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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

NOT YOUR EVERY DAY NUTCRACKER SUITE

Cedar Crest College Dance Company Presents Holiday Dance Concert "Nuts & Holly"

Live Accompaniment by the Ed McCartan Jazz Trio of Allentown

Allentown, PA (November 15, 2004) - The Cedar Crest College Dance Company proudly presents its holiday dance concert "Nuts & Holly," a jazzy rendition of the "Nutcracker Suite" sprinkled with performances set to traditional holiday melodies. "Nuts & Holly" will be performed December 3rd and 4th at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center.

"The music for this dance concert is very unique," says Robin Gerchman, director of dance at Cedar Crest College and also director of the production. "It is the traditional "Nutcracker" score with a classical jazz twist incorporated and arranged by Duke Ellington. The addition of live accompaniment by the Ed McCartan Jazz Trio will make this an exciting and unique holiday dance performance for the audience."

The setting is a jazz club during the Great Gatsby era, designed by Roxanne Amico. Erica Hoelscher has designed costumes for the dancers befitting of the era but also with respect to the classic "Nutcracker." The performance features modern, jazz, ballet and tap choreography and will conclude with four pieces set to traditional holiday music.

The Ed McCartan Trio, featuring Ed McCartan on guitar, John Gaffney on upright bass and Mike Ciliberti on keyboards, is a dynamic jazz ensemble that performs classic jazz standards, from bebop to cool. They have been featured at jazz festivals and special events in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the East Coast, including the Berks and Rehoboth Beach jazz festivals.

The individual choreographers, including Gerchman, Pattie Bostick-Winn, Margo Clifford Ging and Nicole Hockenberry, have been setting and rehearsing their pieces since the beginning of September. Along with student dancers from Cedar Crest, this production will feature the talents of five male guest dancers, Victor Sanchez, Fernando Avinones, Myles Thatcher, Allan Hansen, Felix Cruz and Anthony Lucas.

"Nuts & Holly" runs December 3rd and 4th at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.

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