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October 25, 2001

Dale Scholl's Dance/Art turns 20

Dale Scholl DanceArt will perform "Divine Divas" three weekends in November.  Photo/Joan Liddicoat Her 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 Cline.

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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