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Spring MaDaCol Concert

Date posted: April 1st, 2015

The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce this spring’s production of MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective). Performances are April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and April 18 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
MaDaCol, one of the university’s oldest undergraduate student organizations, offers an important creative outlet for CWRU graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff and greater Cleveland community members. The performance will feature new dance works by second-year graduate students Andrea Alvarez, […Read more]

Shannon Sterne to Perform with the Cleveland Dance Exchange

Date posted: March 31st, 2015

Department of Dance Assistant Professor Shannon Sterne will perform with the Cleveland Dance Exchange (CDX), a cooperative she co-founded in 2013 with other local dancers in Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks Series April 9-11, 2015. A single evening-length work in ten sections, “Top 10,” was conceived, scripted, produced, and managed by Sterne who also choreographed one of the dance sections. The production is an ambitious undertaking bringing together ten choreographers and 16 dancers in a radio show-style countdown of Billboard Hot 100 hits. But Sterne further increased the complexity of the production through the inclusion of two unique twists – one impacting the creative process, and one impacting the performance of the work.

Sterne was initially inspired to create the work several years ago in the wake of the passing of legendary 20th century choreographer Merce Cunningham who was famous for his use of “chance methods” in his choreographic process. Sterne utilized similar chance methods for her work in two different ways.

Each choreographer was assigned a number – one through ten – corresponding to a ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts. They then had to choose a hit from that rankings for each of three decades: the 1960s, the 1980s, and the 2000s, and create a single piece of choreography that could be performed to each of the three songs.

The decade of hits the dancers actually perform to will be determined by audience vote each night of the performance. Potentially, the dancers will perform to the same decade of hits each night, however, audience vote could shift each night requiring the dancers perform each night to a different playlist of songs.

“Top 10” is part of a double-bill with Ohio Dance Theatre, and will take place at Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland. All performances begin at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling the CPT box office at 216-631-2727 or at

Alumni and Part-time Lecturers to Present Choreography Locally

Date posted: March 30th, 2015

Alumni and part time-lecturers to present choreography locally:  Several alumni from the CWRU Gradate Dance Program have choreographed sections of the Cleveland Dance Exchange’s “Top Ten” to be presented at the Cleveland Public Theater, April 9, 10 and 11 as part of the theater’s Danceworks series.  Heather Koniz, MFA ’08 and Rachel Stoneking, MFA ’12 who are both part-time lecturers in the Department of Dance have choregraphed a section of “Top Ten” as has alumna, Dani Dowler, MFA ’14.

Hannah Barna, MFA Candidate

Date posted: March 24th, 2015

Third-year graduate student and MFA candidate Hannah Barna, has been invited to present her research at the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) in Kyoto, Japan. The conference, which is held once every two years, will be in September 2015. Barna’s dance wellness research, entitled “Development of a model and prototype of an educational screening training program” was conducted during her graduate studies, and previously presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Conferences in Seattle, […Read more]

Karlie Budge

Date posted: March 16th, 2015

Junior Dance and Physics major and Scholarship recipient, Karlie Budge, was a guest artist, performing her solo “Pull” as an alumna for the annual spring concert of The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble (TCDE), a modern dance company for girls from age 8-18 founded in 1981.   Karlie performed with TCDE for nine years touring to Sri Lanka and Jordan and throughout the US before coming to CWRU to major in dance. […Read more]


Reserve Tickets for Illuminated

The department of dance presents: Illuminated featuring choreography and performances by MFA candidates Hannah Barna and Amanda Clark. Tickets may be purchased (cash or check only) at the door prior to each performance: $7 for students with ID, $10 for adults 60+ and university personnel, and $15 for general admission. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246, or online at

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