Senior Dance Thesis: L. Kosasa and K. Siegel — 10/27

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, October 26 at 8pm
Saturday, October 27 at 2pm & 8pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street

Senior choreographers Lindsay Kosasa and Kelsey Siegel present a collection of new works as part of their culminating project for the dance major. Tickets are $2 and are available online for the Saturday matinee and evening performances (the Friday night concert is sold out!)

Spring Faculty Dance Concert — March 2 & 3

Wesleyan University’s Dance Department &  Center for the Arts present

 “Quicksand” (U.S. Premiere) and “Nine” (World Premiere)

by Artist-in-Residence Hari Krishnan

March 2 & 3

Spring Faculty Dance Concert to include special guest appearance by Toronto’s inDANCE 

8pm in the CFA Theater

A multiracial cast of nine male dancers from Dance Department Artist in Residence Hari Krishnan‘s dance company inDANCE (based in Toronto, Canada) will perform the U.S. premiere of the rambunctiously provocative work “Quicksand” (2011), hailed by Michael Crabb of theToronto Star as “a techno-hip, strutting declaration of freedom from the constraints of tradition and conventional sexuality.” The music for this 40 minute work was composed by Niraj Chag, with visual design by Boyd Bonitzke.

“Quicksand” will be followed by the world premiere of Mr. Krishnan’s work “Nine”, which depicts Navarasa, the nine archetypal moods popular in South Indian classical dance, taught to dancers from Wesleyan Dance Department’s repertory and performance course (see list of dancers below). inDANCE will present the Canadian premiere of “Nine” at Toronto’s Fleck Dance Theatre from April 12 through 14, 2012.

As a part of the Spring Faculty Dance Concert in April 2009, Hari Krishnan premiered a solo work entitled “Liquid Shakti”, inspired by the myth of the river goddess Ganga, which responds to the depletion of natural resources by aggressive industrialization, and is told from the point of view of some of the most vulnerable populations. “Liquid Shakti” was commissioned by the Center for the Arts as a part of Feet to the Fire, a major undertaking on Wesleyan’s campus to examine critical environmental issues through multiple lenses, from science to art. 

The Wesleyan dancers performing the world premiere of “Nine” will include Abigail Baker ’12 and Aditi Shivaramakrishnan ’12 (both performances); Arianna Fishman ’13, Allison Greenwald ’14, Christian Lalonde ’13, Francesca Moree ’14, Cristina Ortiz ’15, Sarah La Rue ’12, and Rachel Rosengard ’14 (March 2); and students Taylor Burton and Natalie Plaza, Dawanna Butler ’15, Arin Dineen ’13, Jessica Placzek ’12, Claire Feldman-Reich ’12, and Tess Scriptunas ’14 (March 3). 

Admission for the performance is $8 for the general public, and $6 for Wesleyan students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at (860) 685-3355, or in person at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance, subject to availability.

WWW: Enlightenment Uganda — 2/16 at 5:30 p.m.

Wesleyan World Wednesday presents: “Enlightenment Uganda”

 What’s the link  between

    Malaria and Ugandan traditional music and Dance?

 Come find out about Bitone Children’s Center’s new project “Enlightenment Uganda,” internship opportunities and much more!

Dr. James Hadler will be speaking!

 Dr. James Hadler currently is a senior infectious disease and medical epidemiology consultant to the Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Programs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. 

When: Feb. 16th              Where: CRC Lobby             Time: 5:30-7pm

Food will be served!

Rennie Harris: Rage, Resistance and Reclaimation–9/29 & Hip Hop Dance Performance–9/30 and 10/1

What: Rage, Resistance and Reclaimation: a conversation with Dr. Rennie Harris
Facilitated by Nicole Stanton, Associate Professor of Dance
Lecture is followed by a reception

Thursday Sept 29, 7:00p.m.

Where: the Russell House.  

In addition, the Department of Dance and the Center for the Arts are sponsoring the following events:

Rennie Harris Puremovement


“Philadelphia’s greatest cultural export.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

What: A hip hop dance performance by Rennie Harris Puremovement set to music by the Headhunters, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Parliament Funkadelic, Groove Collective, and others.  

When: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8pm. Pre-performance talk with dance scholar Debra Cash on Friday at 7:15pm in CFA Hall.  

Where:  CFA Theater, located in the Center for the Arts at 283 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut. 

And: Free dance workshop for ticket holders on Saturday October 1 at 11am in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, located at 247 Pine Street. 

Choreographer and international ambassador of hip hop dance Rennie Harris founded Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992, after working with Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow. Mr. Harris is a trailblazer who has deconstructed popular perceptions of hip hop dance for nearly twenty years – the first person to take urban street forms to concert stages around the world. Performances at Wesleyan will include repertory works such as “God Made Me Funky”, “Something To Do With Love”, “Continuum”, “P-Funk”, “March of the Antmen”, and “Students of the Asphalt Jungle”. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission: $23 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Semi-Formal this Friday — Open to all Class Years


Brought to you by the 2014 Class Council

100% of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation and SHOFCO

When: Friday, April 22nd 10pm-1am
Where: Beckham Hall

Featuring music from:
10pm-11pm DJ j666n ‘14
11pm-1am DJ Dubbstep ’14 & DJ Nephesh ’14

A photo booth will be open from 10:30pm-12am. Our own photographer, Andy Ribner ’14, will be taking photos for you and your friends. Photos will be available online after the Semi-Formal.

Tickets are available right now at the Box Office in Usdan.
Limited number of tickets is available, so get them while they’re hot!

Pre-sale tickets are $4 for one, $7 for two
At the door tickets are $5 for one

BAJARI! & After Fri., 4/1

Friday, April 1, 2011


The West Indian Cultural Show will contain an array of live performances from various student groups. Performances will serve to showcase and highlight the mixed culture and multiple ethnicities from within the West Indies.

World Music Hall 8 p.m.

Bajari After-party

Students are invited to “willie-bounce”, “wine”, and “wuk-up” to reggae, calypso, and dancehall music! The explosive fusion of Caribbean sounds will be presented by DJ Stylez.

Co-Sponsored by Ajua Campos     Malcolm X House 10:30 p.m.

UCC Event: The Physics of Salsa! 11/17

Usdan Common Connections on Wednesday, November 17th

The Physics of Salsa – 7pm, Daniel Family Commons

Join us and Rey Bermudez, founder of for a workshop on the science of dance and Salsa to get you moving and dancing!