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October 18, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

SRU dance faculty, students show moves

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance faculty, students and guest artists will present modern dance, hula, and Brazilian-influenced and classical Indian choreography during the Oct. 20 "SRU Department of Dance and Guest Artist Concert."

The concert will be offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in Butler County Community College's Succop Theater. Tickets are available at the door.

"Our dance program was just named one of the top 45 in the country. This concert will demonstrate why we have won the distinction," said Nola Nolen-Holland, assistant professor of dance. "We will be showing the diverse dance styles of our faculty and students."

Participating faculty are Ursula Payne, Jennifer Keller and Nora Ambrosio, professors of dance; Teena Custer and Jaya Mani, instructors of dance; and Andy Hasenpflug, dance musician.

Thom Cobb, SRU associate professor of dance, is the concert coordinator with Nolen-Holland assisting. SRU's dance department is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Payne, who serves as department chairperson, created a work for 27 students who were enrolled in her spring 2013 repertory class. Custer, an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, will present a seven-minute solo work. Mani will present a classical Indian dance work, and Ambrosio has rehearsed students to present two of her new works, a solo and a duet.

Hasenpflug collaborated with Heather Hertel, SRU assistant professor of art, on "Waiting for the Thunder in Caves." Hasenpflug composed original music for the piece.

The concert will include works by André Koslowski, Pennsylvania Dance Theater artistic director; James Washington, a former member of Pittsburgh's August Wilson Dance Ensemble; Michael Pang, Hawaiian master hula teacher; and Mark Santillano, co-director of SoMar Dance Works. Washington will present the Brazilian-influenced "Biane."

Jennifer Keller, SRU professor of dance, will perform in an excerpt of a Pennsylvania Dance Theater work entitled "Wiegenlied" (Lullaby) along with André Koslowski and Tina Konrath. Keller and Koslowski have had a long-running and prolific artistic collaboration since 2007.

General admission tickets are $10 at the door. Tickets are $5 for students, seniors and children. Tickets are also available at

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