unleashing tethered spaces from abundant places

First Year Performance Workshop brings the class of 2024 together for the opportunity to dance, collaborate, think, and be, for this specific moment in their college career. At its heart, First-Year Performance Workshop, a capstone experience for all first year students, is about building and fostering community. Through this process they have made visible the possibility of being seen as individuals and work as an ensemble. Students developed solos and re-imagined phrase work in collaboration with one another. With the support of faculty and student mentors and through peer reflection, students were guided toward ways of thinking differently and expansively about movement material and collaborative process. Their solo and group materials took many forms; these dances became texts, illustrations, photographs, playlists, paintings, and videos. The work is a weaving and celebration of these materials, of this process.
Directors / Creative Team 
Katie Swords Thurman
Tommie-Waheed Evans
Jhelan Gordon-Salaam

Rachel Abelenda
Jalilah Alli
Janeè Bell
Jordan Blankenship
Olivia Best
Nella Biacs
Jahnell Boozer
Jayson Britton
Brooke Brookshire
Eduardo J. Cabrera
Lilia Cardosi
Kiki Carruth
Samantha Cobb
Ryann Coleman
Livia Drift
Nicole Flor
Lily Fyfe
Emma Gignac
Megan Hasou
Willow Johns
Jailah Johnson
Abby Kielty
Jade King
Rece Komorn
Ina Kwayana
Skye Lewis
Molly McGee
Symaya Miller
Nailah Morsell
Abigail Mosier
Lauren Mueller
Hayley Newell
Lucienne Parker
Janiya Pearson
Madison Platt
Aleesha Polite
Addison Prezimirski
Donyae Reaves
Eleanor Redgrave
Kayla Robertini
Micah Robinson
Luna Rous
Abby Scaggs
Lucy Shapiro
Dae Shivers
Gabrielle Shumate
Marissa Snead
Lena Solomon
Mya Tran
Madison Vendel
Sara Verdi
Owen Whetstone
Emily Bernard
Taylor Brown
Leslie Bunkley
kaijo caggins
Melanie Castro
Alexis Curiel
Kayla Grudi
Haley Knieriem
Luisa Lynch
Gisella Paez
Louis Pearson
Kate Porter
t/tania saiz perez
Teagan Smith
Madelyn Wansong
Kani Wilson
Natasha Wolkwitz

Music Credits
Random by Ian William Craig
Thirteen Rounds by Ben Klock
Glassworks: Opening by Philip Glass
Violin Concerto No. 1 ‘EsoConcerto’: I. Allegro molto by Ezio Bosso
You’ll Never Walk Alone by Nina Simone
Body by Gia Margaret
Elevator Song by Keaton Henson