Assistant Professor of Dance Michelle Ikle and 13 William Smith students recently attended the Northeast Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association at Mercyhurst College, in Erie, Pa. The four-day conference hosted approximately 500 dancers, teachers, choreographers and musicians. Participants chose among 85 classes/workshops and attended four adjudicated concerts and two informal concerts. Ikle’s work “Landscapes: Explorations with fabric and Glass,” which premiered last spring in the Colleges’ Faculty Dance Concert, was reworked and in the words of one adjudicator was “expertly danced” by Lauren Budd ’10, Bethany Fagan ’10, Caitlyn Schrader ’10, Rebecca Fry ’11, Nichole Geary ’11, Rachel McKeon ’11, Rebecca Borsuk ’11 and Kathryn Bowering ’11. Additionally, Kimberly Tremlett ’10 was an understudy.
Bowering and Geary presented their duet, “Groovin'” in the Student Informal Concert. Ikle presented “Tempted” in the Faculty Informal Concert. Ikle also taught a class in intermediate/advanced jazz dance technique and a workshop in somatic integration called “Finding Balance.” Other students on the trip, which was sponsored by the Dance Department, were Gabrielle Brigida ’10, Samantha Dighton ’11, Katherine Marino ’11 and Alex Cragg ’14.
The curriculum of the Dance Department is designed to be a basis for graduate study or careers in the areas of choreography, performance, teaching, dance administration and movement science.
The dance major has three tracks to choose from: a traditional, disciplinary performance-based focus, an interdisciplinary dance studies concentration, or an individually designed major. The dance major and minor may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary, depending on the courses selected.