October 25, 2001
Dale Scholl's Dance/Art turns 20
heart - and her feet - were born in the right place because
before she was walking and talking, she was dancing. And this
year, she celebrates the 20th anniversary of her professional
dance troupe, Dale Scholl's Dance/Art.
"I have been dancing my entire life. In fact, I don't
ever remember not dancing," says California State University,
Sacramento dance professor Dale Scholl. "My mother owned
a dance studio, so I grew up dancing, and I have never thought
of doing anything else."
After spending every possible moment in her mother's studio,
dancing and choreographing routines, Scholl studied dance
at the University of Indiana. In 1977, Scholl came to CSUS
and at the time, the University's dance program consisted
of a couple basic ballet and performance classes.
"I was basically hired to develop the dance program.
I spent three years developing the curriculum, with a lot
of support from the campus and the community," she says.
Today the CSUS dance program is an integral part of the University's
theatre and dance department and it offers a wide variety
of jazz, modern and ballet dance classes as well as choreography,
dance history and performance classes.
"Even though the classes were limited in the beginning,
there was a desire for more. And this was great, because I
am the kind of person that likes to know people are committed
to dance," Scholl says.
Scholl's Dance/Art opens its 20th season with "Divine
Divas," a tribute to legendary women from the music industry
at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1.
Artists - such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Tuner and Madonna
- that have inspired legions of people from all walks of life
stirred Scholl to create new choreography for the show.
The first of Scholl's new works included in the program is
entitled "Chain of Fools," and features Turner's
"What's Love Got to do With It?" and "I Can't
Stand the Rain," as well as Franklin's "Respect."
These songs set the mood for a passionate dance piece with
polished choreography. Scholl's second contribution to the
show is called "Crazy," a whimsical tribute to Pasty
On the other end of the musical spectrum, choreographer Eric
Vianelle found inspiration for new dance pieces in the rock
music of Annie Lennox's "Little Bird" and "Cold."
The program is completed by Joseph Candelaria's dance set
to pop icon Madonna's "Express Yourself."
"Divine Divas" runs at 8 p.m., Nov. 1 through Nov.
17 in the CSUS Dancespace in Solano Hall. Tickets are $8 -
15 and are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public
affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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