School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre at USF

DanceUSF present the Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert
Thurs, April 19 – Sat, April 21 at 7:30
Sat, April 21 & Sun, April 22 at 3:00

Theatre 1, USF Tampa Campus

The 2018 Spring Dance Concert is an electrifying evening featuring work by DanceUSF faculty members Paula Nunez and Jeanne Travers, our talented BFA students, and original work by John W. Holloway Endowment guest artists Alex Ketley (The Foundry) and Professor Xiao Xiang-Rong (Beijing Normal University).

Threads of Time
Choreographer: Xiao Xiangrong
Media:Chen Xiao Bin
Costume Design: Lauren Banawa
John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre Guest Artist

Ballast (Particulate Rage, Love & Recovery)
Choreographer: Alex Ketley
Rehearsal Director: Bliss Kohlmyer
Costume Design: Terri Funaro
John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre Guest Artist

Breaking the Wall of Silence: Voices of Resilience
Artistic Director/ Choreographer:Jeanne Travers
Voiceover Director/Coach: Dora Arreola
Dance Movement Therapist and Artistic Collaborator: Lisa Roll
Text Compilation/ Dramaturg: Andrea Assaf
Voiceover Actors: Fanni Green, Hemwattie Persaud, Erin Johnson, Talia Fish, Ashlyn De Soto, Andrea Assaf
Costume Design: Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch

Jeanne Travers received a 2017 USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award for her Creative Research, which funded the creation of Breaking the Wall of Silence: Voices of Resilience. This piece was developed in collaboration with Art2Action Inc., through a series of community workshops.

Choreographer: Paula Nunez
Costume Design: Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch

defined dvesha (4/18 @ 7:30 & 4/21 @ 7:30)
Choreographer: Elisabeth Karrels

Second, Minute,Year (4/19 @ 7:30 & 4/21 @ 3:00)
Choreographer: Bethany Clubb

Parakletos (4/20 @ 7:30 & 4/22 @ 3:00)
Choreographer: Lindsey Trafford

Concert Lighting Designer: Anthony Vito

Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, in 1998 he left the company to create The Foundry as a platform to explore his interests in alternative methods of devising performance. The company has allowed Ketley to pursue projects that would be difficult to realize within his commissioning career. A few examples of these are; Syntax, an hour long duet systemically using the mechanics of language as an organizing mechanism, Lost Line researched how the application of environment effects the generation of movement and studied in direct response to California's diverse physical landscapes, Please Love Me jettisoned the structure of performing in a theater context and was developed with a curiosity about how people connect and experience artwork, and the No Hero Trilogy which was a multi-year project that explored what dance and performance means to the lives of people living throughout rural America. For his independent commissioned work he has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award and the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. His pieces have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards in the categories of; Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, and Outstanding Achievement by a Company. For more information visit:

Professor Xiao Xiangrong is the Chairman of the Dance Department of Beijing Normal University and the Vice Dean of the Art and Communication School. He was the Chief Creator and Choreographer of the 29th Olympic games and the 29th Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. His work A Hymn of the Long River won the golden prize of Wen Hua Award and his Never Apart won the golden prize of CCTV Dance Competition.

John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre
The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides these programs with funds on an annual basis. John W. Holloway, a TheatreUSF graduate, has systematically donated enhancement funds to build the Theatre and Dance programs to exceptional artistic status. The Holloway Endowed Chair has allowed both theatre and dance majors to work with renowned international artists in the creation of new work and in the preparation of interdisciplinary stage productions on important contemporary subjects.

USF School of Theatre and Dance
The University of South Florida Dance Program is a division of the School of Theatre & Dance, one of five schools and two institutes in the USF College of The Arts. The program, housed in its own state-of-the-art Dance Centre on a large public research university campus, offers a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and B.A. in Dance Studies. Students also enjoy the benefits of living in the Tampa Bay Area, home to three major performing arts centers and close to Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. The B.F.A. in Dance Performance focuses on the professional development of dancers and choreographers. The B.A. in Dance Studies offers an individualized program for students who, in addition to their dance training, wish to explore the relationship between dance and another academic area (i.e., education, physical therapy, etc.). Throughout the curriculum students are encouraged to expand their view of dance to include other cultures and ideas of performance. All classes are student-centered, with the faculty maintaining a close mentoring relationship.

Central to the dance program is its commitment to the creation of original choreographic works by students, faculty, and guest artists. These works are presented in regular public performances by students throughout the year. The curriculum for all dance majors includes daily dance technique (five levels in ballet and modern dance), with professional musicians accompanying classes. Creative Studio Studies include a strong emphasis in improvisation and four progressive levels of choreography. Dance Theory includes extensive study in music for dance, dance kinesiology, movement analysis, dance history, pedagogy, and research in dance. Students also benefit from opportunities to perform and study abroad through faculty-directed programs, such as USF Dance in Paris.

Faculty members in the dance program are well-known professionals with wide-ranging experience as dancers, choreographers, and teachers. In addition, renowned choreographers such as Robert Moses, Bill T. Jones, Ronald K. Brown, Doug Varone, Trisha Brown, Jennifer Archibald, Alonzo King (LINES Ballet) and Robert Moses (Robert Moses KIN) regularly augment the full-time faculty roster as visiting artists. USF dance graduates are currently performing in major dance companies, teaching dance, working in arts management, and pursuing graduate degrees in top-rated programs across the country. Auditions are held throughout the year and are required for admission to the dance program. Further information may be found at

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