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Dance Majors’ New Virtual Reality

At the U, dance majors have had to adapt to online learning. (Courtesy Dissolve)

By Gabrielle Klinge, Arts Writer

April 10, 2020

  As the magnolia trees blossom and the birds chirp their friendly greetings, the world seems to be coming back to life. A cool breeze containing the hopeful tint of summer passes through campus. Yet, there is seemingly no one there to feel it. Instead, everyone is back in the “comfort” of...

AXIS Finds Freedom in Limitations

AXIS 2019 (courtesy of AXIS Dance Company)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

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, Arts Writer

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

Courtesy of Maggie Wright Tesch

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

(Courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet)

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

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”

Principal Artists Beckanne Sisk and Chase O'Connell. (Photo by Beau Pears | Courtesy of Ballet West)

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

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

ACDA March 13-16 - Courtesy of Brent Schneider

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

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

A Utah Ballet Rehersal in the Marriot Dance Building. January 25, 2017. 
(Photo by Adam Fondren | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Alison Myers, Arts Writer

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

Photo by Dat Nguyen | MotionVivid

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

Juliet Doherty and Myles Woolstenhulme in

By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

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...

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