University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music

Dance Division's

Fall Concert 2010

Featuring the choreography of
Mary Pat Henry
DeeAnna Hiett
Ronald Tice
Paula Weber
Bernard H.G. Gaddis, guest artist

Thursday-Saturday 4, 5, 6 November 2010 in White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center at UMKC

Taylor Ohman in Magnesium Pieces by Ronn Tice
Taylor Ohman in Magnesium Pieces by Ronn Tice

 


The PROGRAM

 

La Petit Suite

Kelanie Murphy and Michael Tomlinson in La Petit Suite by Mary Pat Henry
Kelanie Murphy and Michael Tomlinson in La Petit Suite by Mary Pat Henry

Choreography by Mary Pat Henry
Music by Claude Debussy
Lighting design by Brandon Clark
Costume design by Paula Weber
Costume construction by Kathy Bradford
Cast A
Haley Day and Chadi EI-Khoury, Danielle Glynn and Mark Gieringer, Kelanie Murphy and Michael Tomlinson, Hannah Benditt, Marie Buser, Heather Costello, Alyssa Gold, Erin Kane, Sara Beth Rothhammer, Liza Rod, Megan Squires, Dempsey Ward
Cast B
Claire Gardner-Dale and Desmond Roach, Danielle Glynn and Corey McGlynn, Kelanie Murphy and Michael Tomlinson, Rachel Crawford, Alyssa Gold, Erin Kane, Erin Muenks, Taylor Ohman, Liza Rod, Alyssa Schneider, Megan Squires, Dempsey Ward, Daley Kappenman, Erika Edwards

 

Givin' Up

Eight Year Comparison

November 2010 September 2002
Givin Up by DeeAnna Hiett Nov 2010 with Asha Singh and Gavin Stewart
Givin Up by DeeAnna Hiett Nov 2010 with Asha Singh and Gavin Stewart

Eight years before at Dance in the Park 2002, this picture, of the same moment with choreographer/dancer DeeAnna Hiett and Winston Dynamite Brown. At that time the dance was a duet. For this work put on by students at UMKC DeeAnna Hiett created a first section with three couples, followed by the original duet.

Givin Up by DeeAnna Hiett - 2002 Dance in the Park with DeeAnna Hiett and WInston Dynamite Brown
Givin Up by DeeAnna Hiett - 2002 Dance in the Park with DeeAnna Hiett and WInston Brown

 

Choreography by DeeAnna Hiett
Music by Donny Hathaway and Celine Dion
Lighting design by Rachael Shair
Costumes by Tracy Vogt
Dancers for the triples:
Heather Costello, Willa Dock, Chasmine Gerschefske, Mark Gieringer, Miyesha McGriff, Kelanie Murphy, Megan Squires, and Erik Sobbe
Dancers for the duets:
Brittany Duskin and Reggie Simmons (Thu.),
Gavin Stewart and Asha Singh (Fri),
Nina-Rose Wardanian and Paco Vitug (Sat. matinee),
Desmond Roach and Shanna Colbern (Sat. eve.)

 

Magnesium Pieces


Gavine Stewart in rehearsal in studio 103


Extract from the picture above showing Gavin in full layout in the mirror


The same moment in performance. Gavin really isn't leaping into an abyss but the lighting gives that impression.

Choreography by Ronald Tice
Music by Frank Zappa, performed by Ensemble Modern
Lighting design by Erik Voekcs
Cast A
Joyce Armstrong, Marie Buser, Haley Day, Danielle Glynn, Alyssa Gold, Erin Kane, Daley Kappenman, Kelanie Murphy,Sara Beth Rothhammer, Gavin Stewart
Cast B
Lacee Ebert, Chasmine Gerschefske, Miyesha McGriff, Taylor Ohman, Liza Rod, Lynley Schaffer, Rose Taylor-Spann, Megan Squires, Gavin Stewart, Dempsey Ward, Rachel Crawford


INTERMISSION

 

Allegro Assai


Marie Buser and Alyssa Gold

  Kelanie Murphy
Kelanie Murphy

Choreography by Paula Weber
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Allegro assai from Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319
Lighting design by Brandon Clark Costumes design and construction by Paula Weber
Cast A
Pamela Auinbauh, Marie Buser, Danielle Glynn, Alyssa Gold, Miyesha McGriff, Kelanie Murphy, Appie Peterson, Megan Squires
Cast B
Hannah Benditt, Heather Costello, Haley Day, Lacee Ebert, Daley Kappenman, Sarah Beth Rothhammer, Taylor Ohman, Dempsey Ward

 

Ms. ... Blues

This piece is named in the program for the dancer, whoever she may be, who is performing it.

