Preparing for “Changing Steps”
Dyan Crossman (left) explains a technique to several students.
Crossman leads the class in a series of choreographic exercises.
A student participates in Crossman's master class.
The full class practices a movement.
In late January and early February, dance students welcomed a variety of guest artists in preparation for the winter dance performance, “Changing Steps.”
The first guest to arrive was Diana White, who was in residency from Jan. 15-19. White, a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, staged a work of George Balanchine and taught classes in classical ballet technique.
After White departed, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, formerly of the American Ballet Theatre, arrived for a four-day residence. From Jan. 22-26, the duo staged a work of Anthony Tudor for the winter performance.
The final repetiteur, Dylan Crossman, arrived on Feb. 12 to begin a three-week residency. While on campus, Crossman, a former dancer with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, taught modern classes and staged one of Cunningham’s works.
The winter dance performance, “Changing Steps,” will be performed March 2-3.