Shay Ishii Dance Company presents mending, a modern dance concert honoring our many individual and collective paths to healing old wounds and ongoing heartaches and traumas. The program highlights the choreography of SIDC company members, Shay Hartung, LeAnne Smith, Amanda McCorkle, Michelle Nance, guest artists Ellen Bartel and Reagan Wells and a live performance by musician/composer, Richard G. Hall.
Mending celebrates our resilience, compassion and humanity that enable us to make it through… The hour-long performance will include a short talk back, inviting attendees to dialogue with the choreographers in an intimate and relaxed format.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Bravo Theatre of Balance Studio
4544 S Lamar Blvd
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Austin, TX 78745
Tickets available at the door and through the ticket link.
Parking is free. Entry is through the double glass doors that face Westgate Blvd!
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Samantha Furry Bridges has danced with Shay Hartung for nearly two decades, and is immensely grateful for the chance to create, laugh, and perform alongside these wonderfully wise women and mentors. She works as a freelance corporate writer and loves adventuring around with her husband and daughter in Austin, Texas.
Amanda McCorkle, MFA, is an award-winning choreographer, performer and teacher from Austin, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from Texas State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Amanda has performed the works of talented choreographers such as: Bebe Miller, Erick Hawkins, Maureen Freehill, Sarah Gamblin, Caroline Sutton, Andrea Ariel, Sally Jacques, Ellen Bartel, and Rosemary Candelario. In 2006 she became a founding member of the Shay Ishii Dance Company. She has performed nationally and internationally at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Her choreography has been commissioned and performed in many different settings including Bedford, England, The Scotland Fringe Festival, The Austin Fringe Festival, the American College Dance Festival, the Exchange Choreography Festival in Oklahoma, and many more. She is currently a Lecturer in the Dance Division at Texas State University, and is the Head of the Bachelors of Arts program in Dance.
In 2017, Amanda founded Art in the Park and has served as Artistic Director since. This annual series is a collection of multi-disciplinary, site-specific works that strive to emphasize the human connection to nature and felt sense of place that is often forgotten in today’s world.
Currently, Amanda’s research interests are centered around teaching movement integration from a somatic perspective. She is committed to celebrating the value and beauty of every person, and to facilitating movers in their experiential journey through the body.
Michelle Nance, Professor and Director of Dance at Texas State University, has enjoyed many years of devising dance works collaboratively with colleagues and students; as well as performing in the U.S. and abroad. She has danced with the Shay Ishii Dance Company since 2004 and is thrilled to take part in “Mending”. Michelle has studied and taught the technique of Erick Hawkins extensively, and served as the Assistant School Director for the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in the mid-1990s. She also enjoys dabbling in improvisation, site-specific dance, somatic practices, and collaborations in screendance. She holds a MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
LeAnne Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a Professor of Dance at Texas State University where she has been a faculty member since 1983. Directing the program for 13 years, LeAnne moved into “phased” retirement in May 2022, and is delighted continue teaching Dance Kinesiology. She serves as the Artistic Director for Opening Door Dance Theatre, founded with Karen Earl and Sandy Rodriquez in 1984. She has danced the works of Erick Hawkins, Louis Kavouras, Wendy Hambidge, Michelle Nance, and Shay Ishii, among others. Her choreography has been presented throughout the United States, San Jose/Costa Rica, Edinburgh/Scotland, Giessen/Germany, Paris/France, and Athens/Greece. LeAnne continues to choreograph and perform as a member of the Shay Ishii Dance Company. In collaboration with the Erick Hawkins Dance Foundation, she works to maintain the Hawkins’ archives as a founding member of Hawkins West Institute. In July 2016, LeAnne served as the on-site coordinator for the Body Mind Centering North American International Conference, and in September 2016 served as coordinator and dance liaison for Engagement: Philosophy and Dance International Symposium, both held at Texas State University. She was also a member of the Academic Course Guide Manual Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. As the granddaughter of Oakley Smith, LeAnne was a featured speaker at the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for both the Scandinavian University-College of Manual Medicine in Stockholm in 2007, and the National College of Naprapathic Medicine, Chicago in 2008. In 2009 she was again asked to speak at the Graduation Ceremony for the Scandinavian University-College of Manual Medicine. A recipient of the Texas State Presidential Award for Scholarly/Creative Activities, LeAnne has actively choreographed and performed throughout her 4-decade career. Additionally, Somatic Studies continue to be a vital part of her ongoing practical research. LeAnne resides in San Marcos, Texas with several four footed companions.
