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04/16/2009

Student Choreography Showcase Begins April 24

Quick Facts

 The showcase will run April 24 at 8 p.m., April 25 at 2 and 8 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.
 Eleven junior dance majors have choreographed original pieces for the showcase.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Eleven junior dance majors will explore the complexities of relationships, family dynamics, struggles to reach personal goals and many more concepts through dance during the Student Choreography Showcase April 24-26 at Winthrop.

The showcase will feature 11 dance pieces choreographed and designed by advanced dance students. Choreographers include Claretta Bethea (Mullins, S.C.); Reba Bowens (Charleston, S.C.); Michelle Dickson (Lancaster, S.C.); Laura Hendricks (Hopewell Junction, NY); Megan Hoeffner (Bivalve, Md.); Jessica Roszell (Aiken, S.C.); Luna Burgess, Chantelle Sauls and Ashton Waldron, all of Rock Hill; Stephanie Shannon (Hopkins, S.C.); and Marissa Tusa (Alpharetta, Ga.). The choreographers, all students in a semester-long class, have planned all aspects of their pieces, from turning the original concepts into choreographed dances to designing costumes and coordinating lighting, according to Assistant Professor of Dance Stephanie Milling, the showcase’s faculty coordinator.

To create this showcase of unique, expressive modern contemporary dance pieces, the choreographers will collaborate with faculty members Biff Edge, lighting design/sound engineering, and Janet Gray, costume design, stage manager Naomi Simpson (Anderson, S.C.) and a cast of 28 student dancers.

Milling said the showcase's diversity will "make the concert very unique and interesting." She added that the showcase "will show what our students are thinking about in their personal lives and professional lives."

The Student Choreography Showcase will run April 24 at 8 p.m., April 25 at 2 and 8 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. Tickets are $8 with Winthrop I.D. and $15 for the general public. Seating is reserved.

Call the box office at 803/323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu to reserve tickets.


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