council 2018 Career Recognition honoree, Mary Katic.