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The Other Side of Glory

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This past summer I was one of three artists selected to participate in the first ever Moving Current Dance Collective/New Grounds Choreographic Residency at the 2011 Florida Dance Festival. This two-week intensive program involved working closely with dancers, choreographers, and choreographic mentors to develop and create work. The creative process began with the physical investigation of giving and receiving support. This “support” could be given through the dancer’s body, and many interesting images emerged in the studio as I asked them to move one another with only their head or allow someone to carry their weight. These simple tasks were the starting point from which we created the movement vocabulary.

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Elana Lanczi, M.F.A., assistant professor at the college, is a dancer and choreographer originally from Boston. She has performed internationally in both South Korea and Brazil, and nationally with noted choreographers Sean Curran, Katie Duck, Anita Gonzalez, Li Chiao-Ping, Lionel Popkin, Merian Soto, and Maida Withers, in venues such as the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival and Judson Church, among others. Her own choreography is influenced by the investigation of contemporary and improvisational dance forms and has been performed throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and Florida. In 2004 and 2005, she received commissions from Tigertail Productions to perform and travel to Germany and Mexico. Recently, she was co-choreographer and site director for the Florida Waterways Dance Project and a performer in Heather Maloney’s Vertical Sprawl at the 2011 Florida Dance Festival, where she was also a choreographer in-residence. In 2012, she will present new work as part of the INKUB8 2011–2012 season in Miami and at Movement Research’s Open Performance Series in New York. Lanczi earned a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University. At NSU, she also serves as chair of college's dance major.

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