On Friday, March 27, show your Phoenix Pride by purchasing the official NCAA Women’s tournament T-shirt (item 2616422) — half price from The Phoenix Bookstore with any $10 purchase. Cheapseats is playing “Into the Woods.” Friday night is also GB Nites from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get your tickets for a weekend performance of DanceWorks. And as always on Friday, A’viands will be offering a 10 percent discount to anyone wearing UWGB apparel. Go Phoenix, Go Green Bay!
DanceWorks is the upcoming main stage concert of dance from UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance. Get your tickets now for this high-energy show, Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29). Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth in advance and $10 and $7 at the door. $5 for UWGB students. For a press release including cast members and ticket prices.
Kick off your shoes, it’s time to boogie… or at least, it’s time to watch some impressive rug cutting! More impressive and accessible than Dancing with the Stars, DanceWorks is the upcoming main stage concert of dance from UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance. This eclectic, high-energy show will take the stage at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29), showcasing the choreography of faculty member and Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner, as well as selected students, and the UW-Green Bay Ballroom Dance Club. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth in advance, $10 and $7 at the door, and $5 for UWGB students. Order yours here. For a press release including cast members and more.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program will present DanceWorks, a concert of faculty and student choreography, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The show will celebrate dance with a diverse medley of styles, showcasing student-choreographed pieces in addition to those choreographed by UW-Green Bay faculty member and DanceWorks Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner. The evening’s performance will include a wide variety of music from Beyonce and Daft Punk to Tchaikovsky and Tony Bennett. The production will include a special performance of “Around the World,” a dance choreographed by the UW-Green Bay Ballroom Dance Club.
Tickets for DanceWorks are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for adults; $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.
DanceWorks cast members are as follows: Lynn Schemm, Azure Hall, Tosha Wagner, Kassie Laylan, Hannah Lewis, Ashley Kalenske, Karlyn Meyer, Vanessa Jordan, Sarah Larson, Colin Lemoine, Parker Baerenwald, Chloe Krueger, Brad McDonald, Rane Cegelski, Katie Wendlandt, Jena Tolksdorf, Tosha Wagner, Nicole Strenski, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, Tristin St Mary, Stephanie Morales, Zachary Brinkman, Heather Roberts, Matthew Hart, Nataliya Vasilyeva, Samuel Livingston, Amy Vannieuwenhoven, Kim Koth, Taylor Huff and Brook Tupa.
UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is gearing up for its second mainstage production of DanceWorks, the high-energy production that will take the stage April 4 and 5 at University Theatre in Theatre Hall.
“Danceworks is a concert of dance,” said faculty member and Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner, “and it is a very exciting, very eclectic concert.
“It is like going to a concert and watching videos live, I think, or even dance sections from a movie. We do musical theatre dance and you know it’s live right in front of you. So I think you could expect a well-rounded evening, a lot of very good music.”
Audiences might find that DanceWorks isn’t what they expect, said junior Melissa Reisdorf.
“A lot of people think it’s like a recital, like a little kid recital, and it’s not,” she said. “It’s a dance concert and it’s got a huge variety of pieces. We have tap pieces, we have lyrical, we have jazz, we have jazz funk. And a lot of the artists are really popular now. And it’s going to be a good one this year.”
Carlson-Gardner relishes the chance to have students demonstrate what they’ve learned on the big stage.
“The nice thing about this concert is we learn technique in classes,” she said. “So to have a concert like this where they can take their skills and apply them and perform is really important. It’s just a great opportunity for them to take it a step further and apply it to dances.”
For Reisdorf, dance at UW-Green Bay has become an enjoyable part of a well-rounded education.
“I’ve been dancing since I was five so that’s 15 years, almost 16,” she said. “And I came here I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to keep dancing. French is also something that I really love, so I am a French major with Dance and Education minors.”
Carlson-Gardner choreographs most of the dances, with two student choreographers featured in this year’s production. It’s a proud moment when the curtain goes up, she said.
“To see all of this come together and have an audience there watching it and the students dancing it is really where the reward comes in,” Carlson-Gardner said. “And inevitably, through every rehearsal, students grow tremendously.”
DanceWorks 2014 will be a crowd-pleaser, Reisdorf said.
“If you like music videos or if you like anything that’s recent, if you like the Gatsby soundtrack, I would say definitely go see it,” she said. “It’s got something of everything, something for everyone to see and it’s going be cool. Last year was fantastic and this year has even a wider variety.”
