School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre at USF

2014 Fall Dance Concert

Presented by DanceUSF

Choreography by Maurice Causey, Sarah Gamblin, Donna Mejia, Patrick Damon Rago, Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley, John Parks

Nov 6-8 & Nov 12-15 at 8pm
Nov 9 at 3pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

Lovely article by Barbara Melendez for the USF Homepage

Great preview in The Oracle by Alina Rodriguez

Guest choreographers include: Maurice Causey, former Ballet Master for the Royal Swedish Ballet and The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1; Sarah Gamblin, dance faculty at Texas Woman’s Univ. and founder of Dance Lab; Patrick Damon Rago, Chair of the Dance Dept. at Loyola Marymount Univ. in Los Angeles; and Donna Mejia -- choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, and new fusion traditions in world electronica and hip hop. Mejia is amongst a handful of artists authorized to instruct the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique.

Turbulentus - Maurice Causey, Choreographer

The Path - John Parks, Choreographer

Under - Sarah Gamblin, Choreographer

"As We Began Walking East" - Donna Mejia, Choreographer

3am - Andrew Carroll, Choreographer

Too -- Patrick Damon Rago, Choreographer

When We Fell - Michael Foley, Choreographer


Maurice Causey
Maurice Causey is an American born European based artist. He began studying Ballet at the age of 15 in his hometown of Florence,Alabama. His training includes School of the American Ballet,the American Ballet Theatre school, and the Joffery Ballet School in New York City.

Maurice was for eight years a Principal Dancer with William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet. He has also danced with the Cleveland Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and as Principal Dancer with the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden.

Mr. Causey has been Ballet Master for both the Royal Swedish Ballet (2002-2003) and The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 (2004-2010). He has choreographed original works for companies including The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1,Northwestern Dance Project, Hubbard Street 2,Milwaukee Ballet, Company C, Stockholm 59 North, Augsburg Ballet, Tanz Luzern Theatre, Ballet Aabesque and dance company iMEE of which he is Resident Choreographer. Maurice has also guest taught for Companies such as Norweigian National Ballet,Cullberg Ballet, NDT 1 and 2, Royal Swedish Ballet and Wayne McGregors Random Dance in London, England. He has taught, choreographed for Galas,Schools and competitions through-out the US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Australia, including Norwegian Institute of the Arts in Oslo,HJS in Amsterdam and being on staff at The Varna Ballet Academy hosted by the prestigious Varna International Ballet Competition 2014 and The II Baltic International Ballet Competition in Riga, Latvia 2014 .Maurice as well stages Ballets by William Forsythe and gives workshops in Forsythe's improvisational Technologies around the world and is currently a patron for the Austinmer Dance Theater in Australia directed by Michelle Forte.

Sarah Gamblin
Sarah Gamblin, Associate Professor of Dance, was a member of Bebe Miller Company from 1993-2000 and Bill Young and Dancers from 1996-99 with whom she toured various cities in South Africa, Portugal, Poland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Estonia, Peru and Venezuela as well as numerous cities in the US. In 2000 Sarah moved to Seattle to earn her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington. Gamblin joined the dance faculty at Texas Woman's University in 2002 where in 2006 founded Dance Lab, a student performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance making process and performance. Her choreography has been produced in Texas at the Fort Worth Dance Festival, the Out of the Loop Festival, Texas Woman's University, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, Bates Dance Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council, Dan’s Silver Leaf and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. Sarah's work has also been produced at the New Genre Festival inTulsa, University of Washington, The Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards and in New York City at Hundred Grand and Dia Center for the Arts.

Work for 2014 Fall Dance Concert: “Under

Donna Mejia
Donna Mejia (Assistant Professor, CU Boulder Theatre and Dance) is a choreographer, scholar, director, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica. This genre provides arich arena for the study of cultural imperialism, gender representation and electronic/digitalglobalization. Donna is also an authorized instructor of the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique and is a lauded representative of this esoteric study of dance after 20 years of practice. For 10 years she was a faculty member at Colorado College and Director of the Colorado College International Summer Dance Festival. For twelve years she served as Managing Director of the award-winning Harambee African Dance Ensemble of CU-Boulder under the amazing leadership of Instructor Emerita Letitia Williams. The Harambee ensemble was awarded the prestigious El Pomar Foundation grant, was featured in the March 1996 issue of Dance Magazine, performed for President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureate Archbiship Desmond Tutu, is part of the Denver International Airport time capsule, and was hailed as the “Best of Boulder” for 3 years.

Donna was the Guest Artist in Residence for Smith College Dance 2006 - 2009, and has been awarded residencies at the Naropa Institute, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, University of Northern Colorado, Taipei National University of the Arts, Bucknell University, Earth Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (three years) and the Bates Dance Festival (two years). She was nominated for a Pikes Peak Area Artist award in 2005. In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed Lecture for International Dance Scholarship in Dance, notably for her paper "Digital Diasporas and Transnational Dance Communities: The Effects of the Internet on Identity Formation and Collective Cultural Memory." Her research was also the featured keynote of Syracuse University's 2012 Symposium on Public Diplomacy. Donna completed her undergraduate degree in Business at CU-Boulder, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree on full fellowship from Smith College. She joined the University of Colorado at Boulder as an Assistant Professor of Dance in 2012. She is the first professor of tribal/transnational fusion globally. Donna balances her time teaching and touring throughout the U.S. and abroad, and headlined over 27 international festivals since 2012. Her choreographic commissions and performances continue to generate outstanding critical reviews from print and digital media.

Patrick Damon Rago

Damon Rago is a Professor and the Chair of the Dance Department at Loyola Marymount University. His dance career has spanned several years and several time zones. His most recent accomplishments include a game winning 3-point shot that ended the season in his pick-up basketball league. This was a particularly auspicious event as he had missed 14 lay-ups in the game.

He also enjoys choreographing from time to time.

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