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Formed in 2008, the IVC Performing Dance Ensemble is the capstone course of the IVC Dance Department ‘s Commercial Dance Certificate. Although we provide continuing education for dance enthusiasts, this program’s focus is on training aspiring dancers to either enter the entertainment industry after their certification or transfer to a university dance program to pursue their formation.

Intermediate and advanced dance students follow the format of a dance company’s work, developing and performing a repertoire by Artistic Director Marie de la Palme, as well as works by guest choreographers.

The dancers refine their roles through multiple performances and touring, get feedback on effective auditioning, create and refine a professional resume, and research career opportunities and agents.

Andre Tyson, Guest Choreographer

A native of Greenville, North Carolina, he began his training at the School of the Garden State Ballet. Mr. Tyson is a former Principal Dancer and Company Teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1985-1994) and a Certified Pilates Instructor. Mr. Tyson was an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Department of Dance (1998-2008) prior to joining the faculty of CalArts.

Mr. Tyson has created works for a broad range of companies such as Ballet Forder Zentrum, Ailey II, Fordham University, de Theatreschool Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Jazz Dance Company, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Milwaukee Ballet and UWM PSOA Department of Dance. 

Mr. Tyson’s career reflects work and collaboration with a stellar roster of artists in both live and recorded performances. Mr. Tyson has appeared in the music videos of Michael Jackson, Nona Hendryx and Grace Jones as well as several Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Concert Dance videos. He has performed as a guest artist with Allyson Green Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company. Mr. Tyson continues to teach and choreograph nationally and internationally.

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