UW-Green Bay junior Autumn Rettke was ‘blown away’ with online learning transition

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrate that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Autumn Rettke is a junior majoring in English Education and minoring in Dance.

Autumn Rettke

“When the spring classes switched from in-person to online-only, I was very concerned about my Education and Dance courses, because the two focus on elements that are best learned through in-person observation. I was blown away with how well my professors maintained the personal element of these courses while remaining completely online. We participated in discussions, group work and peer edits, which helped uphold the feeling of community that comes along with in-person classes. All of my professors offered email check-ins, over-the-phone meetings and even Zoom office hours. I always felt that my professors were not only prepared but also genuinely invested in their students’ well-being.”

 

Reminder: ‘DanceWorks’ taking place Saturday (April 6) and Sunday (April 7)

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting “DanceWorks” Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. Under the artistic direction of Denise Carlson-Gardner, come celebrate dance in a concert of faculty and student choreography representing a diverse medley of styles. Learn more.

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UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance to present ‘DanceWorks’ on April 6-7

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting ‘DanceWorks’ on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall. Under the artistic direction of Denise Carlson-Gardner, come celebrate dance in a concert of faculty and student choreography representing a diverse medley of styles. Learn more.

Review: ‘Earnest’ has a feel of completeness, of careful preparation and delivery

Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds was entertained by the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance presentation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” “It’s fun to be in an audience that gets it… gets the humor of Oscar Wilde as it rolls out subtly, wryly and oh-so-cleverly like waves lapping on a shore. Such an experience was at hand Saturday night in a full Jean Weidner…” Read his review.

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

Twas 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.

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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.

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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.