Miyesha McGriff
Ms Miyesha

Whitney Ricketts
Ms Whittney

Caitlin Vasser
Ms Caitlin

In-studio practice: left-right: Whittney Ricketts, Miyesha McGriff (back), Nina Rose Wardanian. Caitlin Vasser was to the left of this pictures edge.
In-studio practice: left-right: Whittney Ricketts, Miyesha McGriff (back), Nina Rose Wardanian. Caitlin Vasser was to the left of this picture's edge.

Ms. Miyesha Blues (Thu.)
Ms. Nina-Rose Blues (Fri.)
Ms. Caitlin Blues (Sat. matinee)
Ms. Whitney Blues (Sat. eve.)

Choreography by Bernard H.G. Gaddis
Rehearsal direction by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Music by Melody Gardot
Lighting design by Latrice Lovett
Costume design and construction by Lisa Choules
Miyesha McGriff (Thu.),
Nina-Rose Wardanian (Fri.),
Caitlin Vasser (Sat. matinee),
Whitney Ricketts (Sat. eve.)
This piece is dedicated to Ms. Sarita Allen, an artist who has inspired me with her dancing for many years. —Bernard H.G. Gaddis

 

Flow

Erik Sobbe in flow
Erik Sobbe

Pamela Auibauh in Flow
Pamela Auibauh

 

Choreography by Paula Weber
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations No. 1
Lighting design by Brandon Clark
Costume design and construction by Paula Weber
Pamela Auinbauh and Erik Sobbe (Thu., Fri.)
Kelanie Murphy and Erik Sobbe (Sat. matinee, Sat. eve.)

 

DIETAS


Mark Gieringer

 

Choreography by Bernard H.G. Gaddis Rehearsal direction by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Music by Lisa Gerrod
Lighting design by Latrice Lovett
Costume design and construction by Lisa Choules
Cast A
Marie Buser, Kassi Butler, Haley Day, Mark Gieringer, Alyssa Gold, Erin Kane, Andrea Mason, Miyesha McGriff, Desmond Roach, Sara Beth Rothhammer, Reggie Simmons, Megan Squires, Gwen Tripp, Nina-Rose Wardanian
Cast B
Hannah Benditt, Marie Buser, Kassi Butler, Heather Costello, Haley Day, Chadi EI-Khoury, Mark Gieringer, Daley Kappenman, Desmond Roach, Sara Beth Rothhammer, Gwen Tripp, Dempsey Ward, Nina-Rose Wardanian

Nina Rose Wardanian and Mark Gieringer in Deitas
Nina Rose Wardanian and Mark Gieringer

Latin translation: Deity | de-it-e | Noun (pi. -ties)
A god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion): a deity of ancient Greece.
Divine status, quality, or nature: a ruler by deliusions of deity.
(usu. the Deity) the creator and supreme being (in a monotheistic
religion such as Christianity).
4. A representation of a god or goddess, such as a statue or carving.
Origin: Middle English (denoting the divine nature of God): from Old French
deite, from ecclesiastical Latin deltas (translating Greek theotes), from deus ("god").

 

PRODUCTION STAFF

Concert Director DeeAnna Hiett
Production Manager Robert Beck
Stage Manager Vashti Goracke
Assistant Stage Manager Kaitlin Heibel
Master Electrician Richard Sprecken
Lead Lighting Designer Latrice Lovett
Sound Designers Robert Beck, Jason Scheuffler
Sound Operators Claire Gardner-Dale
Curtain Lexie Klasing, Rachael Hoise, Caitlin Vasser
Technical Crew Emily Berger, Erika Edwards, Veronica Vidal, Simone Deloner, Kari Hayle, Lynley Schaffer, Gwen Tripp, Corey McGlynn, Kassi Butler, Shanna Colbern, Sarah Herbert, Liza Rod, Lacee Ebert, Paco Vitug, Rose Taylor-Span

 

(front to back of line) Pam Auinbauh, Miyesha McGriff, Appie Peterson, Danielle Glynn, Marie Buser, Megan Squires
(front to back of line) Pam Auinbauh, Miyesha McGriff, Appie Peterson, Danielle Glynn, Marie Buser, Megan Squires

Sara Beth Rothhammer
Sara Beth Rothhammer

Alyssa Gold
Alyssa Gold


Pamela Auinbauh, Appie Peterson

Marie Buser
Marie Buser

Whitney Ricketts
Whitney Ricketts

In-studio practice: left-right: Whittney Ricketts, Miyesha McGriff (back), Nina Rose Wardanian. Caitlin Vasser was to the left of this pictures edge.
In-studio practice: left-right: Whittney Ricketts, Miyesha McGriff (back), Nina Rose Wardanian. Caitlin Vasser was to the left of this picture's edge.

