NANCY WANICH-ROMITA SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE 2010 TOWSON UNIVERSITY, FACULTY, ALUMNI VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD.
Dance department faculty, Nancy Wanich-Romita has been selected to receive the 2010 Towson University, Faculty Alumni Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of the support she have given to the Dance Department in engaging alumni to participate and contribute, particularly in regard to the Fall concert and fund raising event, 25 years of Movin' it at TU. Romita said, "The award really goes to the many, many volunteers, audience members, and contributors." Nancy would like to to thank all the faculty, staff, alums, friends and supporters of the TU Dance department, who helped create and support this event.
TOWSON UNIVERSITY DANCE ACCOMPANISTS INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE KENNEDY CENTER.
Jason Armstrong Baker, is a Baltimore-based percussionist and music therapist. Mr. Baker is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia Maryland 1993; a graduate of Berklee College of Music 1999, and he was awarded a music therapy graduate certificate from Shenandoah University in 2006. In addition to Jason Armstrong Baker, Baltimore-based Vocal Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero will accompany Prudence during the VSA Festival Opening. Shodekeh is a recent recipient of the Baker Artist Award and is the director of “Embody: A Festival of the Vocal Arts”. Mr. Baker and Shodekeh have performed and recorded together on numerous projects.
BFA Dance Major Kelly Stevens has been accepted to attend the Rockette Summer Intensive at Radio City Music Hall on Scholarship June 27 - July 2, 2010.
Professor Vincent Thomas / VT Dance received was honored with the 2009 Metro DC Dance Award for Overall Production/Small Venue and 2010 award from the Maryland State Arts Council in Solo Performance.
Professor Nancy Romita selected as a Presenter for the prestigious American Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique Annual Conference in June, 2010 in Michigan. Ms. Romita will also be presenting choreography at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 10th anniversary celebration of the labyrinth installation. (The concept and implementation of the installation was her MFA project 10 years ago, as written about in Daniel Pink's book, A whole New Mind) This performance is free to the public and occurs on June 16.
Brittany Eberly, Double Major in Dance and Chemistry, is the recipient of the SAACS Scholarship.
Professor Sandra Perez and Towson University K-12 dance education majors brought their talent to the classroom as part of the University’s plan to reach out to local Baltimore schools. The all-female class of Towson dancers will be creating lesson plans throughout the semester that incorporate the middle school’s various curriculum factors, such as rock cycles and weather conditions. They choreographed movement to teach earth science to a class of 30 sixth grade boys at Chinquapin Middle School in Baltimore. Also Professor Perez took Foundational Ballet Class and the Modern Repertory class of the TU Dance Department to present Water Cycle: The Dance performed at Rodgers Forge Elementary School. This piece taught fifth graders the cycle of water on earth and illustrated how dance can represent ideas in the sciences through the arts.