Dance residency in its fourth year


By Miryam Moutillet

For the fourth straight year, the Theatre and Dance Department is hosting the Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency at Union College.

The dance residency is made possible by a gift from Sue and Gus Davis ’59, in memory of their daughter, Stephanie C. Davis, who was a modern dancer and environmental activist with a lifelong love of the performing arts.

Artistic Director Monica Bill Barnes, who holds a BA from the University of California in theater and philosophy, will hold a master class for intermediate students on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and a combined lecture and demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 20. Both events will take place in the dance studio in the Visual Arts Building from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The residency includes a public performance at The Egg in Albany, free to the Union Faculty, Students, and Staff.

On Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m., the company will present Everything is Getting Better All the Time (in 3 Acts). This will be an evening that will borrow from the glamor of rock concerts, the good will of little league game and the enthusiasm of a high school marching band.

The show slips between comedy and tragedy with dancing that mixes explosive movement with familiar gestures creating distinct characters with a lot of heart and a touch of grit.

Launched in New York in 2002, under the artistic direction of Monica Bill Barnes, the company entrusts her vision based on individuality, humor, and the theatrics of the everyday life. As The New York Time declared, “The witty Ms. Barnes, a master of the dance equivalent of a sly guffaw, blends sadness and hilarity.”

Monica’s career developed from a repertoire of solos and duets into thirteen evening-length dance works, several cabaret numbers, and venue events for her company.

Barnes is in demand as a guest artist for residencies and performance projects. She has brought over one hundred performers to the stage. The company has received an array of consecutive grants from many New York based foundations including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, dance residencies at Florida University, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and various summer arts programs.

The Union community is invited to attend The Egg performance free of charge. A limited number of tickets are available on, a first-come, first-serve basis with a Union ID. They may be picked up at the Yulman Theatre Box Office weekdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and at the Visual Arts Building Office from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Free round-trip transportation will be provided. Buses leave from the Nott/Seward Parking Lot at 7 p.m. and return to campus after the performance.


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