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The Concurrents: Amanda Keller & Dana Prieto

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Thursday, Apr 23 | 12:00 pm

The Orozco Room, 66 W. 12th Street, Room 712

Please join us for the next installment of The Concurrents lecture series, featuring Amanda Keller from Parsons First Year, and Dana Prieto from the Office of Advising. They will be performing and speaking about their work on Thursday, April 23, at 12:00 pm, in the Orozco Room (66 W 12th Street, Room 712).

Amanda Keller and Dana Prieto are dance professionals who have worked together in a small dance company in the past and after several years apart, found each other working together at Parsons.  Both Amanda and Dana have different and similar experiences in dance and education.  They will discuss how their pathways have converged and share their experiences of transition from a performing arts background to the world of higher education.  During this talk, a mini dance performance reflecting upon discussion will be included; intertwining acquired skills and knowledge through personal stories.

Amanda is the program administrator for the First Year Program at Parsons and she is also a modern dancer and choreographer.  Originally from Philadelphia, she danced with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet and Koresh School of Dance before moving to New York City.  Amanda attended Eugene Lang College for her bachelor’s degree and double majored in Social and Historical Inquiry and Dance. After graduation, she danced professionally with the contemporary ballet company In-Sight Dance Company.  Amanda is a graduate of the master’s program in the School of Education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Culture, Curriculum, and Change Department.

Dana has been dancing since 5 years old and has pursued that passion into her professional life.  She has studied jazz, tap, and pointe; but is primarily concentrated on ballet and modern dance.  She has been teaching dance classes for students of all ages in the past 13 years.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and received a Master in higher education from Boston College.  She has worked professionally for various modern dance companies in the NJ/NYC area and has performed pieces from Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Julia Ritter, Randy James, and John Evans.  She has also worked in other functional areas of higher education, such as career services, admissions, student programming and orientation, and LGBTQ/ diversity offices.  Dana is currently an academic advisor at Parsons The New School for Design and works with college students in the visual and artistic design field.

Organized by Niki Kriese of AMT, the second iteration of the staff lecture series is collaborative in focus, pairing like-minded but vigorously independent artists from across Parsons to co-present and discuss their investigations. Events will range from screenings to performance to readings, with each artist crafting their own level of engagement with the audience. Similar themes, such as generosity, human interaction, and movement emerge in their work, but the excitement comes from seeing the distinct approaches and viewpoints collide.

For more information, please contact Niki Kriese.

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