Redstorm Posted January 11, 2006 Report Share Posted January 11, 2006 Media Contacts: Selby Schwartz Alonzo King's LINES Ballet 415-863-3040, ext 224, email@example.com Sarah Gardner Dominican University of California 415-485-3239, firstname.lastname@example.org For release: Monday, January 16, 2005 DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, ALONZO KING’S LINES BALLET TO OFFER NEW BFA IN DANCE Dominican University of California and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School will on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) announce their new partnership in a unique joint educational program: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance. The BFA in Dance will combine Dominican’s comprehensive liberal arts education with the technically rigorous and artistically expansive dance training of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School. The four-year program will make its debut in fall 2006, with classes held in San Rafael and in downtown San Francisco. Members of the press are invited to a reception and short performance by the LBS ensemble celebrating the new partnership. The reception will be held January 16 at 2 p.m. at the San Francisco Dance Center, Studio 1, Fifth Floor, 26 Seventh Street, San Francisco. Please RSVP to 415-863-3040, ext. 281. The new BFA program will allow dancers to combine their plans for a professional dance career with the collegiate experience. The LINES / Dominican BFA program is only the second such degree in dance program anywhere in the country, and the only such program on the west coast. (The only other BFA in Dance to be affiliated with a major company, comparable in stature to LINES Ballet, is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center/Fordham University program in New York City). “Students in the LINES/Dominican University program will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a professional career in today’s dance world, while also gaining the life-long benefits of a liberal arts education”, said Harlan Stelmach, chair of Dominican University of California’s Department of Humanities. “The BFA in Dance reflects a need expressed by dance students from across the country for a program with a strong emphasis on ballet technique and artistry with a contemporary approach,” Dr. Stelmach explained. The LINES/Dominican BFA in Dance program will offer a curriculum that combines intensive ballet training with improvisation and composition studies. The program offers the knowledge and insight of intensive study in an artistic discipline, which can enrich and inform one’s life in profound ways, regardless of career path. “In LINES’ training philosophy, each individual’s interior facility is tapped, cajoled, nourished and brought forth. By focusing on individual character, we are offering a key to knowledge and awareness that will be utilized whether or not the student chooses to pursue a performing career in dance,” said Alonzo King. Marina Hotchkiss, BFA program director, added: “In the professional dance world, companies are increasingly demanding that dancers possess a wide range of skills and knowledge beyond ballet technique. Today’s ballet dancers are being asked to improvise, to generate dance material and participate in the creative processes of dance making to a greater degree than ever before.” The curriculum includes ballet, modern dance, ethnic dance, Gyrotonic ®/Gyrokinesis ®, dance history, improvisation, composition, acting, percussion, expository writing, speech and rhetoric, math, anatomy/kinesiology, social sciences, ethics, and a cultural heritage colloquium. The culmination of the creative work of the program will be a Senior Project. Building on the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program, students will develop and complete a work of choreography to be presented to the community. Dance and choreography courses will be held at the LINES Ballet’s San Francisco Dance Center (SFDC), the largest dance facility on the West Coast. General education and theory courses will be held at Dominican University. “Students will receive the best the Bay Area has to offer: the graceful old buildings and shady tree-lined paths of Dominican University, nestled in the hills of San Rafael, and, just 11 miles south, the dynamic urban setting of LINES Ballet, in San Francisco’s Civic Center,” said Hotchkiss. Dominican University of California enrolls more than 1,900 men and women in more than 30 graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions. Since awarding its first bachelor’s degree in 1917, the University has built its reputation on the quality of its faculty and on excellence in teaching. Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet was founded in 1982 for the creation and presentation of original ballet in partnership with exceptional contemporary musicians and artists. LINES Ballet has received national and international acclaim for the extraordinary skill of its dancers and for the tangible grace of Alonzo King’s choreography. An international touring company, LINES performs in Europe and America and will expand to Mexico, South America and Asia in the next two years. A five time Isadora Duncan Award recipient, Alonzo King was honored with the prestigious 2005 Bessie Award for Choreography, and Drew Jacoby, a company dancer in her fourth season, became the third LINES Ballet dancer to receive the Princess Grace Award. In 2007, the Company will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with an expanded season in San Francisco, a tour of Asia and gala events throughout the year. LINES Ballet School was founded four years ago and has grown to be one of the most highly regarded dance instructional institutions in America, with a stellar faculty of internationally renowned professionals, including Alonzo King at its helm. Quote Link to comment
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