Friday, July 10, 2020, 12-12:45 PM



Get to know the creators of Southwest Virginia—from visual artists to theatre-makers to choreographers—and learn more about their creative processes in this unusual time. In a series of 45-minute chats on Zoom, the Moss Arts Center gives you an exclusive look inside the homes and studios of these artists—experience their work, ask questions, and discuss how creative luminaries are approaching art in this moment.

Rachel Rugh, choreographer/dancer
Ruth Waalkes, moderator; executive director, Moss Arts Center, and associate provost for the arts

Join New River Moving Arts founder and director Rachel Rugh on Zoom for a series of dance demonstrations performed live from the Moss Arts Center's lobby, including an exploration of movement suitable for all ages, a performance score based on a student choreography assignment, and a collaborative piece featuring Annie Stevens, assistant professor of percussion in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. Stevens will perform remotely excerpts from a piece she recently helped commission, Marc Mellits’ marimba solo, Zodiac.

Rugh will also share how she has used long-distance choreographic methods to help transition contemporary dance learning online in an interactive discussion.

New River Moving Arts of Blacksburg honors the unique body stories of each individual dancer and strives to create low-pressure performance opportunities that allow dancers to build confidence and feel successful on their own terms.

About Rachel Rugh
Rachel Rugh is a dancer, teacher, mover, and shaker currently based in Blacksburg. As a performer, Rugh has collaborated with the Washington, D.C.-based Dance Exchange, as well as Seattle choreographers Pat Graney, Amy O’Neil, and Jurg Koch. Her choreographic work has been featured at the Seattle International Dance Festival, Movement Research (New York City), and the Washington, D.C. Capital Fringe Festival. In 2020 Rugh opened New River Moving Arts, a dance school and performing company founded and operated by modern dancers. Rugh is also an adjunct faculty member at Radford University and Virginia Tech, as well as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Residency at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, where she provided therapeutic movement experiences for patients, staff, and visitors. Rugh holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a master of fine arts in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


How to Register
The registration link takes you to Eventbrite, where you’ll "purchase" a free ticket to the time of your choice. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a Zoom link by email.

Not familiar with Zoom? Download Zoom onto your phone or tablet or visit to participate. We will email you a link and the meeting ID before each session.

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