95 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Saturday Switch Series offers instruction in workshop-based setting from a rotating roster of guest artists.
Cost: $15 per class
Bill Evans, Evans Laban/Bartenieff Based Dance Technique
(Director, The Bill Evans Dance Company)
Bill Evans is the creator of a dance technique based on Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies that has been studied by thousands of dancers over the past several decades. He is professor emeritus at the College at Brockport, State University of New York and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico. The Bill Evans Dance Company was founded in 1975. It has appeared in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada, and in 24 other countries. Evans has served on the faculties and BEDCO has performed at the American Dance Festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival and many international dance festivals in Latin America, Europe and Australia. Evans danced, choreographed and served as artistic coordinator with Repertory Dance Theatre, 1967 – 74, and recently created a new work for RDT’s 50th anniversary. He was formerly artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and has served as a permanent guest artist at WCD School since 1993. He was awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship for 2016. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization, American Dance Guild and Dance Teacher Magazine and an honorary doctorate from the Cornish College of the Arts. He received the second Outstanding Service Award ever bestowed by the National High School Dance Festival and was the third recipient of the Honorary Member Award by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. He was named National Dance Association Scholar Artist in 1997. He has served on the boards of NDA, NDEO and American College Dance Association. He was named one of three favorite world tap dancers in the Dance Magazine Readers’ Poll. His book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, is available through his website: www.billevansdance.org
Description of class:
Evans will share a master class in the Evans Laban/Bartenieff Based Dance Technique. The class will be appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers and will investigate movement efficiency and expressivity through set choreography and guided improvisation.
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