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Dance students, faculty attend international festival in Mexico
5/22/09

This spring, Alfred University dance faculty members D. Chase Angier and Robert Bingham brought nine students minoring in dance to Puebla, Mexico, to participate in the Performatica International Contemporary Dance Festival.

The festival draws dance artists from around the world to share knowledge through performances, workshops and paper presentations.

The Alfred University students performed in dances created by Angier and Bingham, and attended workshops in dance technique, composition, and improvisation.

The participating students were Zhenia Bemko from Cranford, NJ; Jess Davies, Corning; Caylin Janet, Rockville, MD; Saki Kitahara, Japan; Mellie Lonnemann, Indianapolis, IN; Ami Proscia, Webster; and Emily Smith and Laura Smith from Pine Island.
Bemko; Lindsay Sherman from Morgantown, PA; and Emily and Laura Smith performed in Angier’s “Con Queso,” and Davies, Janet, Kitahara, Lonnemann, and Proscia performed in Bingham’s “/5/.”

In addition to presenting their choreography, Angier and Bingham taught workshops to predominately Spanish-speaking students in image-based composition and in dance technique based in kalaripayettu, a South Indian martial arts form. Angier also presented a paper titled “Entering the Art Gallery through the Back Door,” which discussed her interdisciplinary practices.

Angier, an assistant professor of dance and the dance program director, has been at Alfred University since 2002. She teaches modern and jazz dance, dance history, and improvisation/composition. Angier is also the director of the AU Dance Theater Company and the Marlin and Ginger Miller Dance Residency Program.

Bingham is a visiting artist-in-residence in dance at Alfred University and collaborates regularly with Angier. He is a featured dancer in the dance-on-film “Broken Images,” which has been shown nationally. His dance and yoga studies take him frequently to India, where he also taught, choreographed, and performed.