BDFête

Honoring Carol Dilley

Fri, July 29, 5:30 pm
Olin Arts Center Terrace

Celebrate 40 years of Dancing Together at Bates Dance Festival with an evening to remember!

Enjoy drinks and light bites at the beautiful Olin Arts Center. Mingle with BDF artists and alumni and walk to Schaeffer Theatre together to enjoy Rennie Harris Puremovement’s Rome & Jewels. Show ticket is included with your Fete ticket

About our Honoree

Carol Dilley joined the Bates Dance Program in the Fall of 2003.  Her dance career of over 35 years spans extended periods based in New York NY, Barcelona Spain, Seattle Washington, Sydney Australia and Lewiston Maine and now back to New York. She has worked with many companies and independent choreographers as well as her own companies, Radio Suec and Carol Dilley & Co. performing and collaborating in the USA, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Europe both as a solo artist and as director/choreographer of those companies.

Carol also dedicated a lot of energy into the creation of opportunities for the development and performance of dance works for emerging and small format artists. She co-founded La Porta, a performance series dedicated to the creation and promotion of independent dance in Barcelona and Europe, founded Dance Briefs, a similar initiative in Sydney, Australia, and created FAB, an annual performance event that ran for 16 years in downtown Lewiston Maine.

She served as Director of Dance for nearly two decades at Bates, except for a brief stint serving as Interim Chair at Hunter College in NYC. During that time, she built a robust academic program, moving studio dance practices from PE to the academic credits, creating the academic credit for Bates Dance Festival both in Dance and in Music, and developing a Major in Dance voted in unanimously by the Bates faculty in 2012. The major has graduated 37 Dance majors in the first 10 years of its existence. Fundamental to that program is the addition of a second full time faculty position in Dance that accompanied the launch of the major. She served as the first Dance Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance for a period of 5 years ending in 2021. On an institutional level she was one of the founding creators of the initiative that became the Bates Arts Collaborative and served on a variety of key committees such as Personnel, Classroom Committee, Curricular Review Committee, as well as serving on various searches and ad hoc committees at the College. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Carol retired from teaching at Bates at the end of the 2021/22 academic year.

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