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This course offers students an opportunity to explore dance making in a playful laboratory setting. We will engage a variety of tactics (both tried and untrue as well as unlikely) that aim us toward confronting aesthetic biases while also offering some practical first step dance making tools.
Sara Hook toured the world as a member of the Nikolais Dance Theater and has been a frequent guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and The Bang Group. Her choreography has been produced throughout the US and in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Recent venues for her work include the DancenowNYC Festival at Dance Theater Workshop in New York and the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. She has also toured widely as a guest artist at universities. Hook holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an MFA from NYU, and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Currently she is professor of dance and the MFA program director for Dance at Illinois where she actively promotes the synergistic relationship between the professional and academic arenas of the dance field.