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Director/Choreographer Vincent Paterson

August 28, 2017
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Vincent Paterson, a legendary director and choreographer and the man behind some of Madonna and Michael Jackson's most signature and renowned dance moves, visited Catawba College on Friday, August 25th. Paterson led a master class for Catawba students, their fellow students from area colleges and universities, and students from area high schools. Paterson later offered sage advice and insights during a 4 p.m. "Inside the Choreographer's Studio" session open to students and community members.

"I would tell someone that being in the presence of such a humble yet incredibly successful performer and icon was unforgettable. The intensity of his analysis of text through dance and movement was impeccable and to see how far his passion took him from a small industrial town with NO art, was simply amazing. Mr. Paterson was an extremely friendly and bright instructor. He truly conveyed the importance of focus to the character and how to find emotion within yourself to connect to the text and movement of a piece. I will continue to use and build upon the analysis skills he taught us for my entire career as a performer."

- Randy Stull '19

Photos by Harrison Seefelt