Friday, February 26, 2010

Sherry Zunker - Here At UI Dance!

Sherry Zunker is the Founding Director of Aylet Creative a newly formed entertainment division of Aylet Incorporated. Sherry has developed a creative entourage that consults and facilitates new artistic and entertainment products. Her creative team is also an entertainment resource, which nurtures and connects talent to the professional world. Ms Zunker is perhaps best known for her work as Co-Artistic Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. Sherry joined River North Chicago as artistic director in 1990. She choreographed numerous works for the company, one of them being the signature piece “Reality of a Dreamer” which also became the finale piece for the award winning televised documentary of the same name. Sherry also commissioned the work of many choreographers to compile the Company’s diverse, engaging repertoire. Ms. Zunker has set her works on several companies including The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
Her choreography and direction outside of the concert dance realm encompasses musical productions, commercials, music videos, and live industrial shows. During the last decade Ms. Zunker has conceptualized, choreographed or directed over 30 production shows for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for Cirque D'Or, Golden Dragon Acrobats are on sale now! All TicketsWest outlets, or call 800-325-7328. $14-$30

March 28, 3:00
WSU Beasley Coliseum

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FREE Dance Workshop!

The University of Idaho Center for Dance is bringing world-renowed Jazz Dance artist Sherry Zunker to the Inland Northwest! Besides teaching movement clinics for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and choreographing a dance for the university, Zunker will be teaching a Jazz Dance Workshop geared towards upper level jazz dancers and teachers the weekend of Jazz Festival. This workshop is free to the public. Included in this workshop will be a Jazz Dance Pedagogy class for current and future jazz dance teachers and an open rehearsal of Zunker choreographing a lively new dance to the song, Sind Sing Sing.

25 dancers only. Pre-registration is requested. Those needing accomodations for the weekend should visit the Jazz Festival website at For more info please contact Greg Halloran at

Funded throught the University of Idaho Center for Dance by the Florence Wasmer Fund for the Arts and Culture of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Monday, February 8, 2010

VPLAC Supports Cirque D'Or!

WSU's VPLAC has decided to sponsor Cirque D'Or as well as Manding Jata. VPLAC (Visual, Performing, Literary, Arts Community) provides support to local arts organizations - and boy are we thankful for the funding!

VPLAC has a 25 year history of bringing thought-provoking, art, cultural events, and unique personalities to the Washington State University campus. VPLAC is committed to sponsoring programs that embody the increasingly diverse artistic and cultural influences we find in today’s world. In tandem with multicultural student organizations and WSU liberal arts disciplines, VPLAC searches for the best concerts, recitals, lectures, films, readings, events, performers, and exhibits to connect WSU and our Palouse regional community with the world at large.
In addition, VPLAC awards several competitive grants annually to directly support student-produced cultural events and other WSU functions.

Is is a pleasure working with the committee and co-chairs, Jerry McCollum and Dan Watson.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A simple way to support the performing arts...

We have something new and exciting we'd like to share with you! It's the new Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association toolbar - once added to IE or Firefox, each time you shop at more than 1,300 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle!) a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association - at no cost to you (and you may even save money as the toolbar provides coupons and deals as well!). The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to Festival Dance and Performing Arts Association.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Gearing up for the Chinese Acrobats!

We are getting very excited about the Golden Dragon Acrobats! This is a part of Festival Dance that I LOVE! Bringing world-class performances to the area is so rewarding. The Golden Dragon Acrobats will be presenting Cirque D'Or; representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago. The company has traveled around the world to all 50 states and to over 65 countries performing their awesome feats of athleticism. Acrobatics, exciting costumes, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques all combine to present a show of exquisite skill and beauty. And I mean exquisite. Awe inspiring! Watch the video for spine tingling and jaw-dropping proof!

Yours in dance,