Dance News

In Dance Magazine’s latest issue, Lea Marshall, assistant chair of the Department of Dance and Choreography, was recognized for incorporating professional dancers into the VCU curriculum, giving students a close-up view of professional dance as well as creating networks for students.

Moreover, Marshall had an article in a recent issue of Style Weekly on the Doug Varone Company, a modern dance company, which performed this fall at Modlin Center. Additionally Marshall has three poems forthcoming in the online diode poetry journal, which is housed at VCUQ and one poem forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, a major literary journal, in April.


Congratulations to VCU alumna, Donna Vaughn, a dancer in the Lion King Las Vegas – she has been transferred to the New York Broadway cast.

VCU Dance is thrilled to announce that the documentary “Restaging Shelter,” directed by Bruce Berryhill and VCU Dance Professor Martha Curtis will be featured in the New York Dance Films Association’s 2012 Dance on Camera Festival, with screenings on January 30 & 31 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. Additionally, the documentary will be screened on PBS stations WCVE-Richmond and WHTJ-Charlottesville on Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 pm.

Restaging Shelter is a documentary that follows the distinct creative process of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and the Urban Bush Women in setting the master work Shelter on VCU Dance majors. “Shelter”, created by Urban Bush Women founder Zollar in 1988, is considered an “American Masterpiece” by the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded in part the re-creation of the work at VCU Dance last year. This documentary, directed by Bruce Berryhill and VCU Dance Professor Martha Curtis, features rehearsal and performance footage and interviews with Zollar, as well as Urban Bush Women company members and the students themselves. A video excerpt can be found here.

Dance on Camera, the world’s longest-running and most celebrated event dedicated to the growth and development of dance on film as an art form, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Complete information on the 40th Anniversary Dance on Camera Festival can be found here.


October 27, 2011