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Dance News

Tue
Sep
18
UW-Madison’s Marlene Skog presented her second evening-length contemporary ballet concert, “Consider It Not So Deeply,” Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago. The concert 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. Skog is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department, and her concert received rave reviews from Picture the Post.
Tue
Aug
14
Madison Magazine earlier this month announced the selection of 31 forward-thinking artists and organizations for its 2018 M List -- which this year is dedicated to highlighting innovation in the arts. And several of those being recognized have current close ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education, including Chris Walker, Simone Doing, Max Puchalsky, Tom Jones, Faisal Abdu'Allah and the Tandem Press.
Fri
Aug
03
Imaging Self, a new summer program from the UW-Madison School of Education, gives high school students the opportunity to explore the arts -- and themselves -- in a college setting. The three-week residential program helps students build their own arts portfolios while earning college credit and gaining an understanding of what it's like to be a student studying the arts on the UW-Madison campus.
Fri
Jul
27
Wisconsin Life recently featured UW-Madison alumna J Matzner and her career working to make ballet accessible to people with mobility challenges. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013. The Wisconsin Life story centers around one of Matzner's students, Mari Koopman, who is in a wheelchair.
Wed
Jul
25
Four finalists to become the UW-Madison School of Education’s Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs will present public presentations and take part in question-and-answer sessions as part of the interview process. The Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs has general oversight and responsibility for student academic affairs and student services units and activities in the School of Education. This person will establish directions, develop policies and procedures, and facilitate coordination and integration among units providing services related to undergraduate dean’s office work, advising, student recruitment, program admission, scholarships and fellowships, and career services.
Wed
Jun
20
The Discussion Project team is now accepting applications for the fall 2018 cohort, and invites all UW-Madison faculty and teaching staff who are assigned to teach at least one course for the fall semester, and are able to attend all sessions, to apply. The Discussion Project is a campus professional development program that will train participants how to create productive discussions with students on serious topics in a welcoming, engaging and academically rigorous classroom. Paula McAvoy created and is implementing The Discussion Project in collaboration with School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Wed
Jun
13
The UW-Madison Dance Department on Thursday, June 14 is presenting a restaging of Anna Halprin’s historic “Paper Dance” at the Memorial Union's Frederik March Play Circle Theater. This work is a section of Halprin's​ 1965 "Parades and Changes." It is an ever-evolving dance that includes a distinct, well-known, process-based score and the dressing and undressing of the cast. The intention of the score, according to Halprin, “is to comment on the corporate world, with business suits as costume, removing them ceremoniously and revealing our naked unarmed nature, the whole body.” Halprin is an alumna of UW-Madison.
Tue
May
08
The Grand Challenges initiative developed in UW–Madison’s School of Education, which aims to ignite cross-disciplinary innovation, has awarded grants to four projects that display the potential to transform lives by supporting young people and families in Wisconsin. “I am so excited about how the Grand Challenges initiative has provided support for our faculty and staff to work in collaboration with community organizations and others from across UW–Madison to develop new interdisciplinary teams,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.
Thu
May
03
A film from UW-Madison's Kate Corby, "Hungars Beach," was shown at two dance film festivals during the past two months. Corby is an associate professor with the School of Education's Dance Department. “Hungars Beach” is about a woman suffering the loss of her brother. On March 25, there was a screening of "Hungars Beach" ​during the 2018 Tiny Dance Film Festival in San Francisco, California. On April 19, "Hungars Beach" was shown as part of the 2018 Jacksonville Dance Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tue
May
01
UW-Madison's Joseph Koykkar's multiple musical compositions have been performed across the Midwest this spring. Koykkar is a composer and professor with the School of Education's Dance Department.
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