Custer serves as guest artist at Appalachian Dance Ensemble

April 4, 2018

Teena Custer, Slippery Rock University instructor of dance, was the guest artist at the Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble, hosted by the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance, March 21-24.

Custer set choreography for ASU dancers and conducted a series of master classes during her on-campus residency, providing examples of House dance, a social form of dance that originated in the late 1970s and early 1980s in underground clubs in cities like Chicago and New York. The production included eight original pieces, including Custer's featured piece, "Quake," performed by ASU dancers in a variety of styles, such as House, ballet, modern, jazz and West African.

Custer is a street dance artist and practitioner who also serves on the faculty at the prestigious American Dance Festival at Duke University. She performs internationally with her all-female street dance crew, Venus Fly, as well as her Pittsburgh-based group, Get Down Gang.