Dance school residency program hosts Danish choreographer


The School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at TCU is hosting choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen from Copenhagen, Denmark, to teach a new residency program for students.

Boye-Christensen works from the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Professor of Dance Susan Douglas Roberts said she discovered Boye-Christensen through a close friend. After Douglas Roberts heard about Boye-Christensen’s work at the University of Texas in a concert called “Note,” Douglas Roberts said she was interested in bringing her to TCU.

Douglas Roberts invited Boye-Christensen to teach a dance residency program on campus to build relationships with students and choreograph movements in hopes of creating a new experience of Boye-Christensen's work “Note” in April in Ed Landreth Auditorium.

Boye-Christensen said she is still not positive if the piece will be called “Note” or “Key” since it is different than her original work in Utah that was first reenacted in Austin.

“[I have a] combination of seniors and freshman, and the piece is only for five dancers. But one of the parts is double casted, so there is a total of 6 students,” Boye-Christensen said.

The six dancers are preparing for the concert the beginning of this semester, and students involved are excited to work on the production, said Kylie Phillips, a senior modern dance major and one of the six performers in "Note."

“Working during residency with Charlotte has been such a rewarding experience,” Phillips said.

Last time students performed in a choreographed special dance concert was in December, and it was choreographed by Douglas Roberts.

Boye-Christensen’s residency is sponsored by the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. This is a unique show because TCU only hosts the program for dance residencies every few semesters, Douglas Roberts said.

“It is part of our mission to provide opportunities for our majors to work with accomplished guest artists in the field,” Douglas Roberts said. "They can gain from the experience and set them in a position to network."

Although the final name of the concert is yet to be decided, the production will be performed on April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and with matinee performances earlier showings on April 6 and 7 at 2 p.m.

More information on the April concerts will be available on the dance school's website at More information on Boye-Christensen's work can be found at