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 3 SRU dance majors share summer experiences in India 




September 17, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




3 SRU dance majors share summer experiences in India


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University dance majors Lindsay Armstrong of Corry, Amie Davis of Carrolltown and Patricia Robinson of East Aurora, N.Y., will share their summer experience of studying classical Indian dance in Chennai, India, at a lecture/demonstration Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

           The program is in the Pearl K. Stoner Instructional Complex West Gym Dance Studio.

           The three were invited to the southern city in India as part of the SRU Dance in India Initiative. The program was coordinated by Srinivasa Mani, SRU professor of anthropology, Nola Nolen-Holland, assistant professor of dance, and guest artist Jaya Mani.

           The students began their study of Bharata Natyam, classical Indian dance, as part of Mani's "World Dance" class. 

           "Sponsoring SRU students' study of Bharata Nayam in India advances the dance department's world dance program," Nolen-Holland said. "It also contributes to cultural understanding between Americans and Indians through a unique program."

           In Chennai, the students studied with master teacher Revathi Ramachandran, founder, director and leading artist of her dance school, Kala Sadhanalaya. The troupe visited historic dance sites in Chennai and in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and had opportunities to visit New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

           The campus presentation includes an informal concert featuring dances learned in India as well as a travelogue of their studies and performances in India. 

           Admission to the presentation is $3 for students and $5 for the general public. 

           Those interested in contributing to the Dance in India Initiative may send contributions to the SRU dance department. Tax deductible donations should be payable to the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc. Donors are encouraged to indicate "Dance Initiative" on any contribution.


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