50th Anniversary Celebration
Of The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
SUU Convocation, March 6, 2014
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury founded the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 1964, and over the past 50 years the company has performed in every state in the U.S., as well as throughout Europe, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the British Isles. As part of their multi-state tour and SUU’s Convocations the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will be presenting a modern dance creative workshop Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:30am in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. The Dance Company’s Artistic Director Daniel Charon is scheduled to appear as well as SUU dance students.
Joan Woodbury is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and studied as the first Fulbright Scholar in dance with Mary Wigman in Berlin. She was a professor of modern dance at the University of Utah where she taught for 47 years. Joan has choreographed over 100 works in her career and has danced and/or taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States and internationally.
Hailing from southern Utah, Joan Woodbury speaks of beginning her dance career as "a little hayseed from Cedar City, Utah." In 1945 she enrolled at two-year Branch Agricultural College, now Southern Utah University, studying under Cedar City's beloved dance educator LaVeve Whetten. LaVeve encouraged Joan to go on to complete her university education where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
Shirley Ririe is a national leader in the field of dance for children. She was appointed to the committee which developed National Standards for Arts Education K-12 in 1994, has served as the United States delegate to Dance and the Child International and as a consultant for the Association of Instructional Television producing two programs for PBS, and has served on the National Advisory Committee for Young Audiences since 1974.
Daniel Charon is a dance artist who has been active as a choreographer, teacher, and performer since 1995. His performing and choreographic career spans 18 years in which time he performed with numerous dance, opera, and theater companies. He choreographs extensively throughout the country and maintained a project based company in New York City for 10 years. His substantial background in teaching spans over 20 years. Daniel is a B.F.A. graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a 2013 M.F.A graduate in Choreography and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts. He joined the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 2013 and currently serves as the Artistic Director.
The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is committed to furthering contemporary dance as an accessible and valued art form through performance and dance education that raise the standards, deepen the understanding and promote personal connections with dance. The Company pursues this overall vision through performing innovative original works, commissioning choreographers of exceptional talent, providing dance education for all levels and outcomes, touring regionally, nationally, and internationally, training artists as performers, educators, and choreographers and developing dance audiences.
The SUU Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Convocation is presented in conjunction with the Company’s performance for the Cedar City Music Arts Series, scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Heritage Center Theater. For details and ticket information, visit cedarcitymusicarts.org.
Sponsored by SUU’s Department of Academic Affairs, the Convocations Lecture Series presents an array of remarkable leaders, thinkers and innovators whose invaluable contributions challenge and stimulate the minds of SUU’s faculty, staff, students and the general public. Outstanding speakers include United States Senator Harry Reid, playwright Susan Merson, AIDS activist Cleve Jones, award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, visual artist Rick Berry and CNN’s Hero of the Year, Anuradha Koirala.
The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s passion not only includes performing, choreographing, and teaching – it is accompanied by a deep commitment to the value of dance for everybody and its necessity in the education of youth. Attend this special SUU Convocation celebrating one of Utah’s most accomplished cultural jewels. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts.