Weekly Announcements – April 6 to April 12


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This Week: A message from John, Welcome New Faculty, Guest Speaker in Choreo 4, Launch Pad 2014 Flyer, and Kudos & Shout-Outs.



Hi all – we are moving into the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater for the next four weeks. If you still have not picked up your tickets from the dance office please do so this week. Tech for the senior concert starts Monday, so strap in and hold on…



We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Chien-Ying Wang as a new full-time faculty member of the Dance Department.

Chien-Ying Wang Headshot 2014

Professor Chien-Ying Wang hails from Taiwan and received her MFA degree in Dance from The Ohio State University, BFA degree from Northern Illinois University, and AA degree from National Taiwan Academy of Arts. She was a soloist with Repertory Dance Theatre in Utah from 2002-2007. Before coming to the United States, she has danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Joy Dance Company. Professor Wang was awarded the University Fellowship at OSU and in 2006, she was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from Salt Lake City Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges – an evening dance concert. In 2013, Professor Wang was nominated as an outstanding alumna of National Taiwan University of Arts for her significant contribution in dance. She is a certified Labanotation teacher and has taught both ballet and modern dance at OSU, American College Dance Festival and NTUA. Most recently, she was a faculty member at Southern Utah University, where she taught Modern Dance, Classical Ballet, Dance Repertory, Interactive Composition – Dance & Technology, Sound for Dance and Dance Ensemble. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several ballets (Paquita, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty), plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Shapiro & Smith, Tandy Beal, Stephen Koester, Lucas Hoving, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Victoria Uris, John Giffin, and many more.  Her choreographic works has been presented in RDT, NTUA, Dance New Amsterdam and Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in New York City, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SUU and other performance venues. In May 2010, she received funding from National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan and SUU Provost’s Faculty Development Grant to present Equanimity in National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan. Professor Wang’s current research deals with the interfacing of live performance and video dance.



Estelle Woodward  will join Choreography 4 on Monday April 7th to talk about transition to the professional world.  Estelle runs the College Partnership Program and has many years experience in Dance Administration.


Estelle Woodward Arnal served on the staff in the Artist Services department at Dance Theater Workshop from 2001 to 2010. In addition to her role in the dance community as an arts administrator, Estelle maintains an active career as a choreographer and performer. She has performed with Clyde Forth Visual Theater, Trajal Harrell, Mark Dendy Dance and Theater, Joyce Lim, Maureen Flemming and The Ensemble Project directed by Katherine Ferrier. Estelle received her BFA in Dance from CalArts in 1996. In 2000 she completed her MFA in choreography and performance at Bennington College where she met her co-collaborator, Jeff Arnal. Most recently, their work has been presented at The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, NY, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, Roulette at Location One, and the Vision Collaborations Festival. Estelle and Jeff are co-founders and Artistic Directors of Improvised and Otherwise, an annual festival for experimental music and dance. Estelle currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with Jeff and their son, Thomas Casey Arnal.  Estelle is currently the General Manager of Big Dance Theater and working with Jennifer Monson’s organization, iLand.






Congratulations to the New BFA+EdM Cohort

Congratulations to the following BFA students who have been accepted by the Graduate School of Education for the five-year BFA Dance and EdM Dance Education degree program:

Nicolette Alberti
MaryAlice Crelin
Brittany Cohen
Jada Cunningham
Anthony Fania
Shannon Johnston
Susan McNulty
Hanna Sego
Raena Smith
Rebecca Visintainer

A special congratulations to BFA alumn Robert Foerster who has also been accepted to the post-baccalaureate track of the EdM program. Seniors interested in admissions to the program after completing the BFA degree or freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in the five-year track should drop by to visit Carol Larkin, Graduate Administrative Assistant in the dance office suite in Mortensen Hall or set up an appointment with Barbara Bashaw.

BFA students already declared as tracking should set up fall advisement appointments with Barbara Bashaw.

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