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The HWS Update

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are hosting the 8th Annual Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival which brings renowned dance artists, educators, choreographers and scholars to Geneva for four days of workshop sessions and performances, July 6-9, 2022. Co-directed by dance icon William “Bill” Evans and Dance Department Professor Cynthia Williams, the conference follows the

Three Faculty Choreographers join Guest Artist Olive Prince ’99 in three performances. The HWS Dance Department will celebrate its first in-person live Faculty Dance Concert since 2019 with three performances scheduled for Thursday, April 28 – Saturday, April 30 in the Deming Theatre of the Gearan Center for Performing Arts. “This year marks the return

The late Professor of Dance Cadence Joy Whittier, who served at HWS from 2000-2021, will be remembered on Sunday, April 10, from 2-4 p.m. in Deming Theatre. To celebrate the extraordinary life of Cadence Joy Whittier, the Dance Department and its faculty invite all friends of Whittier to share in a creative tribute on Sunday,

The First Year Seminar Symposium caps students’ first semester at the Colleges.  The First Year Seminar is designed to build a foundation for skills in critical thinking and communication at the Colleges. At the First Year Seminar Symposium, students showcased their academic growth by presenting the projects that have catapulted them into the world of

Mirabel Hickman ’21 begins a Master of Architecture at Pratt Institute Mirabel Hickman ’21 will soon begin a graduate degree at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture. At HWS, she graduated magna cum laude in architectural studies with a minor in dance. Hickman was also awarded an Architecture Prize for Leadership, Service and Academic Achievement. Since

HWS faculty and alums dance at Rochester Museum and Science Center event. The Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) will present two outdoor dance performances that will include HWS faculty and alums. “Wander,” a site-specific dance tour, will take place on Monday and Thursday, June 28 and July 1, and “Wonder,” a stationary dance concert,

Three professors of Dance Ensemble, Donna Davenport, Michelle Iklé and Kelly Johnson, spent the spring semester with 35 William Smith dancers and two media and society students in a pandemic, masked, indoors and outdoors, in snow, on Seneca Lake piers, with green screens, on the streets of Geneva, and on stage, in 12-foot squares in Deming Theater, to create six new, short films.

HWS Dance Department hosts virtual concert Friday and Saturday. In yet another first in this unprecedented year, several junior and senior Dance majors and minors have created choreography on film for the annual Junior Senior Choreographers Concert. The virtual concert will be broadcast on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Following

Sharna Fabiano ’97 combines her experience as a tango dancer and life coach to explore teamwork in the workplace in her new book, Lead & Follow: The Dance of Inspired Teamwork. Tango dance and life coaching, two of the seemingly dissimilar passions of Sharna Fabiano ’97, coalesce in her new book, Lead & Follow: The

Capping a new course this fall, students published a collaborative exploration of the history, modes, applications and future of dance criticism. In Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams’ course,  DAN 314 “Dance Criticism and Embodied Writing,” eight students delved into dance criticism to unpack its practices, the contributions of its practitioners and the way it reveals