Dance Ensembles are offered each year in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African, and Hip-hop and are open to students by audition at the beginning of each semester in which any of the ensembles are scheduled. Most Ensembles assume that students are working at an intermediate level and above or that students have been working in that particular technique for several years. Auditions notices are posted during course registration and via email. Student dancers perform works created by dance faculty or guest choreographers, or in reconstructions from historic and contemporary repertories. Students have danced in reconstructed works by choroegraphers ranging from José Limón to Trisha Brown. During Fall 2017, we are offering Ballet and Modern ensembles, which will be performed in the Spring 2018 concert. In the Spring we will offer Modern, Jazz, African, and another genre, which will also be performed in the annual Spring Dance Concert in conjunction with works produced by our advanced choreography students. In the Fall, we also offer Dance Outreach Ensemble which tours regional schools with lecture-demonstration and performance program.
Please see the FALL 2017 schedule for audition and rehearsal times.
Dance Outreach Project is a a community based project, under the guidance of Associate Director Madeline Cantor. Each year students learn a program that features a lecture-demonstration section as well as a full-length narrative dance piece. Each year, the Dance Outreach Project visits 1500 to 2000 children in Philadelphia area schools, sharing with them both the educational and aesthetic value of dance. Original choreography is supported by commissioned music and costuming. Students must have some prior experience in Dance and a strong commitment to and love of performance. Sudent dancers are selected after an initial group meeting and movement session in the Fall. Students can receive academic or Physical Education credit for participation. Interested students should contact Professor Cantor for more information.
Tabitha is a student group that provides more choreographic and performance experience for serious-minded dancers. Every year the directorship of Tabitha is handed down as a May Day gift to a rising senior who exhibits a strong interest in choreography and who has had corresponding course work in the Composition and Choreography course sequence. Working with a Dance Program faculty mentor, this student director choreographs or invites other choreographers to join her in producing an evening length performance that is presented in Pem Studio. Tabitha has frequently showcased senior major choreographic thesis projects and sections of the work are often performed, as well, in the Spring Dance Concert.
Other Program-related courses that receive performance support include end-of-semester works from Ballet Workshop, Dance Composition I and Dance Composition II, and technique courses that elect to include repertory.
Student works from Advanced Choreography are shown in studio performances or in the Spring Dance Concert. These more extended works utilize a cast of selected students.