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Dec. 7, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU dance showcase highlights styles

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Student works, including those depicting traditional eastern India dances, will be part of Slippery Rock University's dance department fall concert Dec. 8-9.

The showcases will be presented in two separate sessions, with the first day's program offered at 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 8, and the second portion at 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 9. Both sessions will be in Swope Music Hall.

The Dec. 8 program will include performances by students in Jaya Mani's "World Dance" class. Mani is a dance instructor at SRU.

The program features works by Nicole Altieri of Levittown; Rebecca Burcher of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Melanie Calhoun of Stafford, Va.; Nicole Monville of Smoketown; Natalie Osborne of Strongsville, Ohio; Ashlee Parker of Erie; Mary Regney of Beaver; Tara Schlosser of Mt. Airy, Md; and Amanda Tarr of Lower Burrell.

Amber Adams of Aston will present a solo, and Josh Pugliese of New Kensington will present a duet.

The Dec. 9 program features dances by Alyssa Cubellis of Wexford; Taylor Szalajda of Pittsburgh; Ariel Stanton-Penkert of Anapolis, Md; Lindsay Zipparo of Sewickley; Leah Nobers of McMurray; Samm Wesler of York; and Alyssa McIntyre of Glenmoore.

Jessica Madden of Frederick, Md., will present a solo with spoken word from a poem by Robert Frost, and Hannah Guidry of Dallas, Texas, collaborates on a duet with Nicole Monville of Smoketown.

Sita Sojintarit, an international student at SRU from Thailand, will present "Venomous," a dance in which the dancers embody the movement of snakes.

At both performances, student choreographers will present a range of modern and tap dance works. "There is something for everyone in these concerts," said Jennifer Keller, professor of dance. "The concerts really showcase the range of what our dancers can do."

Slippery Rock University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Tickets, $5 for general admission and $3 for students, are available at the Smith Student Center Information Desk.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.