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TWU Dance alumna awarded 2017 Bessie for outstanding performance

TWU Dance alumna Kayla Hamilton (B.A., 2006) is a co-recipient of this year's coveted Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance. Hamilton is a member of the winning ensemble, the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds. The award recognizes "a history-in-the-making performance that dismantled improvisational dance norms to create a robust, disruptive, and dynamic world. For a cast of individuals who used a full range of movement styles to take the audience from Dakar to Kingston, the Bronx to Bushwick, in a fluid dance of connection."

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TWU Dance alumna receives AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

Candice Salyers dancing in red dress

Candice Salyers (Ph.D. ‘14), an alumna of the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance, has received a Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The goal of the $30,000 fellowship is to help women obtain tenure and further promotions by providing a year to focus on independent research.

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Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate nominated for national Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award

Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Lela Aisha Jones was named as one of four nominees for this year’s prestigious Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award. The winner will be announced at the 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards cocktail party and press conference Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in New York City.

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Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance.
Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance. Photo by Visionstyler Press.

TWU dance student selected for 2017 International Young Choreographer Project

Photo of Yeajean Choi dancing and sprinkling sand.

Yeajean Choi, a master of fine arts student in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, is one of eight choreographers and the only U.S. student to be chosen for the World Dance Alliance's prestigious 2017 International Young Choreographer Project. Choi will travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan this July to participate in the project’s three-week residency program.

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The arts come ‘full circle’ at TWU ArtsWalk March 30

Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance.

The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty, staff and a special guest artist for ArtsWalk: Revolutions. Event participants will explore new perspectives in adaptive spaces by taking a walk around Pioneer Circle on TWU’s Denton campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

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TWU Alumna Turns Dancing Dream into Studio Ownership Reality

“Training bodies intelligently,” sums up the teaching philosophy of Carissa Laitinan-Kniss (BFA '03), co-owner of Twisted Bodies, a Pilates and yoga studio in Denton. 

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Department Highlights

Student dressed in purple dancing

September 2016

TWU Dance will host a Beijing Normal University Student Dance Company performance on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the DGL Building at the Department of Dance Studio Theater on the corner of N. Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. The performance is free and suitable for the entire family.

The Beijing Normal University Student Dance Company is acknowledged as one of ten key universities in China, with an enrollment of 70% female students. These talented students will showcase some of the most important cultural heritage moments in Chinese history through dance and music. The performance will not only include a wide range Chinese folkdances and musical styles from such provinces as Yunnan, Xinjiang and Shandong, but artistic themes will be brought to life through calligraphy, Chinese kung fu, and historical costuming. This is not only a chance to view an exciting and engaging evening of Chinese culture; it is also a wonderful opportunity for Chinese and American faculty, students and audience members to interact and share their cultural worlds through the arts.

Student wearing purple costume in seated pose with arms outstretched
Photos by Jesse Scroggins.

March 2016

Third year MFA candidate Lauren Miller's culminating project Post-It Note Monologues and first year MFA candidate Hyun "Jenna" Chang's dance Take Five were selected for adjudication at the South Central Region of ACDA in March 2016 at West Texas A&M, in Canyon, TX. Second year MFA candidate Azaria Hogan's piece More Than Time Stolen was selected to represent TWU Dance in the Informal Concert at ACDA. The casts, comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students, will attend master classes in addition to performing at the festival.

Doctoral Cohort News

We are proud to announce the new 2016 doctoral cohortThis year, we welcome accomplished scholars and professionals from around the globe and look forward to the innovative research contributions these five Ph.D. candidates will bring to the field of dance.

For up-to-date news on our concerts and guest artists, please visit our Events and Performances page.

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