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Dance Modern Lab Master Class Series: Joy McEwen

  1. Friday December 7 12:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater

Since 2013, Joy McEwen has been Director of Auxiliaries and Golduster Dance Team with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band. In this capacity, she is the director of the Golduster Dance Team and oversees the Golden Girl, Girl-In-Black, Silver Twins, the “All-American” Twirling Team and the Golden Silks Color Guard. She began her professional career in New York City at the Erick Hawkins School of Dance. Shortly after, she was invited to join the Hawkins Company, becoming the last member personally selected by Erick Hawkins before his death. Hawkins, a modern dance pioneer, was known as the “poet of modern dance” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. During her years with the company, she was able to tour venues such as the American Dance Festival in North Carolina and the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, in addition to an annual season in New York City at the Joyce Theater.

Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.

This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

Free - no tickets required