Monday, February 20, 2012

Welcome guest choreographer Luc Vanier, in residence at UWSP February 19-24!

Luc is an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and the recipient of the 2009 Wisconsin Arts Board Award for Choreography.  Originally from Montreal, he studied at L'Ecole  Superieur du Quebec under Daniel Seillier.  In 1998, he retired from Ohio Ballet having danced a variety of roles such as the Workman in Kurt Jooss’ Big City, the Third Song of Tudor’s Dark Elegies, as well as the leads in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Paul Taylor’s Aureole among others.  Mr. Vanier was also a company choreographer; his dance Square Play, with a score by Libby Larson, was presented as part of the company’s 1995 Joyce season in NYC. His latest interactive work “Sur_Rendered” premiered with the Milwaukee Ballet January 2010.  He both received his MFA at the University of Illinois (top ten dance program in US News) and became a certified Alexander teacher in 2001. His research on linking the Alexander Technique, developmental movement and Ballet is at the forefront of integrating somatic work into dance curriculum and has been presented at various conferences and workshops throughout the US, Russia, Australia and the Netherlands.  His book Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link was published June 2011 by the University of Illinois Press.  Luc also partners with Elizabeth Johnson as a dancer and Associate Director of the hybrid Ballet/Modern dance theater company Your Mother Dances.  For more information visit

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