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 Chinese Fan Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop to be Seen at SRU Dance Concert 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/21/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

CHINESE FAN DANCE, JAZZ, HIP-HOP PART OF SRU DANCE DEPARTMENT

ANNUAL ‘FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST CONCERT’ SET FOR TUESDAY

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A contemporary Chinese fan dance choreographed by Shih-Ming Li along with modern, jazz and hip-hop dance styles will be part of the Slippery Rock University dance department’s annual “Faculty and Guest Artist Concert” set for 8 p.m. Tuesday [Oct. 26] in Miller Auditorium.

Guest faculty Teena Custer will present the fan dance, then offer her own choreography fusing a variety of dance styles with her signature strength and athleticism. Other original works planned include a solo, based on the work of Gertrude Stein and choreographed by Melissa Teodoro, assistant professor of dance. The work was prepared for Amy Schnelle, a dance major from Portersville and will be followed by a duet choreographed by Nora Ambrosio, dance department chair, for students Shannon Altman, dance major from Springdale, and Nick Falcone, dance major from Pittsburgh. 

Completing the program will be an Indian Bharata Natyam solo by SRU guest instructor Jaya Mani and a duet by returning SRU alumna Jennifer Cowan.

           Tickets, $5 general admission, $3 students, are available at the door with all proceeds benefiting the Lucy Isacco Sack Dance Scholarship Fund. 

This year's program includes commissions by Los Angeles choreographer Victoria Marks and New York choreographers Jeanine Durning, Art Bridgman, and Myrna Packer. 

Ambrosio will perform Mark's work along with two actors, SRU theater Professor David Skeele and Dennis Birkes. Chorographer Dan Froot traveled to SRU to coach the work, as well as provide two student workshops titled "Recipes for Collaboration - an interdisciplinary approach to artistic creation.”

Jennifer Keller, associate professor of dance, will perform Durning's creation whose inspiration comes from the 17th century Dutch paintings of Jan Vermeer. SRU dance students will perform the Bridgman/Packer choreography which was set during a residency at SRU last spring.

 For additional details, call 724-738-2773.

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