Karen Grundy, artist director of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and members of her company were on campus today demonstrating the moves that make her modern dances so unique.
Grundy has been working with Stephens dance students for about seven weeks as a guest artist. The training culminated today with demonstrations from both professional and student dancers. v
Grundy’s contemporary ballet combines ballet foundations with routines that emphasize core strengths and amazing stretching abilities. Students from the Stephens College Children’s School joined Stephens students and staff for the performances, which included excerpts from the company’s upcoming production of CRAVE, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 at the Missouri Theatre.
During a question and answer session following the performances, one SCCS child asked Grundy how the dancers do what they do.
“Lots and lots and lots of training,” Grundy replied. “We rehearse everyday.”
Stephens’ three-year, two-summer dance program hosts guest artists throughout the year. Grundy said the most rewarding aspect of serving as a guest is watching the students grow.
“Seeing the progress and seeing the strength—that’s always the best part,” she said. “Seeing the results.”
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