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Dance of the Sugar Plum Phoenix: Happy Holidays, UW-Green Bay!

Dance of the Sugar Plum Phoenix videoTwas the end of the term, and away at the Kress,
Four gentle, fine dance students practiced their best.
They pliédchasséd and developéd with such grace,
That Phlash the Phoenix could not believe his big face.

’Twas too little to admire the scene from afar,
So he snuck up upon them to join in at the barre.
Despite how he tiptoed and crept with such care,
His ungainly footfalls, announced he was there.

To his delight and surprise, the dancers made way,
For furry Phlash Phoenix, to join in that day.
This really did happen, we swear it’s the truth,
And if you’re a skeptic, we have video proof!

So with this message, festive greetings we spread,
In hopes visions of Phoenix will dance in your head.

Mastering dance class, students get lessons from visiting artist

Dance masterclass with guest artistUW-Green Bay students had a unique opportunity — a dance Masterclass with Slávka Jelínková, guest artist visiting for the Czech-Slovak Music Festival, September 25-27. The focus of the class was Traditional Folk Dance used in Ballet. Students of all levels, including beginners, were welcome to participate.

University photographer Eric Miller captured the class with images and put together a little stop-action video.

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Unique dance opportunity open to all students, this Friday

Slávka Jelínková, a guest artist visiting for the Czech-Slovak music festival, will lead a dance class from 10:35 to 11:45 a.m. Friday (Sept. 27). The class will involve traditional folk dance used in ballet. Students of all levels, including beginners, are welcome to attend. The session will take place in Theatre Hall 132 (Dance Studio).

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance to present ‘Danceworks’ April 5-6

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will present Danceworks, a concert of faculty and student choreography, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The show will celebrate dance with a diverse medley of styles, showcasing five student-choreographed pieces and eight pieces choreographed by faculty member and Danceworks Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner.

“The styles range from contemporary to classical jazz, jazz funk — which is what you see in music videos — to classical and rhythm tap,” Carlson-Gardner said. “It’s a really broad spectrum, which represents styles that the students are learning in our department.”

This is the first time Danceworks will be presented as a mainstage production, after the UW-Green Bay Theatre program was renamed UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance for the 2012-13 academic year. The change has brought this year’s Danceworks production to another level, Carlson-Gardner said.

“It’s the same concert,” she said. “But bigger and better.”

Danceworks showcases the talents of 22 UW-Green Bay students, performing solos, duets, trios and larger group works. It is the fourth mainstage production of the 2012-13 academic year for UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance.

Tickets for Danceworks are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the general public; $5 in advance and $7 at the door for senior citizens and individuals under age 18; and $5 for UW-Green Bay students. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts.

A video on the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance production of Danceworks is available online at http://bit.ly/10hncqs.

Danceworks cast members: Randi Armstrong, Carly Beutin, Burgandy Brockman, Danaille Brouchoud, Morgen Clarey, Natalie Gardner, Taylor Huff, Vanessa Jordan, Kat Kierstyn, Kim Koth, Desiree Kraft, Sarah Larson, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, Melissa Reisdorf, Erica Ropson, Karlyn Schneider, Trina Schrimpf, Talor Sohr, Randy Tranowski, Amy Vannieuwenhoven, Katie Wendlandt, Bri Wolfe. The UWGB Ballroom Dance Club also will perform.


Weidner Center master classes in Shakespeare, dance

Just another example why the re-invigoration of the Weidner Center is good for campus and community: Actors from the Aquila Theatre Company were scheduled to work Monday afternoon with students from Prof. Laura Riddle’s acting class prior to the visiting troupe’s evening performance of The Taming of the Shrew. A similar workshop, this time for UW-Green Bay dance students, is planned in conjunction with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Moulin Rouge at the Weidner on Nov. 1.

Lindsay Kujawa shines in dance leadership role

Police Chief Tom isn’t the only Kujawa making news this week — daughter and May 2012 UW-Green Bay grad Lindsay Kujawa also is in the spotlight. Friday’s (July 13) Marshfield News-Herald has a story featuring Kujawa and her dance troupe, Weston-based Introspect Arts. Kujawa wrote and directed the group’s latest production, “#ThrowAwayYourTelevision,” which will be performed July 19, 20 and 21 at UW-Marathon County. The troupe, which Kujawa founded with her fiancé, Nate Barr, focuses on social issues. You can read the story, and find our earlier feature on Kujawa and her work, by clicking the links below:
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Moving performances: Kujawa ’12 puts dance, social issues center stage

For UW-Green Bay senior Lindsay Kujawa, moving minds and hearts starts with moving feet.

Kujawa, 23, is the brains and more important, the passion, behind Wausau-based Introspect Dance Company, a troupe of teens and young adults that delivers performance art with a social message.

Undaunted — indeed, perhaps motivated — by their youth, Introspect’s artists tackle such weighty topics as suicide and sexual assault through acting and dance. With careful research, study and rehearsal, they present an artistic, yet accurate, take on the issues.

Kujawa founded Introspect in 2009, and in 2011 began the process of making it a standalone nonprofit organization. The daughter of UW-Green Bay Police Chief Tom Kujawa, she was taught early to serve — so Introspect does community service and donates to local charities, too.

“We’re all about making kids socially aware of what’s happening,” Kujawa said, “but we’re also artists who give back to the community to make a positive change.”

Kujawa, who is the Dance Captain for UW-Green Bay Theatre and Music’s April production of Cabaret, came up with the idea for Introspect after she had a bad audition. The Theatre Performance and Education major wanted to show that young people can make a difference, she said. In a company where the vast majority of performers and support staff are younger than 25, Kujawa has been given that chance.

“I’m just really passionate about educating people and getting rid of stereotypes,” Kujawa said, “because a lot of the issues that kids deal with, I think have such a negative connotation of, they just are depressed and they don’t want to deal with it and they’re just negative — and that’s not the case. There’s legitimate reasons why kids go through these issues.”

Kujawa and her fiancé, Nate Barr, are co-artistic directors for Introspect, and much of their work is done during the summer, in studio, as the company prepares for its shows. During the rest of the year, Facebook and other virtual tools help the pair stay connected to the group, kicking around ideas and planning for the next show.

The pair plan to move to Seattle in August, after their wedding, but they’ll stay involved with the group, Kujawa said. Part of Introspect’s mission is to prepare younger members for leadership roles, and that succession — a mentorship program is teaching kids to write their own shows — will help the company continue to move forward.

Introspect shows feature a 20-piece band and around 15 dancers, ranging in age from young teens (entering eighth grade) through college-age. The company’s next show, #ThrowAwayYourTelevision, will focus on media and the warped perceptions of reality they can create. It’s slated for July 18-20 at the UW-Marathon County Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau.

“It’s really amazing the amount of commitment we get from the kids,” Kujawa said, “and their parents — to trust Nate and I with their kids like all summer. It’s a really neat experience to see just all young people working together.”

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