COC, Hart District students will both have opportunity to
learn from prestigious dance company.
As part of the ongoing K-12 arts education outreach program
offered by the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons
(PAC), the dance company Diavolo will present a special performance and set of
accompanying master class opportunities for Santa Clarita Valley students.
Founded in 1992 in Los Angeles
by Jacques Heim, Diavolo is a professional modern dance company with a mission
to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances that examine the funny and
frightening ways individuals act within their environment.
Performances include the talents of dancers, gymnasts and
actors all interacting on stage with outrageous and surrealistic props and
sets, to create an almost cinematic experience. By continually pushing the
boundaries of both the performer and the stage, Diavolo has captivated audiences
around the world.
In line with its mission, Diavolo has also become an
exemplary teaching institution, featuring experienced artists/teachers who have
graduated from some of the country’s finest dance institutions.
As a prelude to the PAC Diavolo performance on Saturday
November 1, company artists will interact with students from the College of the
Canyons dance department in the first of two master class opportunities on
Designed for the professional and pre-professional dance-track
student, Diavolo hosts master classes traditionally featuring lessons in trust,
teamwork, physicality and artistry. In addition, all master classes will
incorporate a “creation” aspect, where students will take learned vocabulary
and elements of dance and create a short phrase, either with partners or in
On Friday morning, October 31, approximately 600 local
junior high and high school students from the William S. Hart Union school
district will be treated to a special Diavolo education performance as part of
the college’s ongoing arts education outreach program.
A second Diavolo master class will provide a dozen local
high school students with the opportunity to work alongside professional
artists from the dance company, in a format similar to that enjoyed by the
college’s dance students. This second master class will also include the
presence of selected College of the Canyons dance students, who will serve as
mentors to their high school aged counterparts.
“One goal of these events is to develop and to sustain
educational collaboration between College of the Canyons’ dance students and
the Hart district dance students,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, College of the Canyons’
Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. “We’re looking forward to help sponsor future
creative opportunities for professional and student growth and to enrich and
expand the learning experiences for participants at all ages and all stages.”
All Diavolo master classes and special performance
arrangements are made possible thanks to a donation from the Found Penny
“We are thrilled that the Found Penny Foundation is
supporting the PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach program,” said Adam Philipson,
PAC managing director. “This generous donation will allow College of the
Canyons and the PAC to make a strong and lasting impression in the program’s
pilot year, and will greatly impact the ways in which we are able to reach out
to more local students and provide exposure to the arts.”
The PAC’s K-12 arts education outreach program seeks to use
the college’s vast cultural and community resources to expose students to the
visual and performing arts, while also collaborating with teachers and
administrators in school districts throughout the area to develop an enhanced
arts education curriculum, and a variety of unique educational opportunities
for all students.
Tickets for the 8 p.m.
Diavolo performance on Saturday November 1 can be purchased online at www.canyonspac.com  or by calling the PAC
box office at (661) 362-5304.
For more information about the Santa Clarita Performing Arts
Center at College of the Canyons K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to get
involved please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.