Friday, July 30, 2010

FYI - Audition Notice!

Happy last day to our Summer Dance Experience students! Those who have come from far away, we will miss you very much, and to our current students, we will see you back in a few weeks for Jumpstart!

Ms. Hunter wanted the following information to be available to alumni.

Auditions for Women and Men

Limón Dance Company
2010/2011 Season

Open call for Women - August 31, 2010
1:00 – 7:00pm

Open call for Men – September 1, 2010
12:00 – 6:00pm

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 West 60th St.

Callbacks for women and men - September 2 – 6, 2010

Callbacks will be in the form of a workshop. Those selected for callbacks should prepare to present a solo on the final day. Check www.­limon.­org for the schedule of this workshop.

Registration is mandatory. E-mail your resume to

Must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident, or hold a working visa.

José Limón Dance Foundation

212-777-3353 ext. 10

Thursday, July 29, 2010

You are invited to...

Hello danceSpace enthusiasts!

You are invited to see the students of the

Mercyhurst Summer Dance Experience

(along with the Lake Erie Ballet Junior Company)

perform choreography learned during their 4 weeks of study.

Friday, July 30, 2010

4:00 p.m.

Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA

This event is **free and open to the public**

Our students are very excited to show what they have learned! The program will be about an hour long. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An opportunity from CORPS

Hello loyal danceSpace followers!

Ms. Hunter wanted the following information to be available in case anyone was interested in this opportunity to be published in Dance Chronicle.


Special Issue of Dance Chronicle

“Ballet Is Woman”: But Where Are All the Women Choreographers?

Editors: Joellen A. Meglin and Lynn Matluck Brooks

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

Balanchine’s words remind us that women fill the rank and file of ballet companies, and their technique and expressivity have contributed greatly to ballet’s historical development. But have women achieved status equal to that of men, who, overwhelmingly, hold positions of artistic or administrative leadership? In the United States at least, the more prominent the ballet company and the greater its budget, the less likely it is to be run by a woman. Was this always so? Why is it so now? What is the status of women in ballet companies across the globe?

We invite research contributions to a special issue of Dance Chronicle dedicated to the theme “‘Ballet Is Woman’: But Where Are All the Women Choreographers?” to be edited by Joellen A. Meglin and Lynn Matluck Brooks. Papers on topics related to the theme of women choreographers, impresarios, and artistic directors in ballet might address, but need not be limited to, topics such as

· What preconceptions affect women’s abilities and educational development as choreographers, impresarios, and artistic directors of ballet companies?

· Have ballet boards, administrators, dancers, critics, audiences, or historians discriminated, intentionally or not, against women’s work as leaders in the ballet world?

· How have women choreographers, impresarios, and/or directors in the past succeeded in scaling power structures in the ballet world? What stories emerge from their efforts and achievements?

· Have there been important choreographies whose neglect may be attributed to the fact that a woman created them?

· Are different standards or criteria applied to the reception of ballets by women choreographers? Should different paradigms of analysis be applied?

· What role has mentorship and/or patronage or the lack thereof played in the development of women’s (or men’s) talents as leaders?

· How might the status of women in ballet be improved as we move forward in the twenty-first century?

All manuscripts will receive double-blind peer review. Submissions will be accepted at any time before March 15, 2011. Send manuscripts or inquiries to Joellen A. Meglin or Lynn Matluck Brooks at

Style and formatting guidelines are available as “Instructions for Authors” at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, Week 4: Chautauqua, Final Performance, Alumni Updates!

Hello from the danceSpace!

Lots going on as we are deep in day 2 of week 4 (the last!) of our Summer Dance Experience.

Last night, we loaded up a van full of residential summer students, current students, and alumni and drove 40 minutes east to the Chautauqua Institution to watch a performance and see Ms. Hunter receive her (giant!) Artist Teacher Award. It was a very special evening full of amazing student performances from both the dancers and the orchestra and being present to honor Ms. Hunter's career accomplishments.

Alas, today everyone got back into the studio bright and early at 8:30 a.m. to keep working hard and rehearsing for Friday's performance of repertoire learned while attending the SDE. Bruce Marks even got to rehearse his now completed work, "Fragments" during the lunch hour - everyone is definitely putting in their best effort to ensure the performance will be beautiful! Tonight, the other choreographers will have a chance to test their pieces in a studio run.

Also, for any alumni interested, we have received word about job opportunities abound. Please take a moment to check out the following information!

  • Idaho Dance Theatre (IDT) is currently looking for a male and female dancer for the 2010-11 season.
  • This is a paid position requiring 16 hours of rehearsal a week for a 30 week contract. Contract begins August 30th and goes through April 17.
  • IDT performs 12 Boise concerts in the fall, winter, and spring plus has a fall tour to Washington State. We also do an elementary school show throughout the season.
  • Our repertory is contemporary and diverse and presents the work of a variety of choreographers. We are looking for dancers who have excellent ballet and modern technique, are versatile, strong partners, and expressive performers.
  • A daily ballet class is offered prior to rehearsals and free physical therapy and chiropractic care is provided if needed. Salary is between $225 and $240 a week depending on quality and experience. If interested in auditioning contact Carl Rowe and Marla Hansen at Also go to our web site

  • Teaching position open (responsible for tap, ballet, jazz, pedagogy, and a winter performance) at St. Gregory's University. For more information, contact Fabrice P. Conte at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chautauquan Daily coverage

Hello all,

Because today is the day Ms. Hunter will be honored with a teaching award at the Chautauqua Institution, we would like to share the following link with you to download today's version of the Chautauquan Daily. It has a profile article on Ms. Hunter in addition to other dance-related information, as the Daily covers the program we will see tonight, performed by Festival dancers and Chautauqua company apprentices!