Miyesha McGriff
Miyesha McGriff

Costume design and construction by Lisa Choules, shown here adjusting the fit
Costume design and construction by Lisa Choules, shown here adjusting the fit

Whitney Ricketts, Lisa Choules and Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Whitney Ricketts, Lisa Choules and Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Costume designer Lisa Choules and rehearsal director Sabrina Madison-Cannon in studio 108
Costume designer Lisa Choules and rehearsal director Sabrina Madison-Cannon in studio 108

 

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHERS

Copied from the program (using OCR software)

Bernard H.G. Gaddis' dance studies began in Philadelphia at the High School for Performing Arts with instructors Althea Leslie, Judy Oruska, and David Kloss. Gaddis earned several full scholarship awards in high school, including to the prestigious Governor's School for the Performing Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Princeton Ballet, and the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater. Gaddis began his professional career at age fifteen with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), later founding its second performing company, D2. Gaddis has received numerous awards as D2's artistic director and choreographer including Philadelphia's prestigious Men Making a Difference award.

Gaddis spent seven years in New York City as principal dancer with the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater under the direction of Judith Jamison. In Los Angeles, he appeared in The Lion King under director Julie Tamour. Gaddis has performed with companies throughout the world, including Oakland Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Koresh Dance Co., the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Zingaro (Paris). He has performed for the Queen of England, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton and in venues such as the Paris Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Tivoli Theater Copenhagen, and the Bolshoi Theater, among others. Gaddis has had the privilege of having ballets created and remounted on him by renowned choreographers Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, Jerome Robins, Donald McKayle, Garth Fagan, Geoffrey Holder and many others.

Gaddis received training from master teachers Marion Cujett, Delores Brown, Sandra Fortune, Maurice Bejart, Katharine Dunham, Jose Mier, Frank Hatchett, and Jimmy Truitt. Gaddis is an expert instructor in horton, ballet, dunham, and African dance styles and has lectured at educational institutions across the US. Gaddis is currently a principal dancer and choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity and Mystere in Las Vegas. He is also the event coordinator and artistic director for Cienega Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Additionally, Gaddis enjoys extensive careers in modeling, acting, and photography with features and appearances in myriad publications and television programs.

Mary Pat Henry is a professor of ballet at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State. In 2007 Henry received the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Artistry/Scholarship Award and in 1992 received the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence In Teaching Award. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, and Radio City Music Hall. She has been a guest artist with the South Carolina, New York, Virginia Arts Commissions, and New York's Young Audience program for a variety of artist-in-residence programs. Henry has choreographed for the Dance Theater of Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, the Victoria Arts Festival in Canada, Off-Broadway, ABC's television special Kids Are People, Too, and various dance and theater companies throughout Europe and the United States. In addition to teaching master classes for dance companies around the world, Henry was a member of the ballet faculty of the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Feld Ballet in New York, the Laban Center for Movement and Dance, the Royal Academy of Dance in London and for the Guggenheim Foundation. She is also a respected adjudicator for regional and national dance competitions in the United States and Canada. Henry has been on the board of directors for the American College Dance Festival Association. She is currently the artistic director of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company based in Kansas City.

Texas native DeeAnna Hiett moved to New York City after receiving a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, joining the Alvin Alley Repertory Ensemble in 1986. She was a charter member of the Jamison Project under director Judith Jamison, later joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Hiett has danced with Ballet Hysell, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions, Quixotic, and as a special guest artist with several companies including the Kansas City Ballet. She has performing ballets by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Judith Jameson, Donald McKayle, George Faison, Jonathon Butler, and Dwight Rhoden, among others. Hiett has also worked commercially with artists such as LL Cool J, Cameo, designer Issey Miyake, and industrials American Express and Hanes Her Way.

Hiett has performed in the Lyric Opera's Carmen and The Merry Widow in Kansas City. She has given master classes and choreographed internationally for numerous universities including Princeton, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkley, Montclair State College, Missouri State University, Philadelphia School of the Arts, and the University of North Texas. She has taught at Ichibungi in Tokyo, Japan, and Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Hiett has been involved with Ailey Camp in both Missouri and Kansas for over a decade.

