Ballet Arkansas brings collaboration, adds to UA-PTC Fine Arts curriculum
The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College is pleased to announce a new collaboration between the School of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Ballet Arkansas, the state’s premiere dance organization.
Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, Michael Fothergill, executive and artistic director of Ballet Arkansas, will teach a newly-created three hour dance class entitled, Let’s Get Moving: A Stimulating Introduction to the Fundamentals and History of Dance Performance and Dance Making that will take place in the Performance Studio dance facility within The Center for Humanities and Arts. The class will expose students to the history of the art of dance while introducing basic principles of dance movement and choreography. Current events that impact the state of dance throughout the world will be discussed.
“Dance as an art form changes lives and teaches students to embrace and empower their own creativity,” said Fothergill. “Exposure to a structured hybrid dance class is invaluable for students at UA-Pulaski Tech. Through the exploration of multiple facets of this art form, students will fully understand the cultural importance of the arts within our society, the historical evolution of dance, and the application of its principles in our daily lives.”
In addition, Erin Anson Ellis, General Manager of Ballet Arkansas, will assist in teaching the existing Stagecraft/Lighting Technology class. Ms. Ellis will also serve as Production Consultant for the Theater Department’s productions. Ballet Arkansas will also provide teaching staff during the College’s summer CHARTS Academy for teenagers and plans to develop fall and spring internships for UA-PTC students in areas such as technical theater, business, marketing, or otherwise.
“Ballet Arkansas is looking forward to collaborating with UA-PTC for our 40th Anniversary season, during which we will present three of our four main stage performances at the CHARTS theater,” said Ellis. “With my background being in Theater Arts, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the UA-PTC stagecraft students, train them to run the theater department's productions, and supply them with the tools they need to utilize the fantastic CHARTS theater space to its full potential. The new CHARTS facility is perfect for presenting dance performances, and the staff are so accommodating, that it feels just like a second home.”
Ballet Arkansas began staging performances at UA –Pulaski Tech in 2017. The company has five performances scheduled for the 2018-19 season beginning with the visually stunning world premiere of Dracula October 19-21. The season continues with two main stage performances and two Children’s Series presentations:
- Fire & Rain - February 14-17, 2019
- Mary Poppins – February 17, 2019
- Forte – May 3-5, 2019
- The Ugly Duckling – May 5, 2019
For more information or to buy tickets, inquire here: https://www.uaptc.edu/ballet.
“UA-PTC has on its main campus one of the finest performance venues in the State of Arkansas, and we’re thrilled that our students will be able to learn from such esteemed members of the arts community,” said Dr. Christy Oberste, dean of the UA-PTC School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
ACANSA Avant Garde Honoree and winner of the Bylites Employee of the Year Award in 2016
The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) is on the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Main Campus in North Little Rock. Opened in 2016, the 90,000 square-foot facility houses a 452-seat proscenium theater for concerts, theater performances, recitals and other events. In addition, CHARTS houses the Windgate Gallery for art exhibits. The CHARTS lobby and the adjacent Performance Studio are popular rental spaces for receptions and events. www.uaptc.edu/charts. For more information, contact Shannon Boshears, UA-PTC vice chancellor of advancement, at (501) 812-2221 or [email protected].
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