SRU Dance Theatre to present Dec. 5-6 Fall Concert


Fall dance girls

(From left) Slippery Rock University dance majors Kristen Bailey of Delmont, Monica Traggiai of Sarver, Lindsay McGivern of Allison Park, and Michelle Russ of Frostburg, Maryland practice for their performance at SRU's Theatre's Dec. 5-6 Fall Concert.

Nov. 25, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre's Fall Concert will present choreography and performance in a variety of styles by more than 20 dance majors and a classical Indian dance by Jaya Mani, instructor of dance.

The concert will be presented at 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5-6, in SRU's Swope Recital Hall.

Each day features a different program; none of the dances presented Dec. 5 will be repeated the next day. The Indian dance is Dec. 6 only.

"We are delighted to feature two entirely different programs. The works presented showcase the talent and creativity of our dance majors and minors," said Jennifer Keller, SRU professor of dance and concert production coordinator.

Kathryn Braunwarth, a dance major from Craigersville, Ohio, created choreography for Erica Burke, a dance major from Wellsboro, to perform.

"I chose to set a solo for Erica because I knew she could connect to the storyline on a personal level," Braunwarth said. "Erica is excellent at portraying emotions through her movement and I really wanted this piece to make a statement to the audience."

"The piece is about being somewhere but wanting to be somewhere else," Burke said. "Kathryn gave me the essence of the choreography but also gave me the room to play with it, adding my artistry and personality."

Kaila Belinda, a dance major from Philipsburg, will present solo and group works during Dec. 5's program.

"To connect my pieces, I focused on the elements, inspired by my roommate who is an environmental science major," Belinda said. "The elements I chose to use are earth for my group piece and air for my solo. It was a challenge for my solo to not use my typical movements but to step outside the box and find a light airy quality."

Emily Gardiner, a dance major from Bethlehem, will present a group work on the program.

"My piece is about resilience," she said. "I asked my performers to write about a time when dance helped them get back up after a time of struggle. It was nice to work with such a group of people that could personalize the material for themselves."

Students performing Dec. 5 are dance majors Aliecia Anderson of Pittsburgh, Alyssa Bradley of Pittsburgh, Maria Crist of Lancaster, New York, Melanie Dunbar of Pittsburgh, Meghan Haskins of Petrolia, Gregory Kompare of Glenshaw, Savannah McCartney of Moundsville, West Virginia, Karen Montague of Roslyn and Maggie Schultz of Northeast.

The Dec. 6 programs features dance majors Kristen Bailey of Delmont, Kathryn Braunwarth of Craigersville, Ohio, Tara Dubac of New Kensington, Taylor Hahn of Hanover, Kylie Hushon of Eldred, Gregory Kompare of Glenshaw, Malena Maust of Butler, Emma Pfeifer of North Huntingdon, Michelle Russ of Frostburg, Maryland, Chalice Streitman of Butler, Ann Tager of Slippery Rock, Madison Yankovich of Ridgway and Mani.

Tickets, $6 for SRU students and $8 for the general public, are available at the Smith Student Center Information Desk or at the door.

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