Hiett has created ballets for the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the Kansas City Ballet. In 2007 she performed for the Career Transitions for Dancers 22nd Anniversary Jubilee in New York City. She has received many reviews and awards including a recent Generative Performing Artists Award from Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City.

Sabrina Madison-Cannon was trained professionally as a scholarship student at the National Academy of Arts and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. As a so­loist with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Madison-Cannon worked with such renowned choreographers as Talley Beaty, Milton Meyers, Elisa Monte, Michael Peters, Gene Hill Sagan, and Lynne Taylor Corbet. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Iowa and a certification in Pilates from Stott Conditioning in Toronto, Canada. Madison-Cannon's teaching experience includes faculty positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. She has had guest teaching positions at the University of Iowa, Hampton University, the Fort Wayne Ballet Academy and Virginia School of the Arts and has the honor of being the University of Georgia's first Willson Center for the Arts Franklin College Visiting Scholar, Cur­rently she is an assistant professor of dance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her choreography has been presented for the International Chore­ographers Showcase in Barcelona and Madrid, the New York International Fringe Festival, the American College Dance Festival's Gala Performance and twice for the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference.

Ronald Tice's professional career has spanned four decades as a soloist in Europe and North America. Starting in theatre and dance at age ten, he studied on full scholarship with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His teachers include Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jurgen Schneider, Woytak Lowski, Anatole Vilzak, David Moroni, Maggie Black, Georgina Parkinson, Hilary Cartwright, Magali Messac, and Patricia Neary. His professional career includes the Zurich Opera-Ballet, the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and international guesting. He is a master teacher in ballet and has taught for NCDT, ABT, Minnesota Ballet, Western Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Ballet Arts Minnesota, University of Washington, the Royal Academy of Dancing, among others. Tice's appointment prior to UMKC was that of master ballet teacher at the Minnesota Dance Theatre.

Paula Weber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Butler University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Smith College. She has studied ballet with such masters as Maria Tallchief, Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Basil Thompson, Larry Long, Marjorie Mussman, and Maggie Black. During her professional career, Weber performed solo and principal roles of more than 45 major works which include Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppelia, and contemporary works as George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Agnes DeMille's Fall River Legend, John Butler's Carmina Burana and Alvin Alley's The River. She has worked with choreographers Bill T. Jones, Laura Dean, Charles Molton, and Kevin Jeff. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet (principal), Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago (soloist), Chicago Ballet, and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and guest artist with the Hartford Ballet. She is currently assistant director of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and is a ballet mistress with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In 1996 Weber was invited to be a guest instructor of ballet for the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, making her the second American ballet master to visit that conservatory. Weber was the recipient of the 1997, 2001, and 2008 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award presented to her by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Weber's choreography for the Kansas City Ballet's Toccata e due Canzone earned recent acclaim. She also choreographed the highly successful Carmina Burana for the Kansas City Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Albany, New York.

 



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 With staff and guest choreography 

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Spring Concerts
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

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Other Dance Concerts and Dance Division Events at UMKC
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

Carmina Burana
CORPS de Ballet 2011 Conference with the introduction of the Tudor Curriculum
Battleworks Concert - 25 October 2008
UMKC Master Class with Robert Battle - 20-24 Oct 2008
Note: as of spring 2011 Robert Battle took over as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey from the retiring Judith Jamison.
Master Class with Donald McKayle - August 2006
100th Year Anniversaryof the Conservatory - April 2006

Senior Recitals
These are held in the winter semester and the graduating seniors begin signups and rehearsals early in the fall semester. This is one of their last graded works. Each senior choreographs and directs a group piece and performs in a solo which may be self-choreography or another's and may also be a duet if there is a large enough mix of solo to duet.

There are a number of recital concerts, depending on the total number of seniors. Generally the mid-week concerts have in-town seniors while those with families out of town are scheduled for Saturdays so relatives can attend.

Senior Recital 2012
Senior Recital 2011
Senior Recital 2008
Senior Recital 2007
Senior Recital 2005

Related Links
 Non-UMKC events which have UMKC dancers, staff or visiting artists. 

Don McKayle talk 24 Jan 2008 at Public Library, KCMO about Kansas City Ballet piece he was commisioned to create.
UMKC guys in Romeo and Juliet at Kansas City Ballet Spring 2008 backstage in costumes.
Wylliams/Henry Sept 2006 and "Games ," choreography Donald McKayle.

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