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Nov. 15, 2011
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SRU dance majors face adjudication time

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 40 Slippery Rock University dance majors are stepping, twirling and leaping into the final component of their semester today. They are being adjudicated by dance faculty in modern, jazz, tap and classical Indian dance.
     Adjudication is a way of evaluating dancers’ choreography and dance skills, like a final exam. Dancers who score 85 points or higher will be invited to present choreography during the University’s four fall dance concerts Dec. 3-4 in SRU’s Swope Recital Hall, or during the department’s winter semester concert.
      Jennifer Keller, professor of dance, said only juniors and seniors present. They are presenting original choreography and dancing in each other’s pieces.
        Lexi Sirinakis, a dance major from Baltimore, Md., said she developed a choreography titled  “C’est La Mode Chiq.” Seven SRU dance majors will perform the five-minute piece.
      She said faculty judge dancers on style, performance quality, originality, presentation and costuming. Sirinakis said she has been working on her dance, which interprets French fashion from the perspective of models, since September.
      “I have been working on it twice a week, for an hour-and-a-half or so,” she said.
       Emily Kennard, a dance major from Dayton, Ohio, prepared “Heavy Lies the Crown,” a six-minute choreography that integrates video and projection technology. She will dance in three other dance majors’ choreography.
     “Since I am involved in four different pieces, I have been doing eight rehearsals a week, even on Saturday and Sunday. It’s tiring, but it’s going to be rewarding because this is my first choreograph with dance theatre.
       The selected works will be presented at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $3 for SRU students, $5 for the general public. They are available at the University Union Information Desk, at the door, or by calling 724.738.2036.