Dance

Rating: - 0

Dance team wins another Game Day national title

March 01, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team won its fifth national title in four years at the USA Collegiate Championship in Anaheim, California on Saturday. Game Day is scored on all the skills Lopes fans have seen and celebrated at GCU sporting events. The win adds to a growing list of titles that includes those at the Universal Dance Association’s nationals in Florida. Coach Jacque Genung-Koch said she’s often asked at competitions what makes the team so good. It’s team unity and, she says, “Jesus.”

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

GCU Dance team inspires at national competition

January 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team won third in Jazz and fourth in Game Day of the Universal Dance Association’s national championships in Florida last weekend. The Jazz performance was especially passionate. “It made for real and raw emotion on stage that set us apart from all other performances on the floor,” said GCU Dance Coach Jacque Genung-Koch.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Dance Department presents at national conference

November 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dance Director Susannah Keita is passionate about exposing students to dance education and their options in dance outside of just studio classes. That is why she and senior dance students Justine Bach and Carissa Eubank presented their work in the Arizona community through the Elementary Dance Tour program at this year’s National Dance Education Organization conference in Miami. “It was exciting to see different ways to incorporate other subjects into dance but also maintaining the integrity of dance and what you have in your classroom,” Eubank said.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Winter Dance Concert Draws From Multiple Influences

December 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Ethington Dance Ensemble, under the guidance of GCU’s director of dance, Susannah Keita, has come a long way since its start a year ago. This production showcases that evolution, tackling several different styles of dance and combining them — sometimes even within one piece — smoothly and effortlessly. Thanks to the talented choreographers added to Keita’s staff this year and a program that is now 50 students strong, Thursday’s opening-night audience was shown a wide range of techniques and variations inspired by famous dancers and choreographers throughout history.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Two Student Dancers Live Out Their Passion at GCU

December 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

For a dancer, being onstage is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication. It is the end result of countless hours of classes and practice and missed social outings with friends. But as any serious performer knows, sharing your art with others becomes a passion. For two such dancers who will perform Thursday and Friday in “Legacy,” the 2011 Winter Dance Concert at Ethington Theatre, that passion to dance has become their lives.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

26.2 Miles Later, a Feeling of Accomplishment

November 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It is logical to think that there are only two reasons to run: toward something or away from something. But what if there were a third reason? To run for something? GCU’s Eva St. Arnauld, director of student success for the Center for Learning and Advancement and coach of the Antelope dance team, felt there was a third reason and decided that she had something to run for: to inspire others. On Nov. 6, St. Arnauld ran in the New York City Marathon, something that very few people — even avid runners — get the chance to do.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Winter Dance Concert at Ethington Dec. 15 and 16

November 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production presents Legacy – a winter dance concert honoring dancers in history. The production was choreographed by Zari Le’on, Susannah Keita, Jessica Rajko, Sonja Mitrovic and Antoinette Proctor. Performances are December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Ethington Theatre. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 602.639.8880 or [email protected]

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

African-Born Dancer to Teach Master Class on Campus

November 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Zimbabwean-born dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena loves her culture and enjoys being able to teach others about that culture through dance. That is what she will be doing this Friday when she teaches a master class at GCU. “We are so excited to be able to host Rujeko at Grand Canyon University,” says the director of dance for the College of Fine Arts and Production, Susannah Keita, who has attended Camp Mabina in New Mexico, a summer dance institute for which Dumbutshena is the artistic director. “Her class promises to be invigorating and challenging for all, including novice and experienced dancers.”

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Alumnus Returns to Ethington Stage for Season Opener

August 30, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Any actor can dream of Broadway. Mike Hegeman dreams of a small, 300-seat theatre in west Phoenix — more than 20 years after he performed there as a college student. Forgive him, then, for pinching himself when the curtain is raised Friday on “You Can’t Take It With You,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that opens the Ethington Theatre Series for 2011-12 at GCU.

READ MORE
Rating: - 0

Cheer, Dance Make Big Impression at Camp

August 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Congratulations to GCU’s cheer and dance teams, which brought home several awards from last weekend’s UCA/UDA summer camp at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The camp also was attended by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The dance team took third place, and cheer won the Leadership Award (described as “If you were not a member of your own team, which team would you want to be on?”).

READ MORE