DEPARTMENT OF DANCE: Janelle Barry (’10) attended the Mark Morris Dance Group Summer Intensive in Brooklyn, and is currently rehearsing with choreographer Gina Graham for an upcoming show at the Judson Church Theatre in New York in late November. She also assisted David Leventhal (former MMDG member) in Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes in September.
The students performing in the Department of Theatre’s The Servant of Two Masters this November will have the unique opportunity to work with two coaches with unique, specialized training. Doug Oliphant, the production’s Fight Choreographer, is a theatre director and actor based in Los Angeles. As a director, Doug has assistant directed
Dance major Chloe Albin ’15 from Seattle couldn’t resist playing the ham next to a dancing manikin decked out in a stretch zebra suit and dramatic black-and-white theatrical makeup. Albin mimicked the manikin’s arching, cat-like pose and burst into laughter. Friends joined her and they all did it again. Then they laughed some more.
As the demands on dancers’ bodies increase with new choreographic and technical challenges, it becomes increasingly important that dancers are trained correctly and receive medical care with an understanding of what a human body can do. A dancer complaining of back pain has different issues than a businessman or a truck driver because