For those of you who might have missed last week’s Log Extra newsletter, we’ve got a sneak peek at DanceWorks, the upcoming mainstage dance concert from UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance. This eclectic, high-energy show will take the stage at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall Friday and Saturday (April 4-5), showcasing the choreography of faculty member and Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner, as well as selected students. Our video preview has more.
Our friends from UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance are gearing up for DanceWorks, a concert of faculty and student choreography, Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall. Back for the second year as a mainstage production, this exciting, eclectic concert will feature a variety of dance styles from hip-hop and jazz to musical theatre and even an American clog dance. Faculty member and DanceWorks artistic director Denise Carlson-Gardner is the primary choreographer for the show, which also includes student-choreographed pieces. A member of your Log news team tagged along for a DanceWorks rehearsal this week (look for video in Friday’s Log Extra newsletter) and can tell you it looks like one heck of a show. For more.
In case you missed ‘em in yesterday’s (or today’s) Log Extra, we’ve got two new videos to share. The first offers a sneak peek at Danceworks, the dynamic mainstage celebration of faculty and student choreography that opens Friday, April 5, at University Theatre in Theatre Hall. The second provides an inside look at Prof. Angela Bauer’s Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences (TOSS) workshops, which are eliminating the academic achievement gap in introductory science courses. Earlier this year, TOSS and other initiatives earned Bauer the 2013 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award in the individual category. So check out the videos and get your tickets — Danceworks runs two nights only, April 5-6.
Some of the University’s top student dancers will take center stage this Friday (April 5, 6) during the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance production Danceworks at University Theatre in Theatre Hall. This showcase of faculty and student choreography will feature 22 dancers performing 13 pieces in a diverse medley of styles. Danceworks is making its return in a new role, as is it’s the first time the show has been part of the mainstage lineup for the newly renamed UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program. Check out our news release here, and look for a video preview in our Log Extra later this week.
The newly renamed UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program 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.
The performance marks a return from hiatus for Danceworks, which will for the first time be presented as a mainstage production, said Artistic Director Denise Carlson-Gardner. It’s a similar show, she said — but bigger and better for 2013.
“Danceworks is a dance concert of 13 pieces, and eight of them are choreographed by myself and five of them are choreographed by students,” Carlson-Gardner said. “So it’s a very good opportunity to take what they’re learning in choreography class and applying all those concepts and skills that they’re given as choreographers and to be able to test that out on a stage setting.”
Audiences will enjoy a diverse array of musical and dance styles during the program, Carlson-Gardner said.
“The styles are from contemporary, which is kind of a new type of modern — it’s usually done to more popular music but it still kind of has a modern flare to it,” she said. “There’s classical jazz, jazz funk —which is what you see in music videos — there’s tap, classical and rhythm tap — kind of a really broad spectrum, which really represents all the styles that the students are learning in our department.”
For sophomore Chemistry major Sarah Larson, Danceworks offers the chance to share a love of dance she’s nurtured since childhood. Even those who haven’t seen much dance will enjoy the performance, Larson said.
“I think it’s just a lot of fun to experience something new, and the best thing about — at least the pieces that I’m in — is that they each tell a different story,” Larson said. “So even if you don’t know all the technical aspects of dance, you still get a story told to you in some way shape or form. It’s like going to a theatre, the story is told through words, whereas going to a dance piece it’s told through our movements — so that’s a really cool aspect.”
Larson is among many of Carlson-Gardner’s students who aren’t majoring in Theatre and Dance, she said. But the class and performance opportunities help students obtain a well-rounded education — and enjoy themselves immensely while doing it.
“Many students dance in studios in their own communities, you know, they’ve been on their high school dance teams or they’ve been in musicals in their high school,” Carlson-Gardner said. “And when they get here, there’s really kind of a void, because they love dance. So once they get involved in dance classes, then they realize this opportunity is here. And I would say 50 percent of students are majors in Theatre and Dance and 50 percent are people who just love to dance.”
That definitely applies for Larson, who will keep dancing as long as she can — despite a major and career choice that have nothing to do with her favorite activity.
“When I came here I knew I wanted to major in the sciences, but still wanted to keep dancing — so that’s why I joined all the dance classes,” Larson said. “I’m actually thinking of tacking on a dance minor to my chemistry degree. “I want to go into forensics — that’s what I want to do. And I always want to keep dance as part of my life.”
More information about UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance is available online.