wLakewood, N.J., Aug. 21, 2017— Some artists are most comfortable on stage while others thrive behind the scenes. Either way, there is plenty to learn about the world of dance as Georgian Court University presents three Dance Master Classes this fall. They are:
- The Business of Dance, 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, presented by Amy Smith, co-director and faculty member of Philadelphia’s Headlong Performance Institute.
- Modern Dance, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Monday, September 18, taught by producer, educator, filmmaker, and performer Daniel Gwirtzman.
- Contemporary, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, presented by Stefanie Batten Bland, choreographic artist and artistic director of Company SBB in New York City.
Georgian Court University’s Dance Master classes will be held in the Wellness Center Dance Studio II. They are free, but tickets must be reserved at www.georgian.edu/dance.
The Artists Behind GCU’s Dance Master Classes
In addition to working in theater, cabaret, and opera as a performer, director, and choreographer, Ms. Smith is the finance director for Headlong and is committed to helping artists increase their financial literacy. Mr. Gwirtzman has been a New York choreographer and company director for 22 years. He was awarded commissions, residencies, and fellowships from such organizations as the Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
And Ms. Batten Bland spent more than 10 years in Europe before returning to Soho five years ago. In 2008, while serving as head choreographer of the Opera Comique in Paris, she founded Company SBB, which has been commissioned by New York City’s La MaMa, Baryshinikov Arts Center, and Harlem Stage. She is a 2016 Jerome Robbins Award honoree.
Master Classes an Opportunity to Learn, Explore
GCU’s master classes represent a snapshot of the world of dance and experience new performance styles, according to faculty members.
“They are windows into our daily work at GCU and an opportunity to know what is going on during a semester in the GCU Department of Dance,” said Silvana Cardell, director of the university’s dance program.
“During master classes students interested in the GCU dance program will meet not only the top artists working in the field, but also our students and faculty, ” she said. “The setting is more relaxed than when students audition to enter the program. Master classes allow guests to assess the program from a different perspective as they dance and mingle with students in our program.”
Dance at GCU: From ‘Creative Practice’ to ‘Critical Thinking’
The Fall 2017 Dance Master Classes continue Georgian Court’s tradition of hosting distinguished guest artists. The GCU Department of Dance, led by award-winning choreographer Silvana Cardell, instructs students in motivated, genuine, and unadorned dance principles, believing that artistic talent can be developed successfully and to its full extent on a solid basis of technical skills—skills that encompass tradition and innovation as well as creative practice and critical thinking.
The program also allows students to double major or minor in such related fields as exercise science, wellness, and sport; visual art; business administration; digital communication; and holistic health studies.
For more information about the dance program at Georgian Court University, call the Office of Admissions at 732.987.2200 or visit georgian.edu/dance.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.