Dance

Calendar of Events

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Alumni Dance Concert
Friday, September 6–Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.
Third annual Alumni Dance Concert featuring new works by alumni Nicholas Sciscione, Scott Schneider, Myssi Robinson, Sarah Lifson, and Molly Galbraith

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Student choreographer (and recent alumna) Lauren Connolly presents work at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Plenty of recent college grads were moving back with their folks over Memorial Day weekend or starting to pound the pavement for work; recent Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance B.F.A. grad Lauren Connolly was busy showing her choreography at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.Connolly and MGSA dancers at The Kennedy Center

Dancer finds success as "The Fourth Fantana"

Sure, Shakira Barrera is a dance major at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, but she’s also a missionary of fun.

Raegan Bliss Wood hails from Berkeley, CA., where she trained in modern dance with her parents, David and Marni Wood, at the University of California at Berkeley. She studied ballet at the San Francisco Ballet School before moving to New York City.

She was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York from 1982 to 1989. She has also performed with David Parsons, Christopher Gillis, and her sister Ellis Wood and Wood Dance, among others.

Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department (on sabbatical AY 2017-2018)

Choreography, Dance Appreciation, Improvisation, Modern Technique

Randy James is building an international reputation as a master teacher and choreographer, receiving commissions from dance companies, colleges, and universities across the nation. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State honored him with a 1994–95 Choreography Fellowship in recognition of his artistic excellence and named him "Distinguished Teaching Artist."

Director of the MFA Dance Program

Afro-Fusion

Professional dancer and choreographer Kimani Fowlin received her dance training and bachelor of arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She teaches, choreographs, and facilitates workshops nationally and internationally.

Associate Chair of the Dance Department

John Evans has been dancing and lighting dance, theater, and music since 1980. He received a master of arts degree in dance from the Ohio State University in 1987 and then moved to New York City, where he danced with the Victoria Marks Performance Company for five years. He has also danced in the companies of Colin Conner, Monica Levy, Robin Becker, John Jasperse, and the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy.