Jan. 18, 2001

Contact Person: Joann McNamera



YPSILANTI &endash; The Eastern Michigan University Dance program will present its 49th annual dance concert, "Picture This," featuring modern classical ballet and jazz dances, Jan. 26 and 27, at 8 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in Quirk Theatre on the EMU campus.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students with a current EMU I.D. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call Quirk Theatre Box at 734.487.1221. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the Linda Crum Hemmelgarn Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The concert will feature a selection from "Center My Heart," choreographed by

Doug Elkins, director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Doug Elkins Dance Company of New York, with music by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Performed by EMU dancers Becky Evans, Tia Garcia, Sarah Stengle, Crystal Trongo and Paul Wood, the piece is a reflection on human worship from an Asian perspective.

"Center My Heart" premiered in 1996 at Dance Theatre Workshop of New York City. Lisa Nicks, founding member of the Elkin's company, staged the work with EMU dancers during a week-long residency in October.

The prologue of "Sleeping Beauty," choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged by Professor Sherry Jerome to music by Tchaikovsky, features six solo variations danced by Mary Hendricks, Melissa Lounsbery, Shannon McHale, Tamara Pogue, Tera Sky Sipos and Ami Smith. Jerome also has choreographed a contemporary ballet, "Things of Dreams," to music by Benoit Jutras

"It Ain't Getting Any Greener" is a modern dance choreographed by Julianne

Pederson and set to music by Chucho Valdez, with a text arrangement by Edie Herrold. It will be performed by Tia Garcia, Shannon McHale, Tamara Pogue, Erin Quellhorst, and Tera Sky Sipos. According to Pedersen, "This work investigates human traffic in moments of getting stuck, of stalling, of near-misses and of finding an open road."

Guest artist Gregory Patterson, professor of dance at Oakland University and a member of the Eisenhower Dance Company, has choreographed "Lighten Up," a jazz dance based on rhythm and syncopation performed to music by the Beastie Boys. Tia Garcia, Amanda Melzak, Tera Sky Sipos, Heather Rose, Crystal Trongo and Veronica Von Matt will perform. "With a slight competitive edge between its dancers, the piece throws attitude accompanied by the instrumental music of the Beastie Boys," said Pederson.

"Picture Book," a modern dance choreographed by EMU alumna Apryl Seech, will be performed by dancers Beth Butzlaff, Elizabeth Lange, Nicole Manvel, DeVonne Mc Millen, Amanda Melzak, Sarah Stengle and Crystal Trongo. Inspired by the many stories told by the choreographer's grandmother, it is staged to music by Morton Felman, and Ira and George Gershwin.