November 13, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU students present 'Dance of India'
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Three Slippery Rock University dance majors �- Kacie Peterson, a junior from Frederick, Md., Patty Petronello, a junior from Arlington, Va., and Tayler Sady, a junior from Lilly - will present a lecture/demonstration about classical Indian dance in a special 7 p.m. Nov. 17 program in the West Gym Dance Studio.
Last summer, the trio studied classical Indian dance in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Initiative coordinators Srinivasa Mani, professor of professional studies, Jaya Mani, instructor of dance, and Nola Nolen Holland, assistant professor of dance, selected them to participate in the program.
The three began their study of classical Indian dance, known as "Bharata Natyam," through the dance department's "World Dance" course taught by Mani, who also oversees the students' independent study requirements.
"This unique program of sponsoring SRU students' Bharata Nayam study in India advances the dance department world dance program outcome and contributes to cultural understanding between Americans and Indians through this unique program," Nolen-Holland said.
The department's Dance in India Initiative covers the cost of the four-week workshop in India, the students' costumes, books, supplies and room and board. Students pay their airfare and sightseeing costs.
In Chennai, the three students studied with master teacher Revathi Ramachandran, founder, director and leading artist of her school Kala Sadhanalaya and its performance troupe.
Led by Ramachandran, the SRU students also visited historic dance sites in Chennai and in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
As part of the upcoming event, the three will also present an informal concert in which they will demonstrate dances they learned along with a travelogue of their studies and performances in India. Materials related to their internship and travel will also be on display in the West Gym Lobby.
A half-hour prior to the lecture/demonstration, Indian foods and beverages will be available in the West Gym Lobby as part of the Dance in India Initiative's fundraising effort.
Admission to the program is $5 for the general public: $3 for SRU students, senior citizens and children.
The lecture-demonstration is the primary fundraising event for the Dance in India Initiative. Those unable to attend but interested in contributing may send a tax-deductible donation to the Dance in India Initiative, Slippery Rock University Dance Department, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326.
Checks should be made payable to the Slippery Rock University Foundation, with the notation "Dance in India Initiative."
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