Please enjoy. It is a very special day in the danceSpace!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chautauqua Information

There have been questions as to whether or not the public will be able to be at Chautauqua when Ms. Hunter accepts her award on Monday night. The answer is a resounding YES!

Monday night's show (July 26) is actually a Community Appreciation Night at the Chautauqua Institution and tickets are half price at $18 each, which can be purchased at the Main Gate Welcome Center. The evening gate ticket lets a person onto the Chautauqua grounds between 4 p.m. and midnight and also acts as a ticket to the evening performance at the amphitheater. There is also a $7.25 per vehicle parking fee. The performance at which Ms. Hunter will be honored begins at 8:15 p.m. and many of our Summer Dance Experience students will be in attendance!

Please join us for this very special event!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ms. Hunter to be honored

Click on the link to navigate to a Mercyhurst College press release about Mercyhurst Dance Chair Tauna Hunter, who is to receive the Chautauqua Dance Artist Teacher's Award on July 26.

Congratulations Ms. Hunter!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 3, Day 2

Greetings from the danceSpace!

Tuesday is here yet again, following another Monday full of placement classes. The students auditioned for levels in ballet, pointe/dance conditioning, modern/improv, and jazz/hip hop along with their casts for repertoire rehearsals. All went smoothly and everyone was very tired at the end of the day!

We also were very excited to welcome special guest artist Bruce Marks, who is choreographing a new work called "Fragments" on a cast he selected from the Summer Dance Experience students. They had their first rehearsal yesterday from 7 to 9 p.m. and a couple of the dancers rehearsed over the lunch hour today. It looks to be a very beautiful piece to be added to what the SDE faculty has already put together over the past couple weeks! And will be a great addition to the Mercyhurst repertoire.

Thanks for checking in with us! Everyone is happy and healthy in the 'Space.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2nd week Friday!

Today is the last weekday for our summer students who are only staying for the Summer Dance Experience's first 2-week session. Hard to believe tomorrow is the midpoint of the entire month! Everything has been going well today, even as Mercyhurst is hosting one of its Freshman Orientations. The cafeteria was very crowded at lunch and the dancers did a great job adjusting to the number of people!

This afternoon, the students are showing the repertoire on which they have been working the past two weeks with Mr. Gleason, Carla, Teena, and Mark. We have had the danceSpace doors open all day and visitors are permitted to come in and watch at their leisure, which is very exciting for the dancers. We also spent the day acquiring photo and video documentation of the different classes, which will be coming to the blog very soon.

Tomorrow, the students will have their world dance first with Ms. Carla in salsa/Latin movement and a ballet class with Sarah Purvis. Then we will say goodbye to some dancers and those who are staying will enjoy a much needed, relaxing weekend on campus!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Same schedule going on today in the danceSpace! Lucky dancers had pizza for lunch and are now back for pointe/dance conditioning/men's class, jazz/hip hop, and a late afternoon of rehearsals.

In the office, everyone is preparing for the student turnover to occur this weekend in addition to Bruce Marks' arrival. Hosting an honored guest requires us to be on our toes! We will be sad to say goodbye to our modern/improv/dance conditioning/hip-hop guru Teena Custer, who has really done an excellent job keeping the students motivated and focused!

This weekend, the students will take their world dance and Saturday ballet class and are looking forward to trips to the mall and possible a Presque Isle return. Relaxation is crucial during downtime!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday, Week 2

Our students have been working hard again this hump day since 8:30 this morning! Both levels began their days with modern classes led by Carla Hughes and Teena Custer, then headed right into ballet with Lesley Scalise and Tauna Hunter. After a great lunch, the green level got the ZUMBA dance conditioning experience, while the blues "put on their boots" for pointe with Lesley.

Hip hop and jazz are coming up next, followed by a couple hours of rehearsal before dinner that will cover a variety of dance idioms, from chicken dancing to classical excerpts from Cinderella. The Summer Dance Experience students are tired but having a great time enjoying their time spent with each other and their instructors. Everyone is working hard and improvements are evident! We are also glad that it is even a bit cooler today than it has been the past week and a half - keeps the danceSpace air circulating and smelling less like stinky feet.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


You will now be able to follow the happenings of the Mercyhurst College Dance Department in the blog-o-sphere!

Right now we are in the midst of our Summer Dance Experience. It is Tuesday of week two and the students are hard at work preparing repertoire for a showing at the end of the four-week program. Mercyhurst faculty Mark Santillano and Michael Gleason and guests Teena Custer and Carla Hughes are preparing new and restaged material. Everyone looks great! At the end of the week, we will say goodbye to a few students who were here for the first, two-week session and say hello to those who will join us for the final two weeks. Bruce Marks will also join us as an honored guest, teaching ballet and pointe in addition to rehearsing some of the dancers!

We also have ongoing classes being held right now at the studio inside Mercyhurst's rec center. Join us this week for ballet classes from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. taught by Justin Hogan, Mercyhurst Dance alum and St. Louis Ballet company member! Students have the option to purchase a class card, which can be used for 10 ongoing classes throughout the summer.

That is all from the danceSpace for now. We have welcomed our guests and summer students into our family unit and everyone is working very hard!