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 SRU dance majors join River North's Friday performance 



February 2, 2010

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU dance majors join River North's performance


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eleven Slippery Rock University dance majors will be part of the River North Chicago Dance Company's performance in Miller Auditorium Feb. 5.

           The performance is part of the Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series. The show is at 7:30 p.m.

           The students have been under the direction of Teena Custer, SRU dance instructor, and Mari Jo Irbe, who set the dance on behalf of the company, as part of their September residency.

           SRU dance students performing with the dance company will be: Kaitlyn Christensen of Slippery Rock, Molly Hanlon of McKeesport, Marissa Lang of Beaver, Amanda Peterson of Edinburg, Alexandra Sirinakis of Westminster, Md., Kelsey Shewbridge of Millersville, Md., Jennifer Shuniak of Cassandra, Alicia Varsho of Altoona, Jennifer Meckley of Lancaster, Jean Rettig of East Palestine, Ohio, and Kristin Rozzo of Girard, Ohio.

           The students will appear in the "Grusin Suite" dance, choreographed by the company's artistic director Frank Chaves. Costumes were constructed by Katie Kelly, an SRU dance major from Monroeville 

           The Chicago-based River North Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary season and has undertaken a 12-city U.S. tour to mark the event. River North and Chaves received the 2008 Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.

           Chaves has developed a core of works for the company that is combined with works of nationally and internationally renowned choreographers. 

            Tickets, $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and those ages 17 and under; and $8 for SRU students, may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018.

          AVI Food Service, the campus contract food vendor, will offer a pre-performance, four-course dinner, including soup, salad, chicken and apple pie. Call 724.738.4245 for reservations.

          The final event in the 2009-10 performing arts series is Barrage presents "Animado!," a high-octane fiddle-fest featuring an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. March 20. 


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.


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