Richard Wacko, from the University of Utah Ballet Department, will be at Colorado State University for a Guest Artist Residency and Lecture from Sept. 10 – 21. He will audition and choreograph dancers for the annual Fall Dance Concert on Nov. 9 &10.
He will also present a guest lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the University Dance Theatre entitled The Origins and History of Character Dance, and its Sometimes Confusing Relationship to Various Other Genres of Dance. The lecture is free and open to the public.
These past two weeks, Professor Wacko has been conducting character dance classes and setting character dances from the ballet, Swan Lake, on our CSU dance majors. Character dance is a type of stylized folk dance performed in the classical ballet repertoire. The residency has been very educational for our students as we do not offer regular character dance training.
About Richard Wacko
Richard Wacko earned an MFA from the University of Utah, a B. Admin from Athabasca University and a Diploma in Marketing Management from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Early studies began at the Ukrainian National Federal School of Dance and continued at the Alberta Ballet School. He received private instruction with Maria Bokor at the Dance Art Academy, and has studied in Kiev, USSR, at the Virsky State Academy, and at Les Ballets Russes de Montreal.
He has served as artistic director of the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. In addition to giving master classes in character and classical folk dance, Rick has also been a guest choreographer for dance companies in Canada and the United States. He is the Artistic Director of departments Character Dance Ensemble and is the departmental Graduate Advisor. In addition to studio classes Richard also instructs Ballet History, Technology-Multimedia and Portfolio Design. He recently published a CD ROM on Character Dance and co-published several audio CD’s on Character Dance. Under his leadership, CDE has toured to Canada, England, Russia, Spain, Japan, Greece, Costa Rica and China.