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Dance department welcomes contemporary guest artist, Regina Klenjoski

Friday, January 23, 2015

LAWRENCE –Creator, performer, educator and advocate of contemporary dance, Regina Klenjoski is known for inventive partnering and poetic storytelling. Beginning Jan. 25, Klenjoski will spend two weeks in the dance department teaching classes and setting her work on the University Dance Company, which will be performed at their spring concert later in the semester.

“We are delighted to have Regina Klenjoski in residence with students for two intensive weeks this semester,” said Michelle Heffner Hayes, professor and chair of dance. “Her high-energy choreography will expand their performance skills, and her mentorship will assist in their professional development for years to come.”

Passionate about the moving body, Klenjoski creates deeply personal works that examine our search for intimacy in contemporary society, often through the lens of her Macedonian heritage. She is recognized by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most active and ambitious dance makers leading Southland contemporary companies.”

​Recognized for her innovative partnering and dynamic energy, she has created 28 works for the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company; 13 of which feature original commissioned musical scores from award-winning Los Angeles composers.  Klenjoski founded her company in 2001 and has since received numerous awards including 24 Lester Horton Dance Award nominations and four Achievement in Choreography awards from the prestigious Palm Desert Choreography Competition.  She was chosen as one of three Public Corporation for the Arts Fellows in 2003 and was honored with an Excellence in Arts Award from the City of Torrance for her contributions to the community.  Klenjoski has received Echo Grants from Time Warner, Inc. and grants from The Durfee Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Torrance Cultural Arts Commission, Arts Council For Long Beach and the Arts Council of Torrance​. For more information visit: www.rkdc.org.

​The Department of Dance is one of four departments in the School of the Arts. As part of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the humanities, sciences, social sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies.