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An interview with Matthew Robinson, Outstanding Senior in Dance
The CVPA has Spring Fever and a competitive spirit. Radford University is publicly launching a new fundraising initiative April 17. For one week only, April 17 – 21, each college on campus plus Radford University Athletics will raise money for a project of its choice utilizing a new online crowdfunding platform. Each college and Athletics are competing to see which project can reach its goal first.
Department of Dance assistant professor Amy VanKirk, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will premiere a new dance work, “Remember the Future,” inspired by the storied history and major accomplishments of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Join the Radford University Performance Series as they host the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of the classic Tchaikovsky-composed “Swan Lake.” This dance performance is at 7:30 p.m., March 20, 2017.
Radford University Department of Dance is presenting “World Dance: A Cultural Collaboration,” an infusion of culturally intriguing folk dances Nov. 29, 2016, in Albig Studio Theatre, B112, Peters Hall on the Radford University campus. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the general public. The cultural dances that are being performed are from the Dominican Republic, Germany, the Pacific Islands, China and Ireland.
It was spring 2015 at Radford University, but visions of sugarplum fairies danced in the minds of the School of Dance and Theatre faculty. They had come together discuss the 2014 “The Nutcracker.” And this is the story of the newly designed scenery.
Fall Dance Fest opens Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Radford University’s dance students use this annual event to move us into fall. This year features works by Department of Dance faculty danah bella, Deborah McLaughlin, Inessa Plekhanova, Amy VanKirk and new faculty member
Ji-Eun Lee. They have created a full program of innovative choreography highlighting a wide variety of dance genres including Modern Dance, Classical Ballet and Jazz.
Spring and summer may seem quiet on campus at Radford University, but looks are deceiving. The College of Visual and Performing Arts was extremely active with summer school, Quest, Radford University Ballet Youth’s International Summer Intensive Program and Governor’s School. And several of our professors, students and alumni sent of word of their recent achievements.
The College of visual and Performing Arts is pleased to present its 2016 spring graduates.
From University Relations
Dance instructors Aleksey Plekhanov and Inessa Plekhanova and Radford University Ballet Youth student Lindy Mesmer took home prizes at the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix regional in Philadelphia.