March 6, 2013
KALAMAZOO—Both dances submitted by the Western Michigan University Department of Dance were selected by three professional adjudicators for performance at the Gala Concert at the regional American College Dance Festival held this year at Oakland University Feb. 20-23.
Twenty-eight schools had work adjudicated by blind peer review; the adjudicators knew only the title of the dance, the premiere date and the title of the music. Eleven dances were selected for the program from eight different schools from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The third movement of "Viva Vivaldi," choreographed by Gerald Arpino for the Joffrey Ballet in 1965, and "Ardently Involved," a duet choreographed and performed by WMU senior dance majors Karina Conley of Bay City, Mich., and Jesse Hoisington, of Commerce Township, Mich., were featured on the Gala Concert program on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, to close the festival. Professor Sharon Garber served as rehearsal director for "Viva Vivaldi," and Assistant Professor Megan Slayter served as technical coordinator and lighting designer for both dances.
Adjudicators called "Viva Vivaldi" "a gem, such a treat. You see those legs, those backs, wonderful technique and really sensitively performed."
They also noted the strong ballet and pointe technique shown by the five dancers. For "Ardently Involved," an adjudicator commented, “This set me up and then I loved that it went somewhere else. I was surprised and I’m not often surprised! This was very satisfying. It had humor, was sexy, intense; they were dancing in unison but not together—well done!”
"Viva Vivaldi" was the only ballet selected for the performance and "Ardently Involved" was one of only two works choreographed by undergraduate students selected for the Gala Concert.
Additional information on the American College Dance Festival Association, which is in its 40th year, is available at acdfa.org.