Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company

Founded in 1969, by Dr. Moon Ja Minn Suhr, the Orchesis Dance Company produces one dance concert per year during winter quarter. Auditions for Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff occur during the first week of fall quarter. Those chosen, approximately 25-30 intermediate to advanced-level dancers, engage in the creative process with faculty, guest, and student choreographers through fall quarter in the Dance Program course, DANC345. It is through this class that dancers also get to take master classes in modern, jazz, ballet, yoga, West African, plus additional dance styles and somatic practices. The mission of Orchesis is to provide an experience that parallels the artistic and technical rigor that a dance major undergoes in preparation for a concert. Among the guest artists that Orchesis Dance Company has been honored to present include David Dorfman, Douglas Nielsen, Wade Madsen, Nancy Cranbourne, Holly Johnston, General McArthur Hambrick, Summation Dance, Chad Michael Hall, Mike Esperanza, Mark A. Haines, Rita Chenoweth, Amanda Leise, Daniel Cruz, Ryan Corriston, Lisa Deyo, Central Coast Afro Dance and Rhythm, Chris Vo, Ryan Lawrence, and Keith Johnson.

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Image Credit: Kiel Carreau
2015, 45th annual concert: "Release"
Choreography by Mike Esperanza (guest artist)
Lighting Design by Clint Bryson (staff)
Dancers: 2015-16 Orchesis Dance Company dancers

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