Masters in class, restaged, and honored.
In December, Rutgers MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS featured a restaging of Bill T. Jones' Love Re-defined: King Kong (1996) at its DancePlus Fall concert. Janet Wong, associate artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, set the piece on the students while the company was in residence last September. Senior Aaron Ramos danced the lead. The concert also featured work by four faculty members: Christian von Howard, Julia Ritter, John Evans, and Randy James. * The Dance program at MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: in Massachusetts performed Jose Limon's A Choreographic Offering (1964) during its fall concert. Limon company soloist Paul Dennis restaged and performed the work, which is a tribute to Doris Humphrey, with the students. Also on the concert bill was Ella, a work by guest artist Mark Davis, who was a Bill T. Jones Dance Company soloist and Broadway Lion King dancer. * In November, GOUCHER COLLEGE welcomed Romana Kryzanowska,. protege of Joseph Pilates, for master classes. Kryzanowska had studied at the School of American Ballet in the 1930s. Balanchine had introduced her to Joseph Pilates in 1941. She has since devoted her life to his method. More than 50 students participated in each of the two mat classes co-sponsored by the college's Pilates Center and Dance Department. * On his 80th birthday in November, Murray Louis received an honorary doctorate from SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY and watched the students perform his 1956 classic, Bach Suite. Alberto del Saz, artistic director of the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company, set the piece during a September residency, funded by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts administered by New England Foundation for the Arts and Dance/USA. This is Louis' fifth honorary doctorate. * In November, PEABODY DANCE at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore held a day of master classes as well as its first ballet teachers' seminar. Guest faculty for this year's event included Marcia Dale Weary, teacher and founder of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (see "Setting a High Barre," July 2005), and William DeGregory, former principal of Pennsylvania Ballet and now artistic director of PAB II. Eighty ballet students from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and D.C. attended the master classes, and 30 teachers came to the teachers' seminar given by Weary.