VCU Dance Grad’s Work to be presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

VCU Dance is delighted to announce that graduating senior Courtney Darlington’s 2016 work, Disparity, has been selected for presentation at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival this summer. Disparity, along with four other works from colleges and universities around the nation, was selected as part of the American College Dance Association Performance Highlights program in Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out series. The performance will take place August 24, 2017, free and open to the public.

For the second year, American College Dance Association (ACDA) presents highlights from its regional festivals. The ACDA supports and promotes the wealth of talent and creativity from college and university dance departments. Each spring, regional conferences are hosted around the country with performances, workshops, panels, and master classes. At each conference, a panel of expert adjudicators assess works choreographed by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and guest artists. A selection of standout works from the 2017 conferences will be featured in this program, which was culled by a Jacob’s Pillow panel from selections by adjudicators at each of the 13 regional conferences.

Disparity was choreographed by Darlington for VCU Dance’s Fall 2016 Senior Project Concert, and served as her capstone project for completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Choreography. According to Darlington, the work “digs into the growing tension between the rich and the poor, exposing the immunity and power that wealth offers.” Look below for a video clip!


The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography is a pre-­professional program that provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community setting that cultivates innovation, collaboration, and professionalism. VCU Dance seeks to create a diverse and invigorating educational environment designed to prepare students for the challenges and possibilities of a professional career as informed and engaged artists in the field of dance.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.