From glass-blowing to weaving to hip-hop dance, the arts took center stage during the inaugural Arts Crawl, from Thursday March 31, to Saturday, April 2.
The UW–Madison Dance Department on Feb. 25 presented a live performance of Moonshine, a mix of music, theater, dance and poetry.
Join dance Professor Chris Walker (recently appointed director of the Division of the Arts) on a video tour of this campus asset — home of the acclaimed UW–Madison Dance Department.
The Chinese Undergraduate Student Association held a Show Me Your Dance event at the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall on Feb. 22. Student performers and audiences from different cultural backgrounds all joined in, creating intercultural communication through art.
A UW physical therapy lecturer leads a class in “ballroom balance” for older adults worried about staying upright. They’re overcoming their fear of falling — and having fun in the process. Says one student who volunteers with the class: “What good is all this learning if we’re not actually going to apply it to the people in our community?”
The photographs, visual art and films bear witness to the influence of Margaret H’Doubler, who made dance a rigorous academic discipline and the body the route to scientific inquiry, self-discovery, creativity and citizenship.
"We hope with this addition to the faculty we will craft deep, integrative, and long lasting changes in the way in which diversity is conceived and implemented in our curriculum," said department chair Kate Corby. "Duane's versatility as a teacher and artist, along with his warm and professional engagement with students, will be a great benefit."
For the first time ever, UW–Madison dance students performed original choreography alongside the UW Marching Band during halftime of a Badger football game.
The Summer Institute on Mental Disorders and the Older Adult will offer new strategies for social workers, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists and physicians.
Dancers took to stilts for a Brooklyn Jumbies workshop in Lathrop Hall on Saturday, Feb. 28. Participants worked with the dance performance group, which teaches cultural elements of the African diaspora like stilt walking, and Chris Walker, a UW–Madison associate professor of dance, to learn new dance moves in preparation for “Strut!” — a university dance event scheduled for May 2. The workshop was hosted by the UW–Madison Arts Institute as part of Laura Anderson Barbata’s spring interdisciplinary arts residency.
Costumed faculty, staff and students from the UW–Madison Dance Department parade across Bascom Hill on Hallowen Friday, Oct. 31. The event was held in honor of two of the department's newly tenured professors, Kate Corby and Chris Walker.
Graduate school research can get long and tricky and complex beyond the easy understanding even of your fellow grad students. Unless it has a beat, that is, and you can dance to it.