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Performance Schedule 2013-2014

The Drexel Dance Ensemble is a professional caliber dance company presenting two fully-produced concerts in the Mandell Theater each year, performing for more than 1000 people each season. Students participating in the 50-member ensemble are given the opportunity to explore their artistry through working with professional choreographers, both faculty and guests artists, as well as a selection of student choreographers. The diversity of choreographic talent promises a show with dimension and unique perspectives on contemporary and classical dance forms. Entrance into this company is open to any dancers beyond their freshman year by audition twice yearly. The dance program also sponsors FreshDance, the freshman year dance company, consisting of 25 members. The program experience is similar but exclusive to the newest generation of Drexel students.

One of the more notable components of the Drexel Dance Ensemble is the student choreography. Each year 14 students are selected to create original works on their peers, and experience the process of working with a staff of theater professionals, including a lighting designer, and four costume designers creating original costumes for each piece. At the end of the year, four exceptional student choreographers are invited to reconstruct their works on the FreshDance Ensemble the following year, allowing their dances to have an extended life in our repertory.

Participation in the dance ensembles allows for the students of Drexel to connect to the artistic community, indulge in the creative process, and perhaps, expand their cultural scope. Recently, Drexel dancers represented the university, and our country, at the 45th Annual Singapore Youth Festival at the National University of Singapore. Invited by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the 12 dancers selected from both ensemble companies performed Sea of Glass, choreographed by dance faculty member Olive Prince, on July 20, 2011.

Click here to watch a video of this international experience.


FALL 2013

Dance Lecture Demonstration: Visualizing Rhythms-Umfundalai: A Contemporary African Dance Technique with Dr. Kariamu Welsh

October 17 | 7:00 pm

Tickets: www.danceboxoffice.com

Free and open to the public

Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Guggenheim Award winner and dance scholar will discuss how her research in Africa led to the creation of a new African dance technique, Umfundalai. Dancers from her company will demonstrate from the Mandell stage.


WINTER 2014

Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Memento

January 23, 24, 25 | 8:00 pm

Tickets: www.danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students

Mandell Theater

We collect souvenirs and memories of the places we've been and the people we've meet. These keepsakes are the inspiration behind the dance pieces in this concert. Six selected student works will be performed in addition to premieres by dance faculty Tania Isaac; Meredith Rainey, director of Carbon Dance Theater; and guest artists Toni Renee Johnson of Maverick Dance and Leah Stein of Leah Stein Dance Company.

 

FreshDance Winter Concert: New Adventures

January 31 & February 1 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: www.danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students

Mandell Theater

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers including Jennifer Morley, KC Chun Manning and Dr. Miriam Giguere.


SPRING 2014

Performance Charrette

April 6 | 6:00 PM

Free and open to the public

418 Main Dance Studio

Students from dance, digital media, theatre, fashion and engineering team up for an intensive weekend of creative process resulting in an informal performance of new work which synthesize the strengths of each discipline. Free and open to the public.

 

FreshDance Spring Concert

May 21 & 22 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: www.danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students

Mandell Theater

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers Clyde Evans, Marcie Mamura and guest choreographer Caroline O'Brien.

 

Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

May 29, 30,31 | 8:00 PM

Tickets: www.danceboxoffice.com

$10 general admission; $5 students

Mandell Theater

New works by ten choreographers combine to make an evening of dance and excitement. Selected student works will be performed in addition to premieres by Drexel dance faculty Olive Prince and Ellen Forman Memorial Award winner Lauren Putty White.