New Improved “Tea”

This year’s Nutcracker includes new choreography from Estelle Zhu PA’20 for the Tea variation in Act II.  Estelle, who is highly trained in traditional Chinese Dance, worked with dancers Claire Song and Candy, while Samantha Lee used her expertise in rhythmic gymnastics to improve upon our ribbon choreography!  Here is a preview of the work in the studio.  

Inspired

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I can only imagine that when I am looking back as my time as chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance – our recent production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf will stand out as a high water mark.  This was an outstanding collaboration from directors Allen Grimm and Linda Carter-Griffith, set designer Jake Josef with lights and costumes by Billy Murray.  I have never seen an ensemble cast more committed to a project. The student actors and technicians made this script come alive in such an impactful way. I look at this photo of the cast with such admiration. To mark the passing of the playwright, attached is an article of “seven flames” kindled – I am pretty sure there are many, many more flames out there ignited by Ntozake Shange work.