Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Cedar Crest College Alumnae Perform Second Annual Benefit Concert

Allentown, PA (September 5, 2003) - For the second year in a row, Cedar Crest College dance alumnae and faculty are putting their dancing shoes back on to perform a benefit concert in memory of Carol Welton Kelly, former director of the dance program at Cedar Crest College. The concert will be held on September 13 at 8 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Kelly, who passed away on March 3, 2002, was an assistant professor of dance, director of the dance program and founder of the dance major at Cedar Crest. She had been a teacher at the College for 25 years.

The show will contain modern, ballet, tap and jazz performances to music by Norah Jones, Barbara Streisand, Jewel, the "Cirque de Soleil" and "The Lion King" soundtracks. The show is directed by Robin Gerchman, Director of Dance at Cedar Crest. "Carol Kelly was the voice of dance at Cedar Crest for 25 years. We felt that this concert would be a fitting tribute to her," said Gerchman.

Alumnae choreographers and performers will include:
· Cate Mease, '00
· Susan Anhorn, '02
· Meghan Zakorchemny Jarvie, '96
· Amanda Boyarsky, '03
· Beth Peters, '01
· Joanellyn Schubert Lewis, '01
· Joyce Pencek, '96
· Michelle Jacobs, faculty
· Caryn Lutz, '03
· Casandra Mora, '03
· Jaime Kuhns, '03
· Tina Oliphant, faculty

"We are very excited to have our dance alumnae join us, both as participants and guests. They were all influenced by Carol," says Gerchman. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the Carol Welton Kelly Dance Award for Movement Studies. The award is presented to an outstanding senior dance student who during her first three years exhibited promise in human movement exploration from mastering the physical technique to scholarly research in dance and is committed to human movement possibilities through theory and practice. This years recipient is Lauren Gonzalez '04, of Flushing, New York.

Ticket prices for the concert are as follows: $10, $8, and $5 if purchased in advance; $12, $10, and $6 if purchased at the door. For more information, call the Cedar Crest Box Office at 610-606-4608.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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