Events - Visiting Artists and Film Series
Masters of Dance Guest Series
Presented by the Santa Monica College Dance Department
All are invited to attend this FREE series of lectures and master classes by experts from the world of dance.
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.
Gary Bates, Dancer/Dance Historian
September 17, 2013, 10:10am-12:15pm
Mr. Bates will share over 30 years of Los Angeles Modern and Contemporary Dance History highlighting the contributions of CA dance pioneer Bella Lewitsky and also discuss his current LA DanceHistoryProject.
Gary Bates, Dancer/Dance Historian began his dance career in 1960 as a member of the Eugene Loring Dance Players. He later joined The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company and co-founded Eyes Wide Open Dance Theatre. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from UCLA. As a performer, choreographer and educator he has been a part of the southern California dance community for over 50 years. He is currently on the advisory board for the DanceHistoryProject.
Amy “Catfox” Campion,
October 2, 2013, 2:00pm-4:05pm
Amy Campion will engage students in a vigorous breakdance class designed to give an overview of the fundamentals of the art form including toprocks, go-downs, footwork, powermoves, and freezes. She will lead a warm up, teach a short routine, and guide the students to synthesize their newly acquired movements into an improvisation. Campion will share her experiences as a choreographer, dance company director, and BGirl. Students will view Campion's short dance film, Street Dance Orixás.
Amy "Catfox" Campion is a B-Girl, Professora de Capoeira, and the Artistic Director of Antics. She creates multimedia urban dance performances and short dance films. She graduated from UCLA with an MFA in choreography in 2006. Her work has been presented at the Ford Amphitheater, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, the Skirball Cultural Center, and REDCAT amongst many others. She is a member of the breaking crew BYC. Watch for her film “Street Dance Orixás” screening at film festivals around the world in 2013/2014
Andre Tyson, Contemporary Dance
November 13, 2013, 10:00am-12:05pm
Mr. Tyson will conduct a Lester Horton based contemporary dance class and will incorporate aspects of yoga and floor barre a terre and Pilates instruction.
Andre Tyson is currently the Assistant Dean at California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. He began his training at the School of the Garden State Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Joan Weill Center for Dance. He is a former principal dancer and company teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and also a Certified Pilates Instructor. He has created works for a broad range of companies from Ailey II, to the Milwaukee Ballet. Mr. Tyson is also Supervisor for Cal Arts CAP Program for teenagers with Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
The Dance Department Masters of Dance Series is generously funded by the SMC Associates.(www.smc.edu/associates)
Dance Department Open House
Thursday, September 12
11:15am - 12:00pm
Learn about the variety of courses taught within the department, meet faculty and watch students perform.
Dance Majors Meeting
Thursday, September 19
Learn about being a dance major or minor
Scholarships in dance
Careers in dance
Dance in media
Photo by Charles Mark-Walker, 2013
Dance Department Film Series
West Side Story
October 17, 7:00PM
First come seating
Lecture and screening
Winner of Ten Academy Awards! West Side Story, is a 1961 musical film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, adapted from the 1957 Broadway musical.
November 14, 7:00PM
First come seating
Lecture and screening
Pina is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer who died in the summer of 2009.
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