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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: growth of dance in America
(Summer-Fall, 1976)

Morrison, Jack
The dancer: [institutionalizing dance],   pp. 262-265 PDF (4.4 MB)


Page 265


Play It As It Rings, Shirley Ririe and Joan
Woodbury, choreographers.
ing, playing arts centers and school residen-
cies, we are institutionalizing at the other
end-the audiences we play to and work
with. With colleges, arts councils and school
districts, we are building an institution of
dance throughout the country. Not just audi-
ences but people and organizations who make
dance a regular part of their lives. We're an
institution helping dance build institutions of
dance in the community. What do you think
of that?
Jack Morrison: I like that. It's a creative way
of looking at what you're doing beyond per-
formance-because of the performance and
your teaching, something goes on after you've
left a community.
Shirley Ririe: That's right. We see what has
developed when we return to the same area
the following year. We are reaping the
growth, the institutionalizing of the dance
throughout the country.
The real backbone of our touring is "Artists-
in-the-Schools"; this is an incredible program
which is largely due to the vision and skill of
Charles Rinehart, who institutionalized, if you
will, a representative group of dance com-
panies (AADC, the American Association of
Dance Companies) into a successful program
which offers the best possible in teaching and
Dancers: Shirley Ririe and Dee Winterton.
Photo by Stan Green.
performing to the elementary and secondary
schools of this country.
I just said it's more than developing audi-
ences. It changes lives. Dance-movement-
provides an outlet, that lets people be spon-
taneous, sometimes for the first time. And
they are different after that. We can do it
because the whole Artist-in-the-Schools
Program has been institutionalized by making
the schools ready for our residency. Then we
get to know them by working with them in the
classroom. They know you as people, recog-
nize you in performance. And we know them.
It's the whole process Gene Wenner has put
in his booklet, Dance in the Schools. We
institutionalize the institution which develops
the audience. They are wonderful audiences.
Jack Morrison: I think that's because you
have such an infectious way of working
together, teaching together and performing
together. R-W isn't just warm and friendly;
you are genuinely and deeply concerned,
open and spontaneous with each other with a
professional discipline that is a joy to experi-
ence. How did you get that way?
Shirley Ririe: I guess Joan and I just always
worked like that-it's catching.
Jack Morrison: It sure is. [
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