Twelve William Smith dance students and all of the HWS dance faculty presented new works and danced a variety of roles at the American College Dance Festival, March 12-16 at State University College at Brockport.
Assistant Professor Michelle Ikle presented her recent choreography for adjudication, receiving favorable reviews from national professional dance artists Gesel Mason, Richard Move and Claire Porter. This work, “Pluck From the Memory a Rooted Sorrow,” was performed with strength and subtlety by Nina Franzino '09, Nichole Geary '11, Karen George '09 and Sade Jones '08.
A Faculty Dance Concert there featured Ikle performing her solo, “Wrought,” and Assistant Professor Missy Pfohl Smith and Associate Professor Cadence Whittier performing Pfohl Smith's “Absent Presence.” Alexandra Berger '09 presented her newly choreographed “Resurfacing” in an informal concert.
A variety of classes were offered by HWS Dance Faculty including “Rommett Floor Barre,” by Professor Cynthia Williams, the department chair; “Jazz,” by Ikle, and “Modern Technique and Contact Improvisation,” by Pfohl Smith. Instructors Danita Emma and Heather Roffe taught Ballet and Argentine Tango, respectively. Ikle was a member of a panel that discussed Somatics in dance.
Approximately 600 dancers — students and faculty — from across the United States attended the Conference. William Smith students who attended classes, workshops, panels and performances included Cara Bishop '08, Kathryn Bowering '11, Gabrielle Brigida '10, Deirdra Evers '08, Sherry Funke '08, Stefanie Novak '08 and Kimberly Tremlett '10.
The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments.
Regional conferences sponsored by the association provide a venue for students and faculty to engage in performances, workshops, panels and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum.
Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic settings and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.
Photo is of Assistant Professor of Dance Michelle Ikle.