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Leaping to learn during Summer Dance Intensive

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

They are as strong as trees yet as supple as flowers, as powerful as a rainstorm yet as soft as a spring breeze. Using their strength to create a vision of suppleness, an estimated 22 students in GCU’s third Summer Dance Intensive leaped and whirled, cavorted and twirled during the fourth day of classes. The two-week program includes classes in ballet, contemporary, world and jazz dance styles and an end-of-session performance, open to all, at 4 p.m. on July 22 at Ethington Theatre.

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Summer Dance Intensive challenges budding artists

June 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Summer Dance Insensive, which begins July 11, has something to offer nearly any level of dancer. Whether it’s a taste of college life or working closely with instructors on technique, composition, choreography and more, the program appeals both to younger students who seek top-notch education and area dancers who crave a challenge.

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GCU 2015-16: Golf course is just one of the big hits

April 25, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

The opening of the Grand Canyon University Hotel and Grand Canyon University Championship Golf Course were big stories in 2015-16, but they were just part of the continued community revitalization. And the rapid growth on campus continued, too. GCU Today Magazine picked the top 10 stories of the academic year just completed.

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Beauty, grace and athleticism of Spring Dance Concert

April 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” featured 34 students doing 10 dances. Their beauty and grace are apparent, but even more awe-inspiring is their athleticism. Check out how high some of these dancers get off the ground and the incredible ways they contort their bodies.  

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Faculty  member Sean Dahlberg, left, gives a pep talk to rehearsing dancers.
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Spring Dance Concert gives voice to value of silence

April 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly three dozen dancers will bring the Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” to life in performances Friday and Saturday at Ethington Theatre. Tickets are still available for the energetic, beautiful moving symphony created by GCU’s talented dancers and their faculty choreographers.

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Photos of Hollywood producer discussing ‘Zootopia’

March 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Speaking at GCU’s Ethington Theatre two days before the much-anticipated Friday release date of the Walt Disney movie “Zootopia,” Hollywood producer Clark Spencer discussed how the animal characters were brought to life on the big screen.

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Students get new perspectives on dance in spring work

February 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Dance faculty and students in the College of Fine Arts and Production are studying this week with guest artist Dr. Padmaja Suresh, a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher from Bangalore, India. Suresh is an intellectual performer whose productions have won her critical acclaim around the world. She has lectured and danced at various international conferences, including at UNESCO, and her school, Aatmayala, shares dance with underprivileged children in her community and rural areas around it. Participants in the classes will be adding what they learned from Kwame Shaka Opare, a classically trained West African dancer based in Baltimore who was a guest artist on campus in January, when he composed a dance with two sections of his original work for the spring performances. Opare, who started touring in the late ’90s with the Broadway show STOMP, is renowned for his ability to engage students and audiences and convey the meaning and purpose of his work. At his lecture last month, Opare connected deeply with students as he shared about his experiences teaching youth in Baltimore. He described the stages of transformation that they experienced, which became the basis of his master’s thesis and concert. Suresh and […]

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COFAP opens 2016 with riveting ‘All My Sons’

February 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Arthur Miller’s powerful, yet simple storytelling comes to life on the Ethington Theatre stage at GCU this month, with six performances of “All My Sons.” Written in 1947 by the playwright, who has the notable distinctions of receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and being married to Marilyn Monroe, “All My Sons” reportedly was Miller’s last stab at writing a commercially successful play. Failing that, he would go do something else. He did not need to, and you’ll see why in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s stellar performance.

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COFAP crew to represent GCU at prestigious Kennedy Center festival

February 10, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

If you saw “Scapin,” the College of Fine Arts and Production’s October performance in Ethington Theatre, you will not be surprised to learn its director and some of its cast and crew members are competing in a prestigious regional festival this weekend. GCU will be represented at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Hawaii by instructor Michael Kary and seven students who played big roles in the enormously impressive and hilarious play.

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Shakespeare’s settings live large in our imaginations

February 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

On Wednesday, as a highlight of GCU’s weeklong celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, guest lecturer and acknowledged Shakespeare expert Dr. Paul Hartle gave a talk on how the playwright created elaborate settings—using only his words. “Imagination produces the landscape,” Hartle, visiting from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, told a rapt audience of 200 students, faculty and staff in GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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