Get Ready To Watch CCM’s Next Digital Concerts

Please join us this Friday and Saturday for the next two episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online, our new ongoing series of digital concerts and performances.

Tonight’s installment features the CCM Chamber Choir performing an eclectic program of nine musical selections dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The program will stream from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT.


Tomorrow night’s installment features the CCM Ballet Ensemble performing a mixed repertoire dance concert. The program will stream from 7:30-9 p.m. EDT.


Where To Watch

Each digital concert begins streaming at 7:30 p.m. EDT with a brief countdown clock sequence.

If the video does not start autoplaying on your viewing device, please refresh the web page and then click the play button on the video player. If you have any trouble with CCM’s streams, visit our website for additional viewing options.

Each performance will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after the premiere stream concludes.



Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

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Enjoy a digital performance by the CCM Ballet Ensemble on March 20

CCM Dance provides a “travelogue” of classical and contemporary works during this installment of CCM’s virtual performance series!

The fourth episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue is a 90-minute long virtual performance featuring the CCM Ballet Ensemble. “Travelogue is a mixed repertory performance featuring a vivid array of classical and contemporary ballet, modern and jazz works,” explains CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele, who directs the performance. “As we sat and planned our potential fall season during the unprecedented coronavirus shutdown in spring 2020, we kept returning to the idea that dance is community, it is catharsis, and it is vitally essential, thus Travelogue … where we as the artists could share through a visual medium places and experiences encountered by a ‘traveler.’ It can let us visit people, communities, myths, legends and monumental moments in our shared history allowing the audience to travel without moving.”

The program opens with Les Sylphides, with choreography by Mikhail Fokine restaged by CCM faculty member Deirdre Carberry. This popular one-act Romantic ballet is set to the music of Frédéric Chopin.

The concert features three premieres choreographed by CCM faculty members: Handel Concerto choreographed by Thomas BellThe Space Between choreographed by Shauna Steele and Death and the Maiden choreographed by Jiang Qi.

The performance concludes with August Bournonville’s iconic Napoli restaged by CCM faculty member Tricia Sundbeck. Subtitled “The Fisherman and His Bride,” this ballet depicts a love story in a small Italian fishing village and is celebrated for its solos. Steele explains: “In Napoli, we see through the eyes of August Bournonville, who visited a small Italian village in 1841, and was so enchanted that he created a composition that would forever capture that joyous, bright day and coincidentally created an enduring and touching ballet.”

A collaboration with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and ProductionTravelogue also features scenic designs by CCM student Karissa Hodge and lighting and projection designs by CCM student Ian MacIntosh.

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Travelogue features commentary from CCM students and faculty. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Travelogue was recorded live in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on Nov. 14, 2020. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.

Learn more about CCM’s upcoming video releases courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 20, 2021

Performance Details

Les Sylphides

Choreography
Mikhail Fokine

Restaged by
Deirdre Carberry

Music by Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne in A flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Valse in G flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
Mazurka in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67, No. 3
Valse in C sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Valse in E flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1

Soloists
Lauren Sokol, waltz
Hannah Adamczak, mazurka
Louie Novak, mazurka
Carly Herrmann, prelude

Corps de Ballet
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Rae Dougherty
Emily Glaccum
Meg Green
Lily Kozub
Jennifer Listerman
Grace Mitchell
Anna Lee Rohovec
Bethany Roup
Mandi Weitz
Claire Zakrajsek

Understudies
Rae Dougherty for Carly Herrmann
Anna Lee Rohovec for Lauren Sokol
Claire Zakrajsek for Hannah Adamczak

Les Sylphides has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Handel Concerto

Choreography
Thomas Bell

Music by George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5 in D Major:
Larghetto e staccato, Allegro, Largo, Menuet, Allegro

Dancers
Sarah Bartlett
Isabelle Cummings
Clementine Greely
Madeline Montgomery
Eva Moore
Megan Schroeder
Sofia Stitz
Madelin Talbot
Gracie Zamiska


The Space Between

Choreography
Shauna Steele

Music by Emeli Sandé
Read All About It, Pt. III
Hope
River

Dancers
Hannah Adamczak
Maia Blake
Carmen Doll
Sydney D’Orso
Meg Green
Amanda Kenner
Jennifer Listerman
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Lauren Sokol

Junichiro Tanizaki believed that to “Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say. Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm…” For me, that point where light and dark meet and form endless unique shadows is the trigger for the wonderous and endless possibilities in our world. Neither the light nor the dark are evil or good. It is the purpose we assign to them that will either “illuminate our paths or darken our way. [As Maya Angelou said] It is a matter of choice.”


