School of Theatre & Dance

DanceUSF present the Spring Dance Concert

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

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 guest artists Alex Ketley (The Foundry) and Professor Xiao Xiang-Rong (Beijing Normal University).

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Tickets are $10 for Students/Seniors/Active Military and $15 general admission.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information please contact our USF College of the Arts Box office at 813-974-2323.


The Spring Dance Concert promises to be an electrifying evening of dance with work by our talented students and faculty.  This concert will also feature work by guest artists Alex Ketley and, from Beijing Normal University in China, Professor Xiao Xiangrong.

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.

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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