Lively Arts Outreach Plans Are Busy

Posted on 2/2/2016 2:22:05 PM

The Lively Arts at IUP is presenting several outreach events to students and the greater Indiana community, including the opportunity to play Taiko drums with Drum TAO, dance with the renowned RIOULT Dance NY, and interact with cast members from the hit musical Mamma Mia! 

Drum Tao First up is Drum TAO, Japan's most celebrated company of martial arts drummers. They will present a workshop on the art of traditional Taiko drumming using their unique martial arts style from 5:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in the Rehearsal Studio of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

It is open to high-school-age percussionists as well as IUP students and community members interested in this unique art form. Room in the class is limited; e-mail Jeff Wacker at or Michael Kingan at to reserve a space.

Just one week later, RIOULT Dance NY begins a five-day residency working with dancers from the community and IUP Dance Theater as the students prepare to join RIOULT on stage in a performance of Fables, a family-friendly piece based on the work of Aesop and the Indian fables of Bidpaj. In addition to working with the dancers who auditioned for a spot in Fables, RIOULT will present three master classes.

  • Rioult Thursday, February 18, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Performing Arts Center Rehearsal Studio
    This Modern Class, geared for young dancers ages 9–12, is designed to introduce the student to modern dance technique and vocabulary. Students will learn elements of "contraction and release," explore rhythmic diversity and the power of music through movement, and continue to develop their skills and discipline.
  • Friday, February 19, 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m., Zink Hall Dance Studio
    This Modern Class is geared for beginning college students and is also designed to introduce the students to modern dance technique and vocabulary.
  • Friday, February 19, 12:20–1:10 p.m., Zink Hall Dance Studio
    This class features a presentation and discussion about the RIOULT choreographic process, style, and repertoire.

If you are interested in your child participating in the February 18 masterclass and/or auditioning for a part in the Fables dance production (to be danced with RIOULT for their February 23 performance in Fisher Auditorium), or for more information, please contact Jeff Wacker at The Friday classes are open to anyone for auditing.

Mamma Mia Trio The third upcoming outreach is the opportunity to meet cast members from the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! in a Q&A-style session when they visit for a performance on March 2. Typically held same day as the show, the time and location will be announced as soon as it is final. This is open to anyone interested in theater, and people are encouraged to contact Jeff Wacker at if you would like to attend to assure ample space.