Death and the Maiden

Choreography
Jiang Qi

Music by Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor

Dancers in Black
Elaina Didier
Ava Gyurcsik
Emma Phillips

Dancers in White
Hazel Alexander
Rebekah Docea
Rose Engel
Emerson Lecrone
Morgan Montour
Alyssa Pankey
Keenan Pennington
Ellen Pierce
Jillian Sadler
Sarah Santarsiero
Mira Sidhu

“Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may, swell.” – Henry Ward Beecher


Napoli

Choreography
August Bournonville

Restaged by
Tricia Sundbeck

Music by Niels W. Gade, Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli
Pas De Six

Dancers
Maia Blake
Amanda Kenner
Ying-Chi Lu
Anne McGovern
Gabby Savka
David Lopena
Garrett Steagall

Napoli has been abridged and adapted to honor the restrictions of social distancing and Covid-19.


Choreographers

August Bournonville (1805-1879)

Born in Copenhagen, August Bournonville was a dancer and choreographer who directed the Royal Danish Ballet for nearly 50 years and established the Danish style based on bravura dancing and expressive mime. He studied under his father, Antoine Bournonville, one of the major dancers of his day, before going to Paris for further training under Auguste Vestris and Pierre Gardel. After appearances at the Paris Opera and in London, Bournonville returned to Copenhagen as soloist and choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet. A strong dancer with excellent elevation and an accomplished mime, he emphasized these qualities in his ballets. His choreographic style also reflected the pre-Romantic approach of his teacher Vestris. Many of his ballets have remained in the repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet for more than a century. Bournonville also directed the Swedish Royal Opera at Stockholm (1861-64) and staged several of his works in Vienna (1855-56). In 1877, after his return to Denmark, he retired and was knighted. He died on November 30, 1879 in Copenhagen.


Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942)

Born in St Petersburg, Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine trained at the Imperial Ballet Academy before joining the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1904 he became a premier danseur and the following year he created his first choreographic work, Acis and Galatea, for a pupils’ performance, and The Dying Swan, which would become Anna Pavlova’s most famous role. Fokine was engaged by Diaghilev for his 1909 Paris season and created Le Pavillon d’ArmidePolovtsian DancesLes Sylphides, and Cleopâtre. He worked for some time for both the Imperial Theatre and for Diaghilev; he did not return to Russia after 1918. For Diaghilev his works include Le CarnavalSheherazadeFirebirdLe Spectre de la roseNarcissePetrushkaPapillons, and The Golden Cockerel. When he left Diaghilev’s company he worked as a freelance choreographer, creating new works and reviving his successes. He settled in the USA, where he worked with several dance companies, and in musical theatre and film. The Fokine American Ballet Company made its debut in 1924. Fokine, however, spent much of his time in Europe, and in 1936 was engaged as choreographer-in-chief by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where he created three successful ballets – L’Épreuve d’amourDon Juan (both 1936) and Les Éléments (1937). He died in 1942, having created more than sixty works.


Faculty choreographer bios can be found on the Dance Department’s webpage.

Performers and Creative Team

Performance Producer
Denton Yockey, TAPAA Division Head

Stage Management Advisor
Michele Kay

Technical Director Advisor
Stirling Shelton

Lighting Design Advisor
Sharon Huizinga

Sound Design Advisor
Matt Tibbs

Dance Department Faculty
Shauna Steele, chair
Deirdre Carberry
Jiang Qi
Michael Tevlin
John Thomas Bell
Isabele Elefson
Stephen Ferre
Jeri Gatch
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer
Kathleen Johannigman
Molly Perez
Tricia Sundbeck

Physical Therapists
Amber Boyd
Heidi Dunning
Heather Graden
Rose Smith

Dance Program Manager
Colleen Condit

Costume Coordinator
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer

Costumes
Courtesy of CCM Dance Department

Accompanists
Angelika Bonyhati-Kovacs
Brian Cashwell
Douglas Sutton
Yudong Wang

Technical Director
Jacob Bober

Assistant Technical Director
Jacob Blumberg

Performance Production Manager
Amanda Powell

Scenic Shop Foreman
Kyle Wichman

Scenic Designer
Karissa Hodge

Lighting Designer/Projection Designer
Ian MacIntosh

Screens Producer
Tayler Durantini

Master Electrician
Ethan Fleek

Board Operator
Dionte Mercado

Projection Associate
Rama van Gils

Sound GA Lead
Alex Brock

Stage Manager
Marley Giggey

Assistant Stage Managers
Rosie Burns-Pavlik
Hannah Lee
Haileigh Warren
Master Carpenter
Maya Eberhardt


Video Production
MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – John Massey
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators
John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Matt Green

Video Production Assistant
Paule Casale

Audio Engineer
Simón Sotelo

Senior Director of Performance Operations
Ray Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by
Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team
Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

Special thanks to Amber Boyd, Will Brenner, Dr. Kyuran Ann Choe, Dr. Jon Divine, Dr. Tonya Dixon, Dr. Michael Donaworth, Heidi Dunning, Heather Graden, Dale Pickett, Diana Queen of Diana’s Dancewear, and Rose Smith.


