Karen Schupp Dance

making, educating, investigating

 
 

ONGOING PROJECTS:


IN IT TO WIN!


Take yourself back to the late eighties, 1987 to be specific, where you will meet Miss Karen. Miss Karen is the persona that I embody as I describe my experiences of growing up (literally) in a competition dance studio in the 1980s and 1990s. Old competition dances from the late 80s and early 90s are recreated, revised, and revisited to take viewers on a “totally radical” journey through my childhood and early adulthood, while revealing the positive and not-so positive aspects of participating in this cultural phenomenon.


Karen received a United States Artist Project grant to fund the first phase of this project. Stay tuned for Phase II in 2014.


To learn more about the project and view Phase I, visit In It To Win.



INTRODUCTION TO STUDYING DANCE ON CAMPUS: DANCING ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND (Working Title)


Karen is currently working on a textbook for college dance students. The goal of the book is to help first year dance students (majors, minors, and those interested in dance) understand the purposes of studying dance on campus, and how that relates to the larger dance field. The book is scheduled for publication in 2014.



WESTERN DOOR/POWER TRAIL


Karen was a 2010 recipient of a prestigious Artist Project Grant, an award funded by the NEA and State of Arizona. Awarded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, this grant supported the development of a new evening-length, multi-disciplinary, site-specific piece, Western Door/Power Trail. To learn more, follow the Western Door/Power Trail Blog. This piece premiered at the Arizona Falls on November 13, 2010.

 

Photo Credits: Tim Trumble, Ken Howie, Yu-Chen Wu, Yeongwen Lee, Alli Dodt