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Dance Study Cycles

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Summer 2014 Intensive
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Featuring technique and repertory led by Neil Fleming Brown
June 28 – July 3, 2014


Donna Faye Burchfield, UArts Dance Study Cycles Director
Sara Procopio, Coordinator
Meredith Glisson, Facilitator

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Dance Study Cycles is an innovative project for professional experience in preparation for careers and advanced study in dance. Dance does not exist in a vacuum. Recognizing the current need for contemporary programs of study with the capacity for young artists to experience national and international exchanges in dance, Dance Study Cycles is designed specifically for advanced undergraduate students or recent graduates seeking to build new networks across geographies. Distinctive for its rigorous training, critical discourse, individual mentorship and engagement with internationally recognized artists, Dance Study Cycles will utilize the University of the Arts as its creative home base.

Aligned with The School of Dance’s commitment to moving students closer to the professional world of dance, UArts Dance Study Cycles Summer 2014 is an immersion for young artists seeking intensive technical training and the chance to learn repertory from one of the most cutting edge dance companies in the world.

This uniquely focused program encourages young artists to recognize themselves as emerging dance professionals through opportunities that truly move, both in the studio and in the world.

Visit the Dance Study Cycles blog and Facebook page. View information on Dance Study Cycles 2013 and DSC Winter 2014 Intensive.

Dance Study Cycles Studio Showing
Thursday, July 3rd 6:30pm at FringeArts

Please join us for a studio showing of excerpts from Shen Wei’s Map set by Shen Wei Dance Arts rehearsal director and company member Kate Jewett. Performed by participants in the UArts Dance Study Cycles Summer Intensive. A discussion with Kate Jewett and reception will follow. Admission is free.

140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

(at the corner of Race St. and Columbus Blvd)

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June 28 - July 3   Intensive Study at UArts/Philadelphia

Led by a team of internationally recognized UArts faculty and guest artists, the cycle begins with one week of intensive dance study in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. The schedule includes daily studio practice, conversations with artists, special topic workshops and discussions.

The one week intensive features Neil Fleming Brown, former dancer with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance who will lead a fast paced and challenging technique class reflecting the idiosyncratic and dynamic movement style of Wayne McGregor. During repertory sessions participants will be guided through research-based choreographic exercises. These generative task-based choreographic tools reflect the methods used by McGregor in the studio with his dancers and will open new doors to individuals' creativity and facilitate innovative forms of making. Some of the tasks will involve repertoire from past Random pieces.



Dance Study Cycle: Philadelphia       
(June 28 - July 3)   



Tuition: $450 
Fees:    $125

CREDIT DSC 300C (non-UArts students only**)
Tuition: $550
Fees:    $125

Housing Fee at UArts**
(June 28 - July 5)


** UArts students seeking to earn credit for this program should contact Bren Thomas in the School of Dance.

Phone: 215.717.6577                     


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Young artists who pursue the Summer 2014 UArts Dance Study Cycles must demonstrate a level of maturity indicating readiness for professional-level work through the following required materials:

  • Completed online registration (non-refundable payment due in full at the time of registration)
                    - Credit Registration
                    - Non-Credit Registration
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Application items should be submitted to: .


NOTE: Acceptance is subject to space availability.

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Students requiring housing in Philadelphia will reside in our Pine Street Residence Hall. Students will need to bring their own sheets and towels. A packing list will be supplied after registration materials are received. Meals not included. 

Students requiring housing during the one week Philadelphia cycle should contact the Continuing Education office at 215-717-6095 to register by phone.

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VIew daily schedule for Philadelphia Summer 2014 program.

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Forms for Accepted Students:

Here are useful informational reference sheets:

