The University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) will host the 2018 MAD DASH DANCE FESTIVAL at The Clarice Performing Arts Center. Experience immersive dance theater, hip hop, performance coaching, creative process, partnering, repertory, choreography feedback, projection collaboration & dance-your-heart-out classes. Featuring guest artist presentations, professional development, artist Q&A, pizza and more!
This event will feature extraordinary guest artists: SHAKIA JOHNSON, RAJA FEATHER KELLY, CHRISTOPHER K. MORGAN, EDWARD RICE, ALEX SPRINGER + XAN BURLEY
See the list of master classes below. TDPS students can sign up for classes in The Clarice Smith Performating Arts Center. Sign up sheets are in two locations: outside of the TDPS offices and near Studio Two (1912). The public can register by clicking the registration button.
For more information, email Adriane Fang at email@example.com.
Shakia Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip hop, modern, and African works that have been performed at universities and arts centers throughout the country. She has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from Total and Omarion, as well as choreographed a hip hop number for the Celtics/NBA half-time show. She currently serves on the dance faculty at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges, and in the summer at the Bates Dance Festival.
Raja Feather Kelly is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of his company’s work to Andy Warhol and the development of popular culture over the last thirty years. His work uses dance and theatre to connect pop-culture and humanity. He has formerly been a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Zoe /Juniper, and Colleen Thomas and Dancers. A 2017 Princess Grace Awardee in Choreography, he received the 2017 Solange McArthur Award for New Choreography and a 2017 Bessie Schoenberg Fellowship at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard.
Christopher K. Morgan is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, DC, the Artistic & Executive Director of his contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A), and the Director of the Dance Omi, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York. Said to be “direct, transcendent and entrancing” by the Washington Post, his choreography has been represented in 18 countries on five continents. Christopher teaches regularly at Dance Place and is an artist-in-residence at numerous universities and colleges throughout the US.
Edward Rice has been performing professionally since 2007 with the Brian Brooks Moving Company, Elephant Jane Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More/NYC, among others. Starting in 2012 he began working extensively with Third Rail Projects on a number of pieces including Then She Fell as a performer, and he is the company’s business manager. He has taught dance and performance both nationally and internationally and teaches in NYC at Gibney Dance as well as offering workshops through Third Rail Projects.
Alex Springer + Xan Burley are performers, choreographers, teachers, and arts administrators based in Brooklyn, NY and College Park, MD. Since 2008, their collaborative choreography has been presented at numerous venues: Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and DanceNOW Joe’s Pub Festival. They have created work for many university dance departments and professional companies, most recently with Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis, MN. Burley and Springer were members of Doug Varone and Dancers until 2017 and have performed extensively with other artists in NYC and elsewhere. www.themedianmovement.com