By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Dance Company will host its annual Spring Dance Concert April 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The concert will feature a mix of jazz, ballet and modern dance, with original choreography by guest artists Michael Yasenak and Cathy Young, as well as Matthew Neenan, artistic director of Ballet X.
The program includes new work fusing a variety of techniques by faculty choreographers Er-Dong Hu and Kelly Knox, and student choreographers Abbie Dearman and Kelsey Tangel. Dearman is a senior majoring in elementary education, and Tangel is a junior majoring in psychology.
Knox, who is an assistant professor of dance at Bucknell, will present original choreography featuring the five graduating seniors of the Bucknell Dance Company.
Hu, who is an associate professor of dance and director of the concert, will share with the audience a colorful, celebrational Chinese production incorporating traditional Chinese folk dance and props.
Hu's piece also will display the talents of guest performers and Bucknell professors Knox, Dustyn Martincich and Bob Gainer. Martincich is an assistant professor of theater and dance, and Gainer is a professor emeritus of theater and dance.
"The talent, technique, and emotional quality that the dancers exhibit along with the use of a wide variety of choreographic vocabulary is stunning," said Hu.
The concert will feature costume designs by Paula Denise Davis, associate professor of theater and dance; Pam Miller, costume shop manager; Alizon Baretsky, costume design intern; and Breanna Eckley, a senior majoring in theater.
Tickets are $8 a person, $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance at the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center and in the Bookstore and at the door one hour before each performance. For more information about the performance, call 570-577-1000.
The Spring Dance Concert is supported by Bucknell University, the Association for the Arts and individual contributions from alumnus Richard Klein.
Since its inception in 1988, the Bucknell Dance Company and Bucknell Dance Program have shared the artistry of dance through choreography and performance with the Bucknell and Lewisburg community. Bucknell Dance Company concerts have celebrated many dance genres and cultural traditions, allowing the audience and the students an opportunity to be educated, as well as entertained. The program has grown to include new faculty and a Dance Merits Scholarship for students interested in a dance minor.
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