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Jan. 14 , 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
734.487.4400
Carol.Anderson@emich.edu

EMU dance program mixes ballet, jazz and hip hop

YPSILANTIA dance concert of modern, hip-hop, ballet and jazz called “Dancing DisPlay,” will be presented by Eastern Michigan University Jan. 21-22, 8 p.m.,; and Jan. 23, 2 p.m., at EMU’s Quirk Theatre.  Tickets are $10 and $8 and are available at the Quirk Theatre box office, 734.487.1221; the Convocation Center, 734.487.2282; or on-line at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy.

The choreography is by EMU dance faculty Julianne Pedersen and Sherry Jerome and

local choreographers Tim Smola, Amy Cova, and Holly Hobbs as well as modern dance choreographer Bill Evans.

The various dance presentations include common themes of sisters and sisterhood, competition and bragging rights, and the walls and freedoms in our everyday lives.

The concert includes:

  • “Craps,” a modern dance by featured guest artist Evans. It demonstrates how women compete

with each other. EMU professor Joann McNamara is the rehearsal director.

  • “Those Walls,” a modern dance premiere by Jerome that explores barriers to movement.

She also presents excerpts from “Swan Lake” with music by Tchaikovsky.

  • “There, There, There,” a modern dance by Pedersen. It is based on the theory of birth order

and the influence the order has on relationships. Text and music are by Anton Dvorak.

  • “Saisons Sensuelles,” a contemporary work by Hobbes. With music by Jean-Michel

Damase, the dance demonstrates the changing needs for desire and dependence.

  • “Ch-Check It Out,” a hip hop piece by Smola. This premiere piece explores athleticism,

creativeness and passion. The dance has music by the Beastie Boys as well as drummer Brian Sharp, who will perform live.

  • “Akht” (the Arabic word for sister), a jazz dance by Cova. The piece was inspired by the

strength and survival of women everywhere. The dancer is Shakira.

            For more information, contact Pedersen at 734.487.0900.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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