The mission of the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography presenting program is to support the creation of innovative work, stretch the potential of the art form and develop new audiences for dance while extending ideas about what dance can be. The program is committed to providing VCU and the Richmond community with opportunities to experience a broad range of the diverse aesthetics of contemporary dance while providing insight into its history and development.
While in residence with VCU Dance, guest artists have made significant contributions to the development of the Richmond dance community, student performance skills and new dance works. Most guest artists have taught a repertory class in residence, as well as worked intensively with the students on performance elements and in the community performing outreach activities. VCU Dance is committed to building new audiences while enlightening the current dance audience in the university and Richmond communities.
Funding for guest artist residencies for 2011-2012 is graciously provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; the Virginia Commission for the Arts; and the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project.