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Annual Student Dance Concert Features a Variety of Dance and Music Styles

Allentown, PA (January 27, 2005) - The Cedar Crest Dance Company is proud to present eleven original pieces by student choreographers for its Student Dance Concert 2005. The show, which features a variety of dance styles including modern, lyrical jazz, tap and hip hop, will be performed on February 4th and 5th at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre.

The production itself is almost exclusively student produced with all choreography, dancing, lighting design and costume ideas created by the students. "We wanted to give our students the chance to do more than just dance in a production," says Michelle Munno Jacobs, director of the concert and dance instructor at Cedar Crest. "It's important for the students to become well-versed and gain experience in all aspects of putting a production together from its initial concept stages to a finished product ready for the audience."

All of the students whose work will be showcased auditioned their pieces in November 2004 and have been working with their dancers and advisors to perfect and prepare the pieces for this annual dance event.

Audiences can look forward not only to different dance styles, but also a variety of music styles with everything from contemporary pop to jazz to international music represented. Student choreographer Aki Morimatsu utilized aspects of Japanese culture for her piece entitled "Weight + Power = Movements." Aki, a sophomore dance major from Japan, says that she has learned a great deal about the differences between American and Japanese dance styles by observing her classmates at Cedar Crest. "My piece blends Japanese cultures like Kabuki and dance festivals," says Morimatsu. "The music features traditional Japanese instruments like the drum and flute, but it is also very modern."

The Student Dance Concert runs February 4th and 5th at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Tickets are $5. For more information please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.



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