History

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The Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance

The Bill Evans Summer Institute of Dance, begun in Seattle in 1977 with such illustrious artist/teachers as Jim Coleman, Kitty Daniels, Regina DeCosse, William Evans, Peggy Hackney, Shirley Jenkins, Gregg Lizenbery, Daphne Lowell, Debbie Poulsen, Joanna Mendl Shaw and Pam Schick.

Evans, Kitty Daniels and Don Halquist founded special summer programs for teachers in 1999, dedicated to the integration of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Applied Kinesiology and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences into the teaching of dance technique.

 In August of 2017, the Certified Evans Teachers held a retreat to discuss the future of the the Summer Institutes, the Certification program, and the creation of the Evans Dance Institute.

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Bill Evans Dance Teachers Institute

The Bill Evans Teachers Institute attracts dance educators from throughout North America who are interested in connecting with other teachers who value embodied learning, the personal uniqueness of each of their students and guiding those students toward positive transformation. It has grown steadily over the years and its course of study is continuously expanding.

More than 1,000 teachers have joined the BETI family. Many return annually, and have found regeneration, inspiration and support from a community that they draw on throughout the year.

 

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Bill Evans Dancers Institute

The Bill Evans Dancers Institute is designed for college undergraduate and graduate dance majors and minors and young professional dancers. It includes rigorous and vigorous courses for younger dancers wanting a deeper understanding of somatic-based dance education and more extensive knowledge of injury prevention and longevity. It includes the creation and performance of a new work.

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Conferences and Performance Festivals

Since 2013, Bill Evans has collaborated with Cynthia Williams to host international somatic dance conferences and performance festivals.

In 2017, Evans and Williams hosted the Somatic Dance Conference & Performance Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY

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Evans and Debra Knapp hosted a Dance Science and Pedagogy Conference & Performance Festival at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces.