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ISU to host National Dance Association workshop Feb. 8-9

Posted January 3, 2008

Idaho State University will host the National Dance Association “Page to Stage Workshop, Making the National Dance Standards Work for You!” on Feb. 8 and 9.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Dance Association and the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, in collaboration with the Northwest District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Program highlights are:

• “A Russian Dancer’s Tale,” a keynote lecture presented by Russian ballet master Sergio;

• Yoga for dancers, soma yoga, Pilates with balls;

• Dance techniques: Cecchetti, contemporary, hip-hop, swing and jazz;

• Middle Eastern, tap, folk, and creative movement;

• Gyrokinesis; and

• Audition techniques and business strategies.

Guest artists include ISU faculty Lauralee Zimmerly, Molly Jorgensen, Rosa Vissers and Lori Head. This ensemble will share expertise in dance as art and as an important educational tool. They have performed internationally and co-direct the Idaho Moving Project (I-Move) dance company.

Zimmerly is working on her doctorate in educational leadership. Jorgensen is a filmmaker and certified Laban Movement Analyst. Vissers is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the University of Utah. These three faculty members are in the ISU theater and dance department.

Head, “Page to Stage Workshop” chair, serves on the faculty of the ISU Department of Sport Science and Physical Education. She was elected as the NDA President Elect.

Idaho Dance Educator of the Year, Hilarie Neely, of the Cecchetti Council of America, will teach a master class.

The keynote speaker, ballet master Sergio, will share experiences from his career in Russia and the United States.

A trip to nearby Lava Hot Springs is on the conference itinerary.

Conference fees vary; from $20 for an observer of a participant, to $75 for a professional non-member of AAHPERD or its state affiliate IDAHPERD. Continuing education credits are available.

For information on the conference and its fees, visit www.aahperd.org/nda and click on the “National Workshop in Idaho” link. Online registration is available at this link.

For additional information, contact Head at (208) 282-2716.