Contributor: Jennifer Stahl
THE SHARON DISNEY LUND
SCHOOL OF DANCE
Stephan Koplowitz, Dean
BFA IN DANCE
MFA IN CHOREOGRAPHY
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YOUR VISION HERE
Jacques Heim (MFA ‘91)
Founder and Artistic Director of Diavolo / Architecture in Motion
My time at CalArts defned who I became as an Artist. CalArts gave me the
freedom to experience, the training to grow and the support to excel. A year
after I graduated, I founded my company: Diavolo/Architecture in Motion,
which now tours the world speaking in the language of movement that I
developed as part of my Master’s Thesis.
Dallas McMurray (BFA’ 06)
Dancer for Mark Morris Dance Group
At CalArts, I was able to form meaningful relationships with the faculty.
Being able to work closely with each faculty member, and getting personalized attention and feedback, pushed me to reach my full potential. Not only
as a dancer, but as an artist.
Mersiha Mesihovic (BFA ‘ 12)
founder and artistic director of CircuitDebris
CalArts gives you the opportunity to fully develop yourself as a dance artist;
From studying with “dance heavy’weights”, true master teachers, to making interdisciplinary work and collaborating with artists from all art forms.
At CalArts you can bring all of your artistic visions to life...it is truly an
Crystaldawn Bell (BFA ‘08)
Dancer for Robert Moses Kin
CalArts was, by far, the best four years of my dancing life. The faculty and
students created a welcoming and safe place for us to try new things, make
mistakes, and grow. After graduating the Sharon Disney Lund School of
Dance, I felt equipped with the necessary knowledge to confdently venture
into the dance world and embark on a path that I felt was right for me.
Kate Weare (BFA ‘94)
Founder and Artistic Director of Kate Weare Company
The culture at CalArts encouraged me to defne my own rules as an artist.
CalArts was an environment where I was free to try out all of my ideas, good,
bad and everything in between. This process of trial and error helps form
artists and over time I believe sustains them.
Even if you avoid fast food, a takeout habit can wreck
an otherwise nutritious diet: The average meal from
small-scale chains or independent restaurants has
1,327 calories, according to a study published in JAMA
The Power of Dance
Mark Morris Dance Group launched its Dance for
Parkinson’s Disease program in 2001 to help patients
who suffer from the nervous system disorder. Since
then, classes have expanded to more than 100
sites in 13 countries. A recent study published in
the Journal of Neural Transmission followed 14
new Dance for PD participants to research just
how effective the program actually is. After taking
16 classes over the course of eight weeks, the
participants showed: · 10. 4 percent improvement in overall movement · 26. 7 percent improvement in walking · 18. 5 percent improvement in tremors
Participants also reported an improved quality of life
from the increased control over their bodies and the
emotional rewards of moving to music—something
that any dancer, no matter how mobile or not, can
leads a Dance
for PD class.