Foxtrot to film, aerial dancing to tribal fusion: Extraordinary Dance! offers it all - Colorado College

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Jane Turnis
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Leslie Weddell
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FOXTROT TO FILM, AERIAL DANCING TO TRIBAL FUSION:
EXTRAORDINARY DANCE! OFFERS IT ALL

CC festival invites community to explore the many forms of dance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 19, 2008 – From Brazilian capoeira to the foxtrot, from samba to tribal fusion, Colorado College’s Extraordinary Dance Festival offers something for everyone.

This intensive three-week teaching and performing festival, which runs from June 30 though July 18, offers serious dancers intense, in-depth, full-time instruction, while giving dance dabblers the opportunity to take a wide range of  individual classes.

New this year is "Dance for Film," to be held in the screening room at CC's new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Patrizia Herminjard, director of the Colorado College Extraordinary Dance! Festival, hosts the event at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 5 and films include "Flying Lesson," "Horizon of Exile," "Inearthia," "Minotaur-Ex" and "The Cost of Living." For more information visit http://dancefilms.org/Tour-Colorado08.html

A traditional favorite of the festival is the annual gala performance, which highlights outstanding faculty and student performances. The diverse, international lineup of professional dancers celebrate an array of dance styles, energies and ideas. New to the gala this year: are Rosangela Silvestre who will choreograph an original work with select students together with her international company, New York-based Brian Green performing hip hop and the comedic duo Bronwyn Sims and Patrick Donnelly. Returning artists include former Cirque du Soleil artists Sara Joel and Kevin Gibbs, Tanya Scully performing aerial dance, the Shiff Dance Collective from Denver performing jazz and local modern dance company Ormao.

Other highlights include a series of performance/lecture/critique sessions called “informances” offered at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the festival, a young artists performance and a series of dance workshops designed for community members seeking a taste of diverse dance styles.

Extraordinary Dance Festival schedule:

  • Dance for Film, 8 p.m., July 5

Extraordinary Dance! Festival: Dance on Camera  — Patrizia Herminjard, director of the Colorado College Extraordinary Dance Festival, hosts "Dance on Camera" in the screening room at CC's new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. Films include "Flying Lesson," "Horizon of Exile," "Inearthia," "Minotaur-Ex" and "The Cost of Living." For more information visit:http://dancefilms.org/Tour-Colorado08.html
8 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5 tickets at the door and at Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave. and www.TicketsWest.com

 

  • Annual Gala Performance, 7:30 p.m., July 12 and 13

Extraordinary Dance! Annual Gala Performance — A diverse, international lineup of professional dancers celebrate an array of dance styles, energies and ideas. New to the gala this year are Rosangela Silvestre choreographing an original work; New York-based Brian Green performing hip hop; and comedic duo Bronwyn Sims and Patrick Donnelly. Returning performers include former Cirque du Soleil artists Sara Joel and Kevin Gibbs; Tanya Scully with an aerial dance; the Shiff Dance Collective from Denver performing jazz; and Colorado Springs modern dance company Ormao. Sponsored by the CC Extraordinary Dance! Summer Festival and the CC Summer Festival of the Arts.
7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., $20, $5 for students, or $10 with a CC ID; tickets at Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave. and www.TicketsWest.com

  • Informances, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 9 and 16
  • Held in the South Theatre of the new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, this lecture/performance series aims to examine the roots and meaning behind diverse dance forms by contextualizing them in a demonstrative performance followed by a detailed critique. Open to the public; $5 at the door and at Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave. and www.TicketsWest.com
    Performances:

July 2 – An Evening of Tribal Belly Dance, TribalTique, Kamara and Frank Farinaro
July 9 – Aerial Frame Dance, Tanya Scully and Helen Von Der Waydbrink
July 16 – Living the Dance, a dance-making lecture by Jan Erkert

  • Young Artists Concert, 7 p.m., July 17

Extraordinary Dance! Young Artists Concert — This energetic performance features original choreographic works created and performed by festival participants. Sponsored by the Extraordinary Dance! Summer Festival and the CC Summer Festival of the Arts.
7 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5; tickets at Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave. and www.TicketsWest.com

  • Evening Workshop Series, June 30-July 18

Drop-in students pay a $10 registration fee and $20 per class ($10 for CC students, alumni or dance professionals). A five-day pass is available for a $10 registration fee and $90 for the pass, which includes one free informance pass (which means 3 free informances). Single and five-class passes may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning June 30 at the Dance Festival office in 107B Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave. More information is available at: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/SummerPrograms/SummerFestivaloftheArts/danceFestival/PDFs/Application08PT.pdf

All venues are on the Colorado College campus. The Extraordinary Dance Festival site is: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/SummerPrograms/SummerFestivaloftheArts/DanceFestival/

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

For help finding locations of these events see the campus map at www.ColoradoCollege.edu/welcome/campus_map
 or call (719) 389-6607 for information, directions or disability accommodation.

About the Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts
Colorado College’s Summer Festival of the Arts features four major festivals within it, as well as additional world-class film, theater, literary readings, comedy and art events throughout the summer. The Summer Music Festival, a teaching festival in which young musicians from around the world learn from professionals and perform with them, and professional musicians also offer concerts, runs June 9 to July 1. The Extraordinary Dance! Festival runs June 30 to July 18, with dance education opportunities open to the public, and gala performances on July 12 and 13. The New Music Symposium, featuring contemporary composers and their music, runs June 6 to July 13, with a workshop July 16-20. The Vocal Arts Symposium runs July 20-Aug. 8, with opera, jazz and musical theater performances. See http://artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu for details on all parts of the Summer Festival of the Arts. For details on the entire summer’s offerings, see www.ColoradoCollege.edu/News_Events.

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,975 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu <http://www.ColoradoCollege.edu>.