The Appalachian State University Spring Dance Ensemble – Dancers Spring into Action in Mysterious New Works

Published Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

DancerMarch 19, 2012. BOONE — The Appalachian State University (ASU) Department of Theatre and Dance presents an incredible exhibition featuring a myriad of brand new dances choreographed by faculty and students in this year’s Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble. The festival will run Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday, March 31 with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $6 for ASU students and youth, $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for adults. Tickets are on sale now from the Valborg Box Office. For more information check out www.theatre.appstate.edu or call the box office at 828-262-3063.

Consisting of never-before-seen original works, the auditions for this production are open to all students from any major, whether they want to perform or choreograph, and consists of approximately 120 auditionees chosen by faculty members. These faculty directors include Susan Lutz, Sherone Price and Regina Gulick-James. Student choreographers include Jordan Melton, Brooke Rideout, Kayla Fitzpatrick, Tonya Lucas and Meaghan Philbrook. The dances offer a variety of styles being brought to the stage, mostly modern, but will include Latin, Irish, Modern, Krumping and Traditional African to mention a few.

This year’s program includes two pieces choreographed by faculty and five by students. A special work in Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble is a Mendiani African dance choreographed by Sherone Price. He says this year is the first ever that includes an African dance piece. Price is a professional dancer with vast experience in the arts of African dance, who pulled much of his inspiration from the exotic dance of Meniani. This dance is performed as a right of passage for women in Africa, and is performed as a celebration in America.

Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., or by phone at 828-262-3063. The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble runs March 28 through March 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for adults. More information is available online at www.theatre.appstate.edu.

The Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street., facing the back of the Turchin Arts center on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Rivers Street parking deck.

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