OA Briefs: Spring Dance Concerts April 24, 2009

College’s Spring Dance Concerts offer family-friendly entertainment April 24-25

Look for a potpourri of dance styles — ballet, tap, jazz, modern — along with musical theater at the Spring Dance Concerts produced by Mesa State College’s dance department.

The family-friendly dance concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, and2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Robinson Theatre, in the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

Here’s some of what you can expect to see at the concerts, according to the college:

Guest choreographer Chung Fu Chang, an internationally known teacher and choreographer, created a modern piece inspired by Chinese calligraphy.

Guest choreographer Holly Lampe, a Los Angeles-based teacher and choreographer, created a West-coast style jazz piece and a hip-hop-like fun tap piece.

Student choreographer Whitney Erin Roberts will restage a historic tap piece by legendary tap icon Buster Brown.

Faculty members also will contribute to the performance. Matt Lindstrom collaborated with local artist Toru Sugita, who has created one of his rope sculptures to act as set for the piece, and Melonie Buchanan Murray collaborated with musical theater faculty member Jeremy Franklin on a Fosse-inspired piece featuring Franklin as the vocal soloist with several musical theater majors also singing.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children. 

Seating is reserved, and tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling 248-1604, in advance or at the door.


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