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Variety of Styles Showcase Student Talent in ‘Spring Dances’ at Cedar Crest College

Allentown, Pa. (March 4, 2010)—Cedar Crest College presents “Spring Dances,” featuring the choreography of dance faculty, on Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, at 8 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre of the College’s Tompkins College Center. Robin Gerchman, director of dance at Cedar Crest, will guide students through a variety of dance genres including jazz, tap, ballet and modern.

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“This concert is about letting the dancers explore the endless possibilities of dance and hone their technical skills in a performance setting,” said Gerchman. “The audience will see everything from classical ballet to modern pieces to a uniquely autobiographical tap piece. There is truly something for every dance enthusiast.”

The eclectic mix of dance includes a new autobiographical tap work by faculty choreographer Nicole Hockenberry titled, “Alza’s Piece.” This original work—which features everything from the unique jazz structure of Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” to the contemporary, heartfelt words of John Lennon’s, “Beautiful Boy”—is a rhythmic journey into the life of a four-year-old boy with autism and epilepsy, and how mom and dad, sister and brother, and husband and wife try to maintain normalcy in their relationships in the face of daunting challenges.

Other Cedar Crest faculty dance pieces include: Pattie Bostick-Winn’s jazz choreography, “Jazz on Jazz,” which explores complementing and contrasting movement; Gerchman’s modern piece, “And Then There Was One,” which represents the weaning away from the group and the peeling away of layers, exposing the frustration of rediscovering who you truly are; Margo Clifford Ging’s ballet piece, “Ritual,” which centers on a dancer’s rituals before performance; and Michelle Jacob’s piece, “Love Lessons,” which combines poetry, text and music to explore what relationships have taught us about love and ourselves.

Tickets for “Spring Dances” are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; and $5 for students with I.D. For more information contact the Box Office at 610-606-4608 or visit www.cedarcrest.edu/stage.


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