Sponsored by the UVU Department of Dance and the School of the Arts, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will conduct a three day residency at Utah Valley University January 11-13. The residency will include master classes and lecture demonstrations for students in the Department of Dance and in Elementary Education dance courses. Highlights of the residency include master workshops taught by the current Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, as well as the founder and former Co-Artistic Director Joan Woodbury. The residency will culminate in a formal concert January 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakeridge Jr. High School Theatre, 951 South 400 West Orem, Utah. Tickets are $6.00 for students and faculty and $10.00 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Campus Connection 801-863-8797 or at the door the evening of the concert.
Founded by Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has become a Utah institution and is recognized as a successful modern dance company combining formal performances and community residencies. Ririe-Woodbury first gained national recognition through the National Endowment's Artists In Schools and Dance Touring Programs.
In 2002, Charlotte Boye-Christensen joined Ririe-Woodbury as Associate Artistic Director and since then has choreographed over 15 works. In 2003 the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Ririe-Woodbury as the dance company to house the works of modern dance innovator Alwin Nikolais.
Ririe-Woodbury is known for its tremendous work in the education system of Utah. Their Step Lively is a statewide program aimed at assisting classroom teachers in meeting the objectives of the Utah Fine Arts Core Curriculum. Ririe-Woodbury has pioneered dance education in Utah and throughout the United States.
For information on the Department of Dance at Utah Valley University, see uvu.edu/dance