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Women in the Performing Arts: Annette Tanner

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This spring and summer, I have been spotlighting a handful of remarkable women who are making their mark on educational theatre. With this final entry, I round out my series, Women In The Performing Arts.

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.

Women In The Performing Arts: Cathy McNeela

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This is the second to last entry in my series, Women In The Performing Arts. Cathy McNeela is the director of the musical theatre degree on the beautiful campus of Elon University. She has built a dynamic performing arts program "with a heart." Another example of a power house female college theatre educator.

Women In The Performing Arts: Karen Kohlhaas

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Mary Anna Dennard

As I enter the home stretch of my series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am struck by the enormous and diverse talents of these remarkable women and the difference they are making in the lives of young artists.

Women in the Performing Arts: Vicky Bussert

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

As I continue my series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am struck once again, with the impressive accomplishments of these dynamic female educators and the difference they are making in the lives of young artists.

Women in the Performing Arts: Lyn Cramer

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This week, in my series, Women in the Performing Arts, I am spotlighting University of Oklahoma faculty member Lyn Cramer, who generously and remarkably took time out from her wedding weekend in Taos to answer my questions.

Moving People and the Tao of Ice Cream: Live Performing Arts in the Next Decade

Jean-François Bouchard | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Jean-François Bouchard

The truly remarkable performing arts of the future will be simply and profoundly good, not only by accident but through hard, systematic and deliberate work to move people, deliciously.

Women in the Performing Arts: Barbara Mackenzie-Wood

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

During this Spring and Summer, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable women educators in college theatre in my blog series entitled, Women In The Performing Arts.

Escaping War Saved My Life. Song and Dance Saved My Soul.

Okello Kelo Sam | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Okello Kelo Sam

Whenever I feel a darkness creep into my soul, I sing, dance and play music on the adungu, a traditional hand-held harp of northern Uganda. It always works, the darkness recedes. Art is my detox.

Women in the Performing Arts: Kaitlin Hopkins

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.28.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

In my continuing series, Women in the Performing Arts, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable females who lead some of the most successful college theatre programs in the U.S. They discuss the development of their programs, and the impact their teaching is having on young artists.

Unforgiving Yet Intriguing: A Review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

The internationally-known modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered original choreography by Matthew Rushing, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey at Revelations last month at Boston's Citi Wang Theater.

BOOMTOWN Closes Wonderbound's Season With a Bang

Eden Lane | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Eden Lane

Colorado's Contemporary Dance powerhouse Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has established itself as a major force with a variety of successful collaborations.

Women in the Performing Arts, Mariann Cook

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

In my continuing series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable females who lead some of the most successful college theatre programs in the U.S.

Student Actors, Now Read This!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Mary Anna Dennard

For those of you who have been in the throws of the college audition process, things are finally beginning to wind down. You may now be twiddling your thumbs, having completed the whirlwind of applications, travel and a series of high stakes auditions.

The Waiting, the Waiting, the Waiting

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

The best distraction of all is to enjoy your senior year. You will never get this time back, so savor it. Get involved at your high school with activities and senior celebrations. Don't be distracted when non-performer friends start announcing their acceptances.

Shut Your Mouth: College Audition Etiquette

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

To say you are not sizing up the competition would be a fabrication. Sound like an awkward situation? You bet it is. So what is the appropriate behavior, and how can you keep from embarrassing yourself?

Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Know Your BFA "Must-Haves"

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

With so many BFA offerings, students and families can be overwhelmed with the task of compiling a college list that fits their needs.

FAFSA and the Middle Class

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Experts who know precisely how the government calculates EFCs say there's one overarching reason for this shock: the formula is so outdated--it's loosely based on a family budget from 1967--that it's no surprise many 21st Century families are astonished when they receive their EFC estimates.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Perform for America

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Mary Anna Dennard

One mother of twin sons, both majoring in performing arts at colleges in the Northwest, has used her passion to launch a petition called, Perform for America, a national movement to create a program akin to Teach for America, but for young performers.

I Got In! And Then I Dropped Out

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Most of the performing arts college applicants I advise come from middle class families. They earn too much money to qualify for federal aid, and don't earn enough to pay what they consider to be unaffordable tuitions.

Cedar City's Utah Shakespeare Festival Promises Unique Experience

John M. Eger | Posted 08.14.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

If you already love anything Shakespeare-especially the plays-don't read this. If however you find the language of Shakespeare's works a bit difficul...

Sticker Shock! College Performing Arts Costs

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

As you investigate colleges and costs, ask questions of admission and recruitment offices. They are more than happy to give you straightforward answers. And the department heads certainly have a point of view about the affordability of their particular programs.

Review: Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in 'PUSH'

Meghan Feeks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

For dancers, the peaks of artistry and athleticism rarely coincide. But when they do, one amplifies the other, and the result is dazzling.