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Vertical Dance|Department of Theatre and Dance

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Margaret Wilson
University of Wyoming,
Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Dept. 3951
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
307 - 766-5138

Neil Humphrey
University of Wyoming
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Dept. 3006
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
307 -766-2728


Beginning in 1995, with an innovative Main Stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, UW Theatre & Dance began exploring “Aerial Dance.” Working with Neil Humphrey, Professor of Geology and Geophysics, avid climber, and dance student, we were able to “fly” the fairies in to the industrial world created in the production.

vedauwoo concertIn 1998, Neil attended the Project Bandaloop workshop at the Banff Arts Center in British Columbia. Building on this experience, the department explored the vertical dance form in an outdoor production at Vedauwoo, a well-known local climbing area. Response was overwhelming!

The first vertical dance class was offered during the spring semester 1999. Team-taught by Humphrey and Margaret Wilson, then an APL and now Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance, the course introduced issues related to safety, rigging, and choreography in the vertical dimension.

Vertical II was introduced during the spring semester 2000, and emphasizes the math and physics involved in the rigging and anchor settings. Students enrolled in Vertical II design and construct a 'rig' for vertical dance and create commensurate choreography for public presentation.

Vertical dance is often performed both inside and out-of-doors by UW Theatre and Dance at the University of Wyoming.


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Vertical Dance at the Berry Biodiversity Center, August 2013

Check out this preview of the 2013 VERTICAL DANCE AT VEDAUWWO concert in the Berry Biodiversity Center. Lights Along the Shore played original music, while most of the audience watched from the staircase.

Margaret Wilson Interview with Wyoming Signatures

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