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Department of Theatre and Dance

Writing for Dance Workshop at UW Dance Festival

July 3, 1997 -- Anyone interested in writing, or learning to write, about dance is urged to enroll now for a writer's workshop during the third annual Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival at the University of Wyoming.

Richard Philp, Dance Magazine editor in chief who contributed to both the 1995 and 1996 dance festivals, will hold a three day workshop on "Writing About Dance." His workshop begins at 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 25, and continues at 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in the Indian Paintbrush Room at UW's School of Extended Studies Building.

The workshop is for experienced writers who are interested in writing, or learning to write, about dance. The program will also appeal to creative writers, technical grant writers, journalists or instructors of English, writing, philosophy and/or criticism.

Philp brings extensive experience to the workshop. He has been with Dance Magazine since 1970, serving as editor in chief since 1989. He is the author of three books and writes the monthly column, "Kickoff." Philp also received the Vaslav Nijinsky Award as well as awards for television documentary writing.

A series of activities at the dance festival will provide a well-rounded workshop. Workshop participants will observe members of the Colorado Ballet teaching a class and meet with Martin Fredmann, the ballet company's artistic director. They also will watch and discuss a video of a professional performance; and work on their own piece of dance writing with Philp and other workshop participants.

Enrollment in the workshop includes attendance at the festival's opening dance performance at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25. The concert program will be "Configurations," the Grand Pas de Deux from "Don Quixote," and "Size Nine Spirit" performed by the Colorado Ballet; and "Hoop-La" and "Ayego" by the Peter Pucci Plus Dancers.

Enrollment is limited for Philp's workshop. The registration fee is $50 per person. Housing is available at the UW campus at $17 per night. To register, call UW Conferences and Institutes at 1 800 448 7801, ext. 1, or (307) 766 5249. Or, for more information about the workshop, call Peg Marron at (307) 766 6123.

The writer's workshop is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on Thursday, July 03, 1997


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