Acclaimed ballet choreographer in residence Dec. 1 - 14

Sharon Randolph, internationally acclaimed ballet choreographer, will be in residence with the Mercyhurst College dance department from Monday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 14, working with both the Mercyhurst Dancers and the dance department faculty.

During her two-week residency, Randolph will be teaching classes in ballet technique, staging her acclaimed work, The Gift of Balance, for the Mercyhurst Dancers, choreographing a new work for the dance faculty and presenting a ballet master class for the Erie Dance Consortium, which will be open to the Erie dance community.

Randolph’s The Gift of Balance was showcased at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2002 and will premiere along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream when the Mercyhurst Dancers present their spring dance concert on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, 2004.

Randolph will also choreograph a world premiere, yet untitled, to the music of Saint Sean to be presented Jan. 31, 2004, as part of a joint concert presented by the Mercyhurst dance and music faculty.

“This will be the first time in 10 years that the dance faculty has performed together. We are honored to have a choreographer of Sharon’s stature inspire movement that suits each of our unique ways of moving,” said Tauna Hunter, director of the Mercyhurst College dance department. “To be able to perform along with our esteemed music colleagues will be the ultimate reward in our extended careers.”

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, the Dance Consortium will present Randolph in a ballet master class in the danceSpace at Mercyhurst College. This class is open to the Erie dance community. For more information contact Hunter at (814) 824-2587.

Randolph, director of dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts, is a nationally recognized choreographer. Her work The Gift of Balance was performed at the Regional Dance America National Festival in Houston, Texas, and was selected to represent the Midstates Region in a showcase performance at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss.

Her works have been premiered in Japan, Bermuda, Canada, and the United States, with performances by Colorado Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, DanceAspen Company Project, Bermuda Dance Theatre, Mercyhurst College, University of Cincinnati, and the Interlochen Dance Ensemble.

Randolph’s extensive administrative experience includes dance division chair at Interlochen Arts Academy and director/associate director of DanceAspen Summer School. During her seven years at the Colorado Ballet she served as the interim artistic director, assistant director, ballet mistress, and director of the Colorado Youth Ballet. She served as ballet mistress with Alberta Ballet in Canada, co-founded Bermuda Dance Theatre, and directed Bermuda Civic Ballet.

Randolph attended the University of Utah, earning her degree in ballet under Willam F. Christensen, and has been teaching for more than 20 years.

For detailed information on Randolph, please contact Tauna Hunter, dance department director, at (814) 824-2587, or e-mail thunter@mercyhurst.edu
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