The Daily Utah Chronicle

AXIS Finds Freedom in Limitations

AXIS Finds Freedom in Limitations

By Abigail Raasch

November 13, 2019

  Stage lights dimly glow on three dancers. The music begins and the art commences — bodies twirl, lift, slide and defy the laws of physics — all with four moving legs, five arms and three dancing souls. This was the beginning of an evening’s performance by AXIS Dance Company at Kingsb...

Artist of the Week: Jessica Liu

Artist of the Week: Jessica Liu

By Hannah Keating

October 15, 2019

  Jessica Liu didn’t always know she was going to be a dancer. Naturally, it fell in the procession of fantastic dream jobs she had as a child — ballerina simply had, as she described, “its fair moment in the limelight.” She just knew when she started dance lessons at the age of five in h...

Utah Ballet Summer Intensive Offers Dynamic Training

Utah Ballet Summer Intensive Offers Dynamic Training

By Sofia Sant'Anna-Skites

June 21, 2019

  The Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (UBSI) is currently in session and thriving. With new additions to the program, such as an alternative track for modern dancers, the intensive is a dynamic one, but it still maintains its core values and prestige. This year, over 106 students are participating ...

Putting Their Best Foot Forward: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Putting Their Best Foot Forward: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

By Abigail Raasch

April 22, 2019

  Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company “blends methods, styles and cultures from across the globe, and the result is a continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world —  and all its cultures — as an interrelated whole” according to Gibney Dance. UtahPresents, ...

You’re Not Too Unsophisticated for Ballet West’s Production of “Onegin”

You’re Not Too Unsophisticated for Ballet West’s Production of “Onegin”

By Alison Myers

April 8, 2019

  For those of you who have challenged your friend to a duel, married a prince or at the very least experienced unrequited love, “Onegin” is the show for you. Ballet West presents this celebrated ballet at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake. The theater, designed to encapsulate the...

Dancers Will Take Over the U at the Upcoming ACDA Conference

Dancers Will Take Over the U at the Upcoming ACDA Conference

By Abigail Raasch

March 6, 2019

  Spring break is upon us. What does this mean? As most students will depart from the University of Utah, leaving it barren and lifeless, 530 collegiate dancers and their adjoining faculty will be taking over campus. The American College Dance Association (ACDA), founded in 1973, will be hosting their Northwest ...

Spirituality in the U Dance Department

Spirituality in the U Dance Department

By Alison Myers

March 4, 2019

  “I am not a naturally gifted dancer,” Alyssa Bertelsen, a graduate from the University of Utah ballet program, said. “I don’t have the physique, and my teachers growing up were very sweet. They were like, ‘Alyssa, we love that you love ballet, but like, you’re never going to be...

‘Xx’ Modern Senior Concerts: The Neapolitan Ice Cream of Dance

‘Xx’ Modern Senior Concerts: The Neapolitan Ice Cream of Dance

By Sofia Sant'Anna-Skites

March 3, 2019

  What is modern dance? “Xx,” a two-part performance series, answered this question: it is whatever a choreographer desires and produces. Over the course of the academic year, the University of Utah modern dance undergraduate seniors have been taking concepts and dreams from their everyday ...

‘An American in Paris’ Soars at Hale Centre Theatre

‘An American in Paris’ Soars at Hale Centre Theatre

By Josh Petersen

February 28, 2019

  In most musicals, the emotionally charged moments coincide with equally bravura vocal performances. In “An American in Paris,” now playing at Hale Centre Theatre, the dramatic climax contains no words at all. Two dancers, blending seamlessly with a larger ensemble, perform a ballet to George...

‘La Fille Mal Gardée:’ Ballet’s Original Rom-Com

‘La Fille Mal Gardée:’ Ballet’s Original Rom-Com

By Abigail Raasch

February 10, 2019

  With the mixture of classical romantic-era ballet and a charming romantic comedy, "La Fille Mal Gardée" truly was a delightful evening at the ballet. The University of Utah ballet program brought in Bruce Marks and Samantha Dunster to present this brilliantly comedic ballet as the first f...

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