Missouri Valley College

Repertory Dance Ensemble

Repertory Dance EnsembleThe Missouri Valley College Repertory Dance Ensemble provides performance, choreographic and pre-production opportunities for our students throughout the year. The ensemble's broad repertoire consists of modern, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and ethnic dance works. RDE works collaboratively with musicians, guest artists and the community. Its mission is to give students an excellent concert dance experience and to bring dance to the local community. For information on upcoming performances see the Production Calendar.

2017-2018 Guest Choreographers

Lane Gifford

Lane Gifford is artistic director of LaneCoArts, a New York based multi-arts company that examines the intersecting relationship between dance, theater and the visual arts. In her dance theater works, choreographer Lane Gifford explores the concept of communication in today's technologically driven world through a self-referential process of collaboration with other artists where the juxtaposed creative languages, engender a process of essential interchange, communication and cross-pollination. The goal is to connect with today's audience through meaningful social commentary and physically charged dance dramas. The mission of the company is to create a rich and dynamic dialogue that fuses a distinctive movement aesthetic, deep emotional exploration and stimulating visual and dramatic narrative components. Lane's working methods involve a strong collaborative ethic that includes improvisational and dramatic movement investigations and active relationships with composers, visual artists and filmmakers.

Lane Gifford first studied dance at The Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA. She received a BFA in dance performance and an MFA specializing in choreography from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In 2006 she founded LaneCoArts. Performances include: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Le Poisson Rouge, New York Theater Workshop, Boston Center For The Arts residency and performance, Dance New Amsterdam RAW Directions, American Dance Guild, Battery Dance Festival, University Settlement, ITE Festival, Bryant Park Festival, Northeast Choreographer Residency, Dance Place (Washington DC), Kaatsbaan International Dance Center Residency and 92st Y / Wave Rising Series. Commissioned projects include McKnight Artist Fellowship, University of Kansas Fellowship, Southern Utah University, Ballet Nouveau Colorado/Redline Gallery and Joffrey Ballet School. Lane Gifford was a finalist in Western Michigan University 2015 National Choreography Competition.

Awards include: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for Dance Place performances (Special Presenters Initiative program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Grant, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) Grant, Professional Incentive Award (Columbia University), Outstanding MFA Award (Purchase College) and French Cultural Service/Government Grant (Paris, France).

Jo Byrnes

Jo Byrnes has undergraduate degrees from Kansas State University, and a M.F.A. degree in Dance and Related Arts from Texas Woman's University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in private studios, public schools, and at the college level. She was a founding member and artistic director of a.musing.dance.company and the Instant Dance Project. She has choreographed and performed with various companies and independent artists in the Dallas, Texas and Boise, Idaho areas. Currently, Jo is an Associate Professor of Dance at Cottey College, in Nevada, MO. She coordinates the Dance Program, directs the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company, and is the Fine Arts Division Chair.

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