Chestertown, MD, April 10, 2006 — The Washington College Dance Company presents its annual Spring Dance Concert, April 20-22, in the College's Tawes Theatre. Directed by Professor Karen L. Smith, the Concert will kick off the beginning of International Dance Week and commence with a performance at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, with a special matinee for local school children. Following performances are Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and a $1 donation is welcomed. For information, call the Washington College Dance Program at 410-778-7237.
A raffle will also be held for a chance to win a basket of coupons to local businesses and restaurants. Tickets for the raffle cost $1 and can be purchased during all three performances. The winner will be drawn at the end of the final performance.
This year's program will feature a variety of dance styles—ballet, modern, jazz, Nepali, hip hop, lyrical, and tap—performed by more than thirty students. "Since the beginning of the year, we have been practicing two hours a day, five days a week," says senior Mari Takeuchi. "It's so exciting to have the chance to showcase all of our hard work and the talents of such amazing, dedicated dancers."
Ensemble dances include Le Jazz Hott!, It's Raining Men, and Feeling Good, choreographed by Shannon