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Up Coming Event: PROJECT 2012 - April 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30PM and April 22 @ 2PM


Guest Piece: Someone

Daniel Nagrin (1917 - 2008)

Dance was his life and he created solo dances that mirrored the human condition. These brilliant, self-sustaining works are as relevant today as when he created them. Daniel was a recipient of enumerable awards and honorary degrees for his contributions to dance and education. He taught at ASU from 1982 to 1992 and was named a Master Teacher/Mentor in 1993 by
the National Endowment for the Arts. He wrote four books on dance and in 2007 was honored in France during a year long festival called Dances of Resistance.  Daniel continued to teach until February of the year of his death.

Phyllis Steele Nagrin

My background is in Fine arts with a BA and MA in Painting, however being married to Daniel for twenty years gave me a unique insight into his world of dance.  During those years I traveled with him to festivals, sat in on Master Classes ,and  private teaching sessions. It was an in-depth education on his thinking and working processes.  He had a contact with The Library of Congress who wanted  his papers and  it fell to me  to get them ready for shipping after his death. That was when I found a sealed envelope telling me that he was giving this dance to me to teach-----"Someone "-----------   I was not to open the envelope until I had a someone to teach it to.  Daniel's structure for the dance was sealed inside. The improvisation is made by the performer. The envelope has now been opened and David Barker is  performing our collaboration!

Project 2012: Looking Back; Moving Forward

Ann Ludwig

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Babs Case

Artistic Director of Dancers Workshop and Contemporary Dance WY, Jackson, WY, began her career with the San Diego based A Ludwig Co, touring and teaching in the SW. She founded The Center For The Arts, a dance, music, visual arts and theater center in FL. and Case & Co., a professional modern dance company. Babs toured Asia as choreographer and received NEA funding to work as an artist at The Atlantic Center For The Arts. Her choreography has been seen internationally for 25 years. Babs is a recipient of the FL Fellowship Award for Choreography and was awarded an Indo-American Research Fulbright Fellowship to study dance and theatre in India. As an educator Babs has touched the lives of a wide spectrum of students, of all ages and abilities. As a dance educator, she has taught ballet, modern, improvisation and creative movement developed a workshop for children entitled "Discovery Through Creative Movement" and the workshop "Dance As Visual Language". Both have been presented at universities and schools throughout the United States and abroad. She was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in 1997, teaching intermediate, advanced modern dance technique, improvisation and composition. Babs has served on Grants Panels for the Florida Arts Council, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Nevada Arts Council.

Mary Fitzgerald

Mary Fitzgerald has been active in the professional dance community as a performer, choreographer and teacher since 1984.  She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally. Ms. Fitzgerald also has danced with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Fred Darsow Dance, and several independent choreographers throughout the United States.  She has been a guest artist for several professional companies and dance programs in the United States, Europe Japan, China, Mexico, India, and Colombia.  Her  choreography has received funding from the Ministry of Culture in Mexico, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Ms. Fitzgerald is a winner of the 2005 Arizona Choreography Competition,and received an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2006.  As an Associate Professor at ASU, her research and teaching focuses on contemporary movement practices, choreography, and arts and public practice.  She has received two Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, and an ASU Professor of the Year nomination in 2010.  From 1998-2007, Ms. Fitzgerald co-directed Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), the community dance company in the School of Dance, with her colleague, Jennifer Tsukayama.  DART's program excellence was recognized with the President's Award for Social Embeddedness in 2004, and for a second time in 2007 as a partner to the ASU Art Museum.

Kelly Roth

CSN Dance Program Head; Artistic Director - Kelly Roth & Dancers, studied ballet at the Arizona Academy of Dancing, under the direction of Mary Moe Adams, a Royal Academy of Dance examiner This led to a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet where at eighteen he was asked to join the company. In 1976, NYC, at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre lab he began an apprenticeship under modern dance legends Murray Louis, Alwin Nikolais, and Hanya Holm. He has since choreographed and performed globally with companies including Murray Louis, Robert Small, A Ludwig Dance Theatre, and Kelly Roth & Dancers as well as Danse Theatre Susan Buirge in Paris, City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, and Danse Partout in Quebec. Kelly taught at Coker College, Texas Woman’s University, Mesa Community College, The University of Wisconsin and ASU where he received his MFA in dance and was honored as the Outstanding Graduate of the Graduate College. In 1995 he began to build a dance program for the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. His work has been seen at the Avignon Festival in France, International Choreographic Festival in Mexico City, Prague Festival in the Czech Republic as well as the Southwest. He received first prizes for Choreography and Best Contemporary Dance Presentation at the Dance Grand Prix Italia in Cesena, Italy; in Spain the silver cup for dance theatre at the Barcelona Dance Awards, 2006. He was awarded a Nevada Artist’s Fellowship, 2005.

Karen Schupp

Karen Schupp's creative work ranges from revealing self-portraits, to interdisciplinary dances, to conceptual movement-based works for non-dancers. In 2010, Karen was awarded a prestigious Artist Project Grant (funded by the NEA and State of Arizona) to create a new work, Western Door/Power Trail. Recent performances include the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, Harvest Contemporary Chicago Dance Festival, WestFest, American Dance Guild Festival, Wave Rising, Big Range Dance Festival, and the Attakkalari India Biennial. Karen is an active scholar interested in developing effective pedagogical practices for first-year dance majors and reimaging the purpose and format of  technique and composition courses. This research has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, and presented at NDEO, CORD and PCA conferences. Karen is on faculty in the School of Dance at Arizona State University, where she received the Herberger College of the Art's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. For more information, please visit


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