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 SRU Dance Department to Showcase Students, Faculty, Guests at Fall Concert 

 

SPOTLIGHT

11/29/2005

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

 SRU DANCE DEPARTMENT TO SHOWCASE STUDENTS, FACULTY GUESTS AT FALL CONCERT

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University dance department will showcase students, faculty and guest artist at its annual fall concert set for 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Swope Music Hall and offering styles ranging from jazz to Bronx rocking.

      Tickets are $2 general admission and may be purchased from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Miller Auditorium Box Office, or at the door.

      The concert will feature the work of dance faculty Ursula Payne, Teena Custer Jaya Mani, guest artist Princess M’hoon Cooper and SRU dance majors.

      Payne custom created “Shield” for senior dance majors Erin Killinger of Beechcreek and Valerie Lacy of Lock Haven. The associate professor says she wanted to “make something on them, for them, that challenges their technique and artistry.” 

      Custer created “Be-girl Diaries” for students from her “Jazz II” class. The work draws on her extensive research of hip-hop styles, including Bronx rocking, Brooklyn up rocking and b-girling. The work features Stephanie Frey of Irwin, Julianne Bobby of Butler, Samara Bailey of New Castle and a guest appearance by Custer. Students from Mani’s world dance course will present an Eastern India dance in the Bharatanatyam tradition.

      Guest Artist Princess M’hoon Cooper spent a week on the SRU campus teaching classes and creating a new work for students. As an African-American choreographer, she challenged students to absorb her aesthetic style which derives from African rhythms, modern dance and jazz. Her work deals with humanity’s spiritual path in face of contemporary struggles.

      Student choreographers will present a range of modern dance works. The choreographers have participated in a creative process during fall semester under the artistic direction Ursula Payne, associate professor of dance.

      For more concert information call 724-738-2036.

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