CWRU graduate students from the Department of Dance could be found in all corners of the globe this summer. Many students were honored with competitive awards from the university to assist in their travels and research. Donations to the department’s Friends of Dance also helped support these unique and invaluable learning experiences for our students.
Andrea Alvarez attended the De Dutch Summer Dance Course (DeDSDC) in The Hague, The Netherlands with support from Friends of Dance. Here she met and worked with many renowned teachers and choreographers, and had the opportunity to perform excerpts of “Black Cake” by Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián as well as Kylián’s “Sinfonietta.” Kylian made an appearance at one of the rehearsals where he spoke with the students sharing his thoughts and feelings about dance, choreography, and performance. Andrea was also able to spend two additional weeks traveling through The Netherlands, Belgium, and France and visiting museums as part of her research for her thesis.
Yidi Lin received the Cleveland Arts Prize Kathryn Karipides Scholarship for the second year in a row as well as some support from Friends of Dance to attend summer workshops in New York including the Mark Morris Dance Group Intensive, the Summer Intensive with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, and a Gaga Intensive. She also took classes at various studios including hip hop classes in Los Angeles before traveling to New York.
Julia Pedron Nicolau received the CWRU Eva L Pancoast Award to attend the Contact Improv Festival near Kuala Lumpur where she experienced two weeks of communal living and dancing in the heart of the Malaysian jungle.
Tingting Zhou received support from Friends of Dance to attend the two-week Beijing Dance Festival where she was able to explore new dance styles with teachers from across the globe. In addition to taking classes, Tingting was selected to present her solo “Time Passenger” in the Youth Dance Marathon, which featured works by young choreographers from all over the world.
Richard Oaxaca received Friends of Dance support to attend Diavolo: Architect in Motion Summer Workshops in California, which present unique challenges combining ballet, contemporary and hip hop dance with acrobatics and martial arts. In addition to taking classes, he was invited to join Diavolo’s Company B, and was privileged to perform in the restaging of the company’s work “Caged.” Richard was also invited to the Word in Motion Dance Company’s Urban Street Festival in North Hollywood where he furthered his dance training repertoire with krumping, house, and Latin funk. Richard didn’t limit his summer activities to dance, he also also found time to serve as a volunteer at the Special Olympics World Games and as a brand ambassador for VIP Dental Spas of West Hollywood at the LA Pride Festival.
Ziying Cui and Jared Bendis focused their summer activities on research. Ziying returned to China for the summer where she taught classes and began her thesis research. Jared traveled to Scotland to continue his work photographing castles. For this trip, he obtained 18th century engravings of various structures and set out to photograph what remains of the structures today. Upon his return, Jared constructed a Camera Obscura as an interactive installation for the Cleveland World Festival. He also presented at the New Media Consortium on his recent dance work “Choma” choreographed this past spring.