February 20, 2018  

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Department of Dance Announces ClancyWorks Residency

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Dance will host the second residency of the spring semester with Maryland-based Adrienne Clancy and her company ClancyWorks. Now through April 21, the well-respected dance company returns to teach additional master classes and partner with Southern Miss dance majors in K-12 educational outreach events.

During the first phase of the residency hosted in February, Clancy instructed master dance classes and lead two professional development seminars designed for K-12 educators in dance and traditional classrooms.

Recognized for her vibrant choreography, master teaching, and committed advocacy for arts in education, Clancy’s residency includes a variety of performance, community, artistic, and educational events.

Julie Hammond White, associate professor and director of dance education, and her colleagues are very excited about the residency and its potential for community collaboration through education and performance. 

“The first week of the residency is a lot about planting seeds,” said White. 

“Collaboration is important.  Clancy has always said, ‘You can do more with others standing next to you than you can by yourself.’”

As part of the residency work done in February, White and Clancy worked to create a K-12 assembly program April 15 for students at two Meridian elementary schools who had never seen a dance performance  that included almost 10 different dance styles.

On April 17-18, more than 1,000 students from 10 K-12 classes in Mississippi and Alabama will participate in specially-designed classes taught by professional dance instructors.

Performance week, scheduled from April 17-April 21 will feature many opportunities for the community to come and enjoy the talents and artistry of ClancyWorks, who will perform as featured guest artists of the USM Repertory Dance Company. 

On April 17 from 3:30-5 p.m., a rehearsal with ClancyWorks is open to the public.  At 1 pm on Sunday, April 21, the public is invited to attend an informational curtain talk.

"The second residency is designed to reach a diversity of audiences through its many educational and performance events," said Kelly Ferris Lester, assistant professor. 

Lester, along with White, were instrumental in coordinating this residency and outreach program and agree that continuing to build these relationships in the community beyond the ClancyWorks residency will serve to benefit the Southern Miss and Hattiesburg-area community. 

This ClancyWorks residency is funded in part by grants received from Partners for the Arts, SouthArts, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.  For more information on the Southern Miss ClancyWorks Residency, contact the Department of Dance by calling 601.266.4161 or by visiting www.usm.edu/dance.