Ellen Bartel MFA, CMA, RSME, Moving For Life™ cancer exercise specialist, and is an award winning independent choreographer and an established dancer and teacher in Austin, Texas. She is the program director of Somatic Movement Education Training at Austin Community College and. has recently served as the Interim Education Coordinator and Assistant Instructor at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, also as a facilitator of creative and somatic approaches to grief while in NYC and in Austin, and previously has been a peer review dance panelist and Creative Ambassador both for the City of Austin. Over the past couple of decades Ellen has been recognized as a creative force in central Texas receiving accolades such as “Dance Mobilizer,” from the Austin Chronicle, “Fortunate 500” (top 500 people to know in Austin) from Austin American Statesman, a Critic’s Choice Award for “Dancing through the Pain,” and was also in the running for multiple “Best Of” nominations in the Austin Chronicle.
Ellen has been a dance educator for over three decades teaching in Central Texas and New York and instructing locally at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Saint Edwards University and Austin Community College. She integrates contemporary dance techniques such as Humphrey-Limón, release technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals into her beginning and intermediate modern classes. Ellen is also an experienced improvisor, and teaches improvisation as a tool for choreographic inquiry and as a performance practice. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and continues to choreograph original work and teach independently in Austin.
Richard Hall is a musician, composer, animator, and music educator based in central Texas. His main interest is performing live laptop “art” music in concert settings. Richard has performed at several national and international conferences and festivals including those sponsored by the College Music Society, the National Association of Composers USA, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, the International Society of Improvising Musicians, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the Texas Society of Music Theorists. His music has also been featured at conferences by the National Flute Association, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Vox Novus 60x60 Contemporary Music Project, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival and the International Computer Music Association as wells as the Sonic Art Oxford Festival in England and the LOOP Video Art Festival in Spain. His electronic music has been used at art museums in many major US and European cities. He has also created several animated Digital Art works that have been featured in numerous national and international performances.
Richard has received numerous commissions throughout the country, scored several independent films, written for television series, documentaries and theatrical productions and has pieces published by Dorn Publications and GoFish Music. His 2019 piece Desert Waves, Wilderness of Water for saxophone and electronics and 2014 score for the Spanish film drama "Viva La Reina De La Muerte" both won medals from the Global Music Awards, a peer reviewed, prestigious international music competition. In 2020, he was co-composer for the screen-dance film, "THULE," which won Best Original Score at the Frostbite Film Festival and in 2011, his music score for the theatrical production "Electra," won an award for Excellence in Musical Score from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. His music has also been recorded by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for ERM Media and the Wild Basin Winds with the Emmy award-winning children's group The Biscuit Brothers. He is also the recipient of several ASCAP Plus Awards grants. His musical collaborations with dancers have been featured in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Romania, Scotland, Guatemala, Egypt, South Korea, India, Iran and Berlin, Germany. He has published software and book reviews for the South Central Music Bulletin for which he was also the music graphics editor. Richard is currently a Senior Lecturer of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos. His teaching duties include Composition, Electronic Composition, Music Technology, and Humanities. He also directs the Texas State Mysterium for New Music Ensemble. richallmusic.com
Reagan Wells is a dancer and aspiring teacher in the San Marcos area. Reagan earned her Associate of Fine Arts from Kilgore College and is currently working on obtaining a BFA in Dance with a teacher’s certification from Texas State University. Reagan grew up within the walls of a dance studio and quickly found a home in the art form. In high school she served as captain for her drill team and was an All-State dancer at the 2018 TDEA convention. While at Kilgore College, Reagan had the honor of being a “World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette” on the seventy-ninth line. While on the team, she performed abroad in Italy and England as well as appeared in the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performing choreography by “NAPPYTABS” and two Goodyear Cotton Bowl games. Reagan is studio and intensive trained in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. Reagan’s main passion is in teaching and choreographing. Reagan has had the opportunity to choreograph and teach for several studio groups, soloists, and high school drill teams and these works have been performed across the East and South Texas areas. Reagan’s main hope is always build genuine connections through the art and storytelling of dance.