THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, September 4, 1975
Trotter House offers a variety of
black cultural activities on campusI
By CATHERINE REUTTER
The record player in the corner spews a constant stream of
music, the shiny linoleum floor reflects the overhead lights: the
Trotter House basement looks like thousands of others, but a
dance group is earnestly practicing their repertoire, perfecting
gracemul footwork across the polished floor.
The Trotter House Dance Group uses African, Modern and
Jazz music for their numbers. The ten-member company meets
twice a week to practice for concerts which they have performed
in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Cleveland.
THE DANCE group is one of many black student groups and
cultural activities which meet in the University's William Monroe
In addition to the repertoire company, a dance class meets
two evenings a week. When new people join the class, dance
group leader Sharon Madison says, "Sometimes we can tell if
they can be an asset to us." Past experience varies among the
group members, who must audition to join the group. Company
member Lisa Weaver says she has been dancing for 15 years.
"We try to get a guest teacher once a month," says mem-
ber June Porter. Last year, they invited Carol Morrisseau from
a Detroit company. Otherwise, troupe members share the respon-
sibility of teaching sessions. "Usually we have one person to lead
the warmups and one to lead the floor exercises," says member
THE TROTTER House also tries to invite guest speakers to
address their groups. Owens hopes to bring in speakers of the
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Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw. House Manager Lois
mentions, "There's black theater on Monday nights.
poetry, music and works by black playwrights."
Doily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS
The Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe
Dance is growing in popularity
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By ELAINE FLETCHER elite professional scnoois. But
While Ann Arbor is not known that has changed, acco1'ding to
as the Mecca for modern dance Elizabeth Bergmann, director
and ballet, an increasingly large, of the University dance depart-
number of students h ie found ment.
the art good training for i er- "The dance train'ng in col-
ests ranging from full time leges has improved so much in
dance career to improvement of. the last five years. Now you
wrestling footwork. have professional training. The
movement often look to private
instruction within the commun-
For those with the necessary
experience and talent, the Ann
Arbor Civil Ballet, a local semi-
professional company, pi ovides
the best stepping-stone to a Tull-
time dance career.
"The company is open to
auditions in September and
many University students a r e
members," says Sylvia ilamer,
founder and artistic dire:+or of
the group which emphasizes
classical ballet, suppozted ada-
gio, and some moderi dance.
And out of this increased in-
terest in dance, a number of
local companies have formed.
Meanwhile on campus, the Uni-
versity last year elevated dance
- from the status of a sub-con-
centration in Education'- to a
full fledged department within
the School of Music.
only other way to do it is to go
to New York," she said.
However, she adds that the
University's dance programs
concentrate largely on modern
dance. "Ballet is pret:y much
asupplement to tnose pro-
grams," she continued.
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However, according to Hamer,
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FOR THE person interested in
jazz, modern, of African dance
a wider and perhaps more flex-
ible range of activities exist in
the Ann Arbor area.
The Trotter House dance com-
pany is a University affiliated
group which gives oerformances
in African dance while persons
interested in modern d a n c e
often audition for the Ann Ar-
bor Dance theatre, says Berg-
mann who founded the original
For .the amateur, classes :re
available at Art Worlds and Lhe
also offers courses in beginning
modern dance, ipen to the Uni-
versity at large and perforr-iJrg
publicly every year.
A NEW University d a n c e
concentration goes -nto effect
this fall. Bergmann expressed
satisfaction with the new pro-
gram saying, "It won't be like
going to college wi''h a little
dancing on the side. It's now an
artist's degree - a lot of the
academics are out and being an
artist in te studio is in."
However, "there's a big prob-
lem in getting tne University
administration to do what needs
to be done," complains Berg-
mann, "there's not even money
in the general fund to support
our concert activity. It's not
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