Student choreographer debuts showcase

April 11, 2018 Life

The University Dance Theater show, “Mortals and Angels,” is a modern dance showcase choreographed by faculty and students of the company. The program consists of eight different performances, but on opening night only six were debuted at SF State. Out of the six, one was fully choreographed by modern dancer, SF State student Jessica DeFranco. ...

Broadway veteran revitalizes students with skating influenced choreography

December 3, 2017 Life

In creative arts, talent alone is rarely enough to achieve success. With any heralded dancer, actor or musician, there’s always a grinding component of hard work that constantly bubbles beneath the surface. Mark Davis, an assistant professor in musical theatre and studio voice, knows this combination well. Davis grew up in Rochester, New York, but ...

New Moves: Flux, strapped for time

November 15, 2017 Life

Rushing on stage with music and the sound of water in the background, the first dancers of the last performance of New Moves: Flux took the stage a month earlier than in years past. New Moves usually premieres in December, but Ray Tadio, teacher of the choreographers for the show, found that the department was ...

Art, dance and food fill Filipino festival

October 23, 2017 Life

On Friday night San Franciscans gathered in the South of Market District to enjoy the Filipino Night Market Festival, which is a monthly ongoing festival that showcases art, music and food that celebrates Filipino culture. Hosted by Undiscovered SF, the event is both an indoor and outdoor event every third Friday of each month.

Alumna returns to create Expressions

September 11, 2017 Life

“I am very emotionally Japanese; the events make me feel something. All of my choreography is emotionally-based and that comes out,” Ayana Yonesaka said. “Each dance is specifically inspired.” The colorful wall hanging swayed as the dancers ran past. The soft sound of rain played while SF State alumna, Yonesaka, whirled across the stage close ...

Dancers audition for New Moves

September 4, 2017 Life

Students sweat as they danced across the floor during the auditions for the New Moves show, a modern dance performance created by students at SF State premiering this November. Auditioners danced for an hour. This is what they came for – to perform. If chosen, they will perform on stage in front of hundreds at ...

Epoch: Where thought meets movement

March 8, 2017 Life

The School of Theatre and Dance showcased an originally choreographed performance that depicts feelings about current events in the United States. The show, titled “Epoch,” symbolizes a distinctive period in time or in a person’s life. The performance organized by the University Dance Theatre was hosted in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building March ...

Aerial dance performance brings SF State labor archives alive

May 18, 2016 Multimedia

Flyaway Productions, a Bay Area dance company, was commissioned by the Labor Archives and Research Center to create an aerial site-specific performance, choreographed by Jo Kreiter, to promote the 30th anniversary of the Labor Archives and Research Center in the SF State library. According to Director of the Labor Archives, Catherine Powell, the performance was ...

Aerial dance celebrates 30th anniversary of Labor Archives and Research Center

May 2, 2016 Life

Students stopped in their tracks, eyes fixated upward on the harnessed dancers cascading down the outside of J. Paul Leonard Library. The dancers moved as one with vintage dresses as they practiced for the upcoming performance titled, “Archives and Outcries: California’s Unconventional Women Tell their Stories,” expressing women’s journey in the workforce. The performance, celebrating ...

Ribbon cutting celebrates new dance studio

March 3, 2016 News

The dance department welcomed a new dance studio Wednesday with an invite-only ribbon cutting ceremony. “I couldn’t be happier (about the new studio),” department Chair Todd Roehrman said. “It’s a wonderful celebration of a space that’s long overdue, it’s not only a studio for dance classes, but it’s going to be a rehearsal space for ...

SF State’s Hip Hop State of Mind aims to educate

March 1, 2016 Life

[slideshow_deploy id=’70929′] Students huddled around on Monday during an event held by the student organization Hip Hop State of Mind along with a Bay Area Grassroots organization, HipHopForChange, Inc. Break-dancers performed, rappers free-styled and students and SF State alumni gathered in Malcolm X Plaza to bring attention the budget controversy in the College of Ethnic Studies. “Yesterday ...

Photo Story: Student finds balance in life through dance

February 5, 2016 Life

Maintaining a healthy balance among schoolwork and homework, a job, personal time and a social life is struggle many face. For student dancer Madelin Braun, balance has a deeper meaning. “Figuring out that perfect balance is what I love about (dance),” said Braun, a 22-year-old math major and dance minor at SF State. “It makes life ...