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Oct. 18, 2011
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 ‘Faculty and Guest Artists Dance’ concert brings the moves

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. ­– Get ready for playful moves, a carnival atmosphere and colorful costumes – and that’s just one dance. Slippery Rock University will present its annual “Faculty and Guest Artists Dance Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Miller Auditorium, featuring dances in the Afro-Columbian, Indian and contemporary genres.
     Attendees will experience hip-hop merged with contemporary dance, dance theatre and a student presentation of  “Getting There” by Billy Siegenfeld. He is the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. He received an Emmy in 2007 for outstanding achievement for individual excellence on camera.
     Guest artist Andre Koslowski, artistic director of the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre in State College, Pa., will present an excerpt of his work “Por la Blanda Arena.” Jennifer Keller, SRU associate professor of dance, will perform with him.
       “The concert promises to be an exciting evening showcasing the best of our dance program,” said Melissa Teodoro, assistant professor of dance.
      For the concert Teodoro choreographed “Fandango,” a dance of Afro-Columbian origin that is practiced in the Caribbean region of Colombia, South America.
      “Its festive and playful nature echoes the carnival context it is commonly practiced in,” Teodoro said. “The dance presents circular and intertwining patterns, colorful costumes and lively traditional Colombian music.” Teodoro lived and studied dance in Columbia in 2010.
     Six SRU dance majors, Zachary Beregfelt of Baden; Melanie Calhoun of Stafford, Va.; Karlee Hoffman of West Middlesex; Hannah Guidry of Oakpoint, Texas; Curtis Hanner of Pittsburgh and Josh Publiese of Lower Burrell, will perform the piece.
     Teena Marie Custer, dance instructor, will perform a solo titled “Holding Pattern.” It combines hip-hop and contemporary dance to the music of Murcof, 7L and Esoteric. The piece utilizes props and video projection.
      SRU dance majors Mary Regney of Beaver and Kelsey Shewbridge of Pittsburgh will perform “Eyes Closed and Blissful,” a piece by Nora Ambrosio, professor of dance.
      Nola Nolen-Holland, assistant professor of dance, brings 30 vocalists and seven dancers to the stage for her piece titled “Last Chance Dancers.” She collaborated with Heather Groves-Edwards, music director at Slippery Rock Area High School.
       Jaya Mani, dance instructor, will present a choreographic work titled “Nritta.” Four of her private students, Teja Badami, Shipra Jumar, Ramita Ravi and Shobhitha Ravi, will perform the piece.
       Alicia Garrity, a 2010 SRU dance graduate, composed “By Means of Support” as part of her senior project. Seven current dance students will perform it.
       “Getting There” will be performed by Calhoun, Sonja Cable, a dance major from Johnstown; Guidry; Nicole Monville, a dance major from Pittsburgh; Natalie Osborne, a dance major from Strongsville, Ohio; and Arial Stanton-Pinkert, a dance major from Annapolis, Md.
        Tickets,  $5 for students, $10 general admission, are available at the Information Desk of the University Union and the door.


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