This afternoon TPS students in the Swing Dance in History and Practice intensive partnered with dance professionals Debbie Ramsey and Kate Mattingly to host a program for all middle schoolers. There were demonstrations, instruction, a little bit of history, and a lot of dancing fun!
Debbie Ramsey is co-founder of Music And Dance Productions and a member of the Swing Dance Hall of Fame. With over 39 years experience as a professional choreographer, actor, dancer and educator, she is a three Time Winner of the Feather Award for “Top Female Teacher in the United States”. Debbie travels nationally and internationally, instructing at teacher training seminars and educating thousands of dancers each year in the art of dance.
Kate Mattingly is a professor of dance at Utah State University. She has a B.A. in architecture fromPrinceton University, an M.F.A. in dance from New York University, and a Ph.D. in performance studies from University of California, Berkeley. As a dance critic and evaluator for New York Times, the Village Voice, the N.E.A. and myriad other publications and honorary committees, she brings a wealth of experience in the analysis of contemporary dance. Her cross-disciplinary approach to movement includes an ongoing interest in architecture, in flash mobs, and in the social effects of new technologies.
Middle schoolers in the intensive have been preparing to run this program for the past three weeks.