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Donna Faye Burchfield

Donna Faye Burchfield

Donna Faye Burchfield has been a professor and director for the School of Dance at the University of the Arts since 2010. Since arriving in Philadelphia, she served on the Dance USA Philadelphia Advisory Board and will serve as a co-chair for the national conference for Dance USA hosted in Philadelphia this June. She has also led the first group of UArts students to participate in the Arsenale della Danza dance workshop at La Biennale di Venezia. This past winter she led a group of UArts students to the CND with guest artist Douglas Becker. Before arriving at UArts, she worked with the American Dance Festival (ADF) for 28 years, serving as dean for over a decade. There she developed curriculum, managed international students exchange programs, hired and recruited festival faculty, lead national and international school recruitment efforts, directed the ADF NY Intensive – all in addition to teaching a multitude of courses. She represented the US at numerous international education platforms and conferences. In 2011, upon her departure from the festival, she was awarded the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching.  As professor of Dance at Hollins University (HU) from 1993 to 2010, she developed and directed the HU/ADF MFA program, the Post-Baccalaureate and combined BA/BFA programs in collaboration with the ADF. Teaching and research residencies have included Tunisia, Italy, China, Hong Kong, England, France, Germany, Belgium Austria and Cuba.
Neil Fleming Brown

Neil Fleming Brown

Neil Fleming Brown trained at Anniesland College, Glasgow and Doreen Bird, Kent gaining a (BA) Dance and Theatre Performance. Neil joined Wayne McGregor| Random Dance in 2006 and performed works including "Amu", "Ataxia" and "Entity". Neil has worked with Charles Linehan, Javier De Frutos, Joe Moran and performed in H2 Dance's choral piece "Say Something" at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Neil has recently assisted Benjamin Millepied and worked on a number of creative learning projects for Random Dance including the Opening Ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome and Big Dance 2012 in London's Trafalgar Square.

Meredith Glisson

Meredith Glisson

Meredith Glissonis a multidisciplinary performing artist and teacher, who received her post baccalaureate in advanced studies in 2010, la Formation Supérieure de l’Interprète à l’Auteur, at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape/CompagnieMaguy Marin in partnership with l’Université Lumière Lyon 2. In 2005 she received her BA in Dance and French at Hollins University under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She was awarded the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio acting scholarship in 2012, 2013 and interned at The Performing Garage with The Wooster Group in 2013. She is a founding member of Chez Bushwick Inc. and served as their foreign correspondent and board member from 2006-09. Her works have been presented in various experimental venues throughout the USA and France. She is a performer and collaborator of The Troupe, a creative production company, directed by Zack Winokur including residencies, performances and teaching opportunities at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mt. Tremper Arts, Summer Stages Dance and The Yard. She has participated in performance workshops with Jan Lauwers at La Biennale di Venezia and Gisèle Vienne at l’Atelier de Carolyn Carlson. She has been a Master Lecturer in composition and performance courses at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 2011.

Sara Procopio

Sara Procopio

Sara Procopio is a dancer, teacher, arts administrator and a founding member and former Artistic Associate of Shen Wei Dance Arts (2000-2012). Sara has performed and taught at renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. As an independent teaching artist, she has taught at colleges and universities across the country, several studios in New York City and internationally at the Korea International Dance Festival in Seoul and the Paolo Grassi School of Milan. Sara has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival since 2008 and served as adjunct faculty at The University of the Arts since 2011. She has also created choreographic work for young artists at Greenville Fine Arts Center and BAXco at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Currently, Sara serves as Coordinator of Dance Study Cycles and performs in the work of choreographer/media artist Jonah Bokaer and as a guest artist with Shen Wei Dance Arts.

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The UArts Dance Study Cycles is coordinated by the School of Dance at the University of the Arts, with application and related administrative processing through the Division of Continuing Studies.

For additional information, please contact Karyn Tufarolo, Assistant Director of Adult + Professional Programs.

Phone: 215.717.6431                       
Fax: 215.717.6538

Continuing Education
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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About the School of Dance at the University of the Arts

The School of Dance at the University of the Arts is the largest undergraduate Dance program in the United States, with exceptionally creative and talented students taught by award-winning faculty and visiting artists. Under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, the School offers BFA degree programs, including an innovative new curriculum that prepares students for the 21st century world of professional dance, offering the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions within their own practice, valuing their voices as capable of developing new and critical perspectives in dance.

Established in 1876, the University of the Arts is one of the nation's only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts and design. Our innovative, flexible approach to developing artists and designers acts as a catalyst for their creativity — to connect, collaborate and create across disciplines and traditional boundaries, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities.  With 41 undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the School of Art, School of Design and School of Film in the College of Art, Media & Design; the School of Dance, the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts and the School of Music in the College of Performing Arts; and the Division of Liberal Arts, our more than 2,100 students immerse themselves in a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that prepares them to be the creative leaders of tomorrow.

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