2021 series of events

Footprints of a TapDancer with

Chris Rutledge

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 7:00-8:30pm CST
Tap dance workshop class with a live TapPainting creation to finish!

Chris L Rutledge -the TapArtist- ...… started his dance training at 19 in Alabama, by the renowned Lisa Lyndon. He has training in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet, but his Professional Career is mainly TapDance and Body Percussion. Chris has Co-choreographed/performed in tap shows for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. He also helped co-write, co-produce, and co-choreograph performances and full length stage shows, for the leading step/body percussion group MOLODI(mo.lah.dee), out of Las Vegas. He choreographed and was featured in a body percussion number for Italian pop star, Tiziano Ferro, called ‘Per Dono’, for his world tour. ‘Hines/Pollock’ is an award winning Performance Art act he created in 2010 as ‘the TapArtist’, where paintings are made by tap dancing in paint, on a canvas! He wrote a full stage show called FootPrints of a TapDancer, which was seen with his company theFYVgroup, around LA and in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Chris is a premier performer in the new Holiday Tap Show based out of Minneapolis, MN called “Who Brought The Humbug!?” In the summer of 2019, he spent 4 months in Turkey with All Stars Entertainment for a 5-Star Resort touring show as a performer. He has been a judge/instructor for over 10 years with companies such as DEA, Dance Olympus, Canadian Dance Teachers Association, Starquest, Dance Talent Challenge, and Spotlight! For 20 years, Chris has been sought-after internationally as an instructor and choreographer for competition, concert, and film purposes. Chris is extra excited about his new position as TapMaster at the world famous Columbia Performing Arts Center, where he will add his style and technique to an already stellar faculty.

Dance Careers: An Exploration of Pathways and Roles in Today’s Society with

Cydney Spohn of Solutions In Motion

Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00-11:30am CST

Cydney Spohn, Founder of Solutions In Motion, will lead a presentation about dance careers and various ways dancers make a living, from performing to serving communities and solving problems in society. Pathways to employment will be discussed in addition to the essential skills dancers use to successfully navigate the 21st Century creative gig economy. A diverse representation of dancers and their career paths will be shared with time for Q&A. Dancers, parents, teachers, high school counselors, and anyone interested in this topic are welcome.

Solutions In Motion (SIM) offers consulting services and educational support to dance organizations, private/public schools, studios, teachers, artists, students, and parents. Filling in the gaps of dancers’ education and career planning, SIM customized workshops, presentations, and class series include topics on career pathways, sustainable careers, résumé and portfolio development, job applications, dance entrepreneurship, leadership, dance intersecting with other industries, college and career readiness, college selection, self-care, and somatic movement education. SIM is a presenter for the Gibney Online Group Study Program (NYC) and has conducted learning events at The Joffrey Academy of Dance (Chicago), the National High School Dance Festival, and dance schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Cydney Spohn, Solutions In Motion (SIM) Founder, is a former member of North Carolina Dance Theatre and soloist with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Cydney transitioned from performing to higher education where she taught for twenty years and held the rank of tenured Professor of Dance at The University of Akron. Now retired from university life, Cydney's “third act” is dedicated to sharing her 35+ years of dance experience and knowledge to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and learning in the field through her education and consulting company, Solutions In Motion. Additional credits and background experience include a M.A. in Social Philosophical Foundations of Education, a B.S. in Labor Economics, two Princess Grace Foundation, USA awards, an Emerging Choreographer award from PA Council on the Arts, various grants, publications in Research in Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review, and seats on the boards of CORPS de Ballet International and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

Dance and Social Justice: How to Navigate Histories of Oppression with

Adam W. McKinney

June 26, 2021 2:00-3:30pm CST

Dancer, choreographer, and activist Adam W. McKinney will present on his recent work to build capacities for civic change through choreography and memorial activism. In the workshop, McKinney will reflect on and invite participants to think about offering creative, art-based solutions to histories of oppression.

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