USC Dance Program: American College Dance Fest
At the University of South Carolina, Dance majors enjoy many opportunities to learn from and perform choreography by nationally recognized dance professionals. However, extending our reach outside the classroom enhances our undergraduate experience by exposing us to as much artistic diversity as possible. This is where we need your help. We continuously seek out opportunities to expand our knowledge of dance off campus in the form of master classes in the community and performances by touring professional companies.
This year, we are dedicated to sending our dancers to the American College Dance Association Conference, a national event that provides university students with opportunities to showcase their work in front of world-renowned artists. The Conference consists of a series of master classes, workshops, panels and performances that allow students to receive constructive feedback from instructors outside their typical academic setting. Our goal is to raise $7,500, which will fund our participation in this valuable experience.
Who We Are
The nationally recognized USC Dance Program has established a long legacy of excellence since 1976. Attracting a wealth of talent from across the country, the program consistently provides students with opportunities to work with world-renowned instructors and choreographers. Aiming to enrich the artistic experience of the students and the community, the USC Dance Company regularly presents choreography by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and professors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis. Our experienced studio faculty strives to instill a sound foundation of guided practice in the disciplines and principles of classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz. The program has a long-established specialty in ballet infused with the energy of cutting-edge contemporary dance. The atmosphere at the University of South Carolina is able to facilitate each student’s growth as an artist through the combination of a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment and the depth and breadth of an excellent liberal arts education.
The experience that the USC Dance students obtain from attending the ACDA Conference is incredibly valuable in their overall undergraduate experience. The dancers’ exposure to professional eyes outside the university expands their networks for future employment opportunities, sheds new light on concepts studied throughout their dance training, and infuses their artistic perspectives with essential intellectual, creative and physical experiences. Participating in the adjudication portion of the ACDA conference could also result in a potential invitation to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center is Washington D.C. for the national conference in the spring of 2018!
What Your Gifts Will Do
Your contribution, at any level, will help us achieve our goal by covering costs of registration, performance fees, travel, room and board, and food for the dancers. Please help us by making your contribution today and sharing our campaign with family and friends to make our goals possible! We are extremely grateful for your support!