Celebrating 35 Years of Dance

Professor of Theater and Dance Judy Dworin arrived at Trinity in 1969 as an exchange student from Smith College. Studying under Clive Thompson, a guest artist who was then teaching three newly created dance courses that semester, Dworin knew she had found a home at the College and decided to transfer. In 1970, by virtue of her place in the alphabet, she became the first woman to receive a bachelor of arts degree at Trinity. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Goddard College in 1975.    

Thus began a journey that has transformed the study of dance in the context of a liberal arts education. This fall, the College is hosting a semester-long celebration showcasing the evolution of dance at Trinity, including special performances by students, alumni, and guests, as well as former and current faculty members. The program also includes the presentation of the newly established Dance Pioneers Award to Cheryl Cutler, founder and former chair of the dance department at Wesleyan University.  

When Clive Thompson left Trinity in 1971, Dworin was appointed as a faculty member and continued to develop the dance program and then the Department of Theater and Dance, for which she presently serves as chair. She also co-founded the Trinity/La MaMa Program in New York City, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2006, and the College’s global learning site in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dworin teaches courses in dance as well as cross-disciplinary seminars in the Department of Theater and Dance and the InterArts Program. In addition, she has been the artistic director of her professional company, the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble (JDPE) since 1989. JDPE presents contemporary works, often concerned with social and political issues, and has toured regionally, nationally, and internationally.

“I feel so honored to have been a part of more than three decades of dance at Trinity,” says Dworin. “It’s been a wonderful experience that has involved many people; I certainly didn’t do it alone. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazingly talented people—students, faculty members, and artists. And the really great part is that it’s not over. There’s still a lot more to come.”

Upcoming events that are part of the 35 Years of Dance celebration:

Friday, November 18, 2005

Open Master Classes taught by Trinity alumni/ae and former faculty
part of “Seabury 47” Studio Series 

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.           

Pedro Alejandro: modern dance technique

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

KC Chun: modern dance movement based in the principles from the Alexander Technique, Bartineff and Laban

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Christina Tsoules; intermediate level modern dance technique
Seabury Studios, Trinity College
Contact info: 860-297-2199
Free and open to the public

Friday, November 18, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

“Celebrating 35 Years! A tribute to dance at Trinity”

Presented by Trinity’s Department of Theater & Dance with choreography and special guest artist performances by past and present faculty, alumni/ae, and students, featuring:

  • Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble, Axe Dance
  • Deborah Goffe and Scapegoat Garden, Touche, mon ami
  • Christina Tsoules '98, Emergent Premise
    KC Chun '95, Residue: Tango Interior (Choreography by Carolyn Merritt ’96)
  • Pedro Alejandro, Pet Show
  • Michael Burke and Caitlin Diebold '04, Solo/Duo
  • Abdoulaye Sylla’s African Dance Class, Celebration!
  • Plus the premier of a new student work selected for this special tribute performance

Thursday, December 8, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Winter Brew
Showcase of new works by Trinity student choreographers
Seabury 47
Free and open to the public

Photographs by Nick Lacy

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