About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

For more information, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.


Featured image at top: the CCM Ballet Ensemble performs “Les Sylphides.” Photo/Dale Pickett

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CCM Announces Shelina Brown as New Assistant Professor of American Music

CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of musicologist Shelina Brown to the college’s roster of distinguished faculty members. Brown’s appointment as Assistant Professor of American Music begins on Aug. 15, 2020.

A portrait of new CCM faculty member Shelina Brown.Brown holds an MA and PhD from UCLA’s Department of Musicology. Her primary research project centers on experimental vocal practices and cultural resistance within underground music scenes. Brown’s dissertation project, “Yoko Ono’s Experimental Vocality as Matrixial Borderspace: Theorizing Yoko Ono’s Extended Vocal Technique and her Contributions to the Development of Underground and Popular Vocal Repertoires, 1968-Present,” focused on Yoko Ono’s extended vocal techniques of the late 1960s and early 1970s that came to influence a range of counter-hegemonic vocalists throughout the late 20th century.

Brown’s methodological approach draws upon contemporary feminist psychoanalytical theories, adapting these for the purpose of musical analysis of vocality and gendered subjectivization. In this vein, her theoretical approach to music studies aims to bring feminist psychoanalysis into dialogue with posthuman thought, queer studies and critical race theory.

A Canadian national raised in Kyoto, Japan, Brown also holds a Master’s in Comparative Literature specializing in modern Japanese literature. Prior to commencing studies in musicology, Shelina was employed as a sessional lecturer of modern Japanese literature at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Brown’s article “Scream from the Heart: Yoko Ono’s Rock ’n’ Roll Revolution” has been published in Sheila Whiteley’s compilation, Countercultures and Popular Music (Ashgate, 2014). She is currently preparing an article, Of Insects and Interstices: Yoko Ono’s Experimental Short Film, Fly (1970) and the Synaesthetic Un-Mapping of the Abstract Female Nude,” which will be forthcoming in 2021. Brown has presented papers at annual meetings including SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology), IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music), AAS (American Association for Asian Studies) and EMP (Experience Music Project).

A long-term participant in underground and independent music scenes, Brown has been active as a vocalist and instrumentalist in several new wave and garage rock bands over the past 10 years. She still maintains close ties to the Los Angeles underground, and looks forward to exploring music scenes across Ohio.

“I send my gratitude to our search committee comprised of Jonathan Kregor (chair), Stefan Fiol, Jeongwon Joe, Matthew Peattie and Shauna Steele for their work in finding CCM’s next great professor of American music,” said Romanstein. “We look forward to welcoming Shelina Brown this fall.”

About CCM

Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. The school’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time.

CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world stage.

CCM’s world-class facilities provide a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. In 2017, the college completed a $15-million renovation of its major performance spaces, ensuring that CCM’s facilities remain state-of-the-art.

The school’s roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu

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First Look: CCMONSTAGE The Art of Motion

CCM presents The Art of Motion Dec. 5-8, 2019. Photos by Dale Pickett/AirDale Photography.

CCMONSTAGE Dance’s production of The Art of Motion opens tonight, Dec. 5, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed by CCM Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the mixed-repertoire performance features new original works by CCM faculty and a classical ballet masterpiece. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.

Get your first look at the eclectic performance in the slideshow below.

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Act I features “Jardin Animé” from Le Corsaire restaged by Carberry with choreography by Marius Petipa. Next is Passengers, by CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele, which is inspired by Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the artwork of Gustav Klimt. CCM Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin’s Remembrance, set to music by Erik Satie, is presented in memory of pianist David Ralphs, who provided musical accompaniment for CCM Dance for more than 30 years.

Act II opens with Amanita Virosa, an urban Alice in Wonderland tea party choreographed by Steele. The Art of Motion closes with En Tournée, choreographed by CCM Professor of Dance Jiang Qi and set to music by Shostakovich.

Performances will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Location

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $29.50; student discounts, group rates and subscription packages also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Subscribe to CCM’s three-show CCMONSTAGE Dance Series subscription package for just $59.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu

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CCM Dance Celebrates The Art of Motion on Dec. 5-8

CCMONSTAGE Dance presents The Art of Motion, featuring original choreography by CCM faculty and classic works, on Dec. 5-8, 2019. Tickets on sale now.

CCM opens its new CCMONSTAGE Dance Series with The Art of Motion, which runs Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed by CCM Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry, the mixed-repertoire performance features original works by CCM faculty and a classical ballet masterpiece.

Act I features “Jardin Animé” from Le Corsaire with choreography by Marius Petipa. In this scene, Carberry restages the gathering of the harem in a lush garden to celebrate beauty amidst the flowers.

Next is Passengers, created by CCM Dance Department Chair Shauna Steele. Inspired by Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the artwork of Gustav Klimt, this piece explores the interconnectedness of humanity and the idea that, even when we feel alone, we are still part of a vast web of relationships.

CCM Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin’s Remembrance is presented in memory of pianist David Ralphs. Set to music by Erik Satie, the work celebrates Ralphs’ contributions to CCM’s Dance department, for which he provided musical accompaniment for more than 30 years.

Act II of the program opens with Amanita Virosa, an urban Alice in Wonderland tea party choreographed by Steele. The Art of Motion closes with En Tournée, choreographed by CCM Professor of Dance Jiang Qi and set to music by Shostakovich.

Performances of The Art of Motion will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Dance Series presents The Art of Motion on Dec. 5-8, 2019, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.  

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Location

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $29.50; student discounts, group rates and subscription packages also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Subscribe to CCM’s three-show CCMONSTAGE Dance Series subscription package for just $59.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Dance Department Supporter: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu

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Shauna Steele Is Named Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of Dance Department at CCM

CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the appointment of arts administrator, educator, performer and choreographer Shauna Steele to the college’s dance faculty. Steele’s appointment as Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department begins on Aug. 15, 2019.

An administrator and educator with nearly two decades of experience, Steele most recently taught at Michigan’s Hope College where she taught dance history and criticism, jazz, modern, improvisation, assisted the historic and social dance sections, and mentored Student Dance Showcase choreographers. From 2011-18 Steele served as the Dance Program Director and Associate Professor of Dance at Anderson University in Indiana.

“I am excited by ongoing education, both that which I teach and that which I learn from my students,” Steele says. “I find challenge and reward in teaching and am inspired by my students and the movement that grows from class sessions, both academic and technique.”

She is the founder and artistic director of Mocha Dance Project – which pursues projects engaging the fusion of photography, video, dance and collaboration – and was the Associate Director for RusticGroove Dance.

Arts administrator, educator, performer and choreographer Shauna Steele.

Arts administrator, educator, performer and choreographer Shauna Steele.

Her research interests include dance in world culture and context, Africanized movement in the Diaspora of Western culture (specifically Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean), the influences of Celtic traditions on art and movement, the function of art in restricted or repressed environments, and body movement logic. She was the artistic director of Parallel Differences youth dance and the Associate Instructor for the Indiana University African American Arts Institute’s dance company. Her choreography has appeared in Robert Hay-Smith’s Pollen: The Musical, RADfest, The Tank NYC, Midwest RADfest, the Arizona Positivity Project and the Ypsilanti Fringe Festival. She has taught master classes in Roots of Jazz Dance and served as dance faculty at Grand Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Anderson University and the University of Michigan’s MPulse summer dance institute. She has lead master classes and workshops in improvisational movement, African dance, modern dance, jazz, Afro-jazz and hip hop. Her professional credits include Windfall Dancers, African American Dance Company, Dancers Studio Inc., Sancocho: Musica and Dance Collage and Ann Arbor Dance Works. She has performed in Robin Wilson’s Slave Moth, in Alexandra Beller’s Reasons for Moving and in Gay Delanghe’s Motor Tango/Tangle.

Her past projects include Millstones in August 2010 and The Positivity Project in Tempe, Arizona in October 2010. Her current choreography projects include Disobedient Objects/Caged Bird Legacy (a site-specific work), Sacred Ground (an evening length concert in three parts), /ˈākər/ (which delves into compulsive behavior and the need to sort, measure and catalogue), Leyenda in Winter (a dance for camera work), Still Frame (a video dance project) and Passengers (a contemporary modern work).

A published dance scholar, Steele’s co-authored textbook Experiencing Dance: A Creative Approach to Dance Appreciation (2011) examines the ever-changing culture of dance and provides a basic historical context and appreciation of dance as an art form. Her research articles include Exploring Choreographic Responsibility through the ‘Cultural Lens’ (2013); Drawing Parallel Lines: Dance, Architecture, and Society (2009); and Drawing Parallel Lines in Dance, Architecture, and Society: African American Modern Dance, and Jewish Deconstructivist Architecture (2006), among others.

Steele received her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance with a focus area in History and Technology from the University of Michigan in 2006, and a BGS in Arts and Humanities with a focus area in Cultural Anthropology and Dance from Indiana University in 2002. She is a member of the American College Dance Association, World Dance Alliance and the National Dance Education Organization.

Dean Romanstein thanked search committee members Diane Lala (co-chair), Denton Yockey (co-chair), Rebecca Bromels, Qi Jiang and Regina Truhart for their work on finding CCM’s new Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department.

Please join us in welcoming Shauna Steele to the CCM family!

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