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 Dance Faculty, Guest Artist Concert Set for Oct. 25 



 Oct. 4, 2005

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 SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s dance faculty will share the stage with alumni and guest artists during the department’s annual Faculty and Guest Artist’s Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Miller Auditorium. The SRU Jazz Ensemble will provide live music.

“Our dance faculty usually perform off campus, in New York City, Pittsburgh and as far away as Scotland,” Ursula Payne, associate professor of dance, said. “This is a chance for students and the community to see the faculty in performance and dance students performing faculty and guest artist choreography."

Jennifer Keller and Payne, both associate professors of dance; Nola Nolen and Melissa Teodoro, both assistant professors of dance; Jaya Mani, instructor of dance; and SRU alumna and visiting instructor Teena Custer will perform original choreography. The concert will include a variety of dance styles, including contemporary ballet, jazz, modern dance, as well as Mani performing classical Indian dance.

This year's concert includes a performance featuring 23 SRU dance majors as well. They will perform Jose Limon's "Choreographic Offering (1964)" reconstructed by Pablo Ruvalcabo and directed by Payne.

Curtain is 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Auditorium and are $5 for general admission; $3 for SRU students. Proceeds benefit The Lucy Isacco Sack Dance Scholarship, named in honor of Sack, SRU’s former dance chair and professor emeritus.

Jazz band

SRU’s Jazz Ensemble, with Mike Tomaro, director of jazz studies at Duquesne University, will perform from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and during the first section of the concert. “3am-Lonely City,” choreographed by dance department chairperson Nora Ambrosio, will be performed by senior dance major Nicolyn Lonzo to live music played by the SRU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk, professor of music.

 The music is part of the trilogy “Nightowl Suite,” written by Tomaro. The entire piece, with additional choreography by dance faculty members Payne and Custer, will be presented in its entirety when the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra and the SRU dance department collaborate for a winter performance at Butler County Community College.

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