Sunday, September 3, 2017

2017 Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe Casting

UPDATED September 7, 2017

2017 Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe

I apologize for the delay, and unfortunately, the casting is still a bit fluid because I am still trying to coordinate guest artists schedules. Please read carefully and respond appropriately.

A few important notes:

1)    Aaron Gordon will not be setting a work on the troupe this fall. He may be coming to do a master class and when I find out for sure, I will let you know.
2)    Margaret Morris is still working out her schedule so as of the moment we do not know what days and times she will be rehearsing. So, even though I have cast her piece, the cast may change once she sets her schedule. We will hopefully know in the next few days.
3)    Matt Kinney who will be setting a work with the Cry Wheels will be holding a master class on the wheels on Tuesday, September 12th from 6-9pm. This is open for anyone who is interested in trying out the cyr wheels. We will cast his work after that master class to see who is interested. Please send me an email if you think you might attend.
4)    Unexcused absences will not be tolerated and will automatically mean pulling you out of the entire concert. So, please be respectful of others times and commitments.
5)    Finally, please send me an email to immediately, confirming your participation in the troupe and confirm each work that you are in. Look carefully, you may be in more than one work. If you want more or less works, please let me know that as well.

The following is the casting (thus far) for the 2017 Prairie Spirits Winter Dance Concert.  

Anna Erdman—TAP
Mondays- 11:15-1:00 pm (P106)
Rehearsals Begin on Monday, September 11.
Cast:  Riley Beckett Josa Comstock, Jamie Hansen

Lamaiya Lancaster- Contemporary
Wednesdays – 6-9 pm (P106)
Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 6.
Cast: Rachel Buehrer, Gissela Carrillo, Josa Comstock, Ashley Hoffman, Diana Lu, Kelsey Minden, Sabrina Soto

Matt Kinney – Cyr Wheel- Chicago
Tuesdays - 6-9 pm (P103)
Master Class begins Tuesday, September 12: Open to all.
Cast: TBA

Jeannine Potter – Contemporary - Chicago
Saturdays – 11-1 pm. (P106)
Rehearsals begin on Saturday, September 23
Cast: Riley Beckett, Lauren Engert, Ashley Hoffman, Mona Schueler, Emily Smith, Arianna Wenz

Margaret Morris – Contemporary - Chicago
Days/Times: (P103) Tuesdays 4-7 on 9/26; 10/3; 10/10; 10/17; 10/24; 11/14 and (P106) Sundays from 2-5pm on 10/1; 10/8; 10/15; 10/22; 11/12; 11/19

Tentative Cast: TBA

Rachel Johnson –Contemporary- Tulsa
Friday-Sunday, November 3-5.
Cast: Rachel Buehrer Becky DeRosa, , Adrienne Dougherty, Joy Layton, Becka Nieder, Sabrina Soto

Please confirm your participation in all the works you have been cast in or let me know of any changes that you need to be made.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Praire Spirits Dance Troupe Auditions

2017 Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe

Where: P103 (Experimental Theatre)
When: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 7 pm until 9:30 pm

No Shoes Required; but if you have Tap or Jazz shoes bring them.
You do not need to prepare any material ahead of time.

Performance Dates

December 1 @ 7:30 pm
December 2 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm

About Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe

Prairie Spirits, the College of Lake County dance troupe is open to all CLC students and community members and is open to all skill levels. The troupe presents theatrical contemporary dance works along with other dance forms (i.e. tap, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, etc) by professional choreographers.

This year’s guest choreographers include the following: Aaron Gordon (hip hop/jazzfunk/contemporary jazz/LA) is currently performing in the cast of Hamilton in Chicago, Rachel Bruce Johnson  (Contemporary/Oklahoma). Others to be announced shortly.

Participants must be available for all Technical/Dress rehearsal/Performances listed below. [These dates are mandatory. The only exception for missing technical rehearsals is class conflicts; which must be documented with the director well in advanced.] All Performance Dates are mandatory.

·      Tuesday, November 21 (6-10 pm)
·      Monday-Friday, November 27 through December 1 (6-10 pm)
·      Saturday, December 2 (noon- 10 pm)

Rehearsal days/times will be determined once the cast has been set. The days, times, and start dates will vary depending on the choreographer and the availability participants put on the audition form. After the auditions, check the CLC dance blog for casting information.

If you have questions, please contact Valerie Alpert at 847.543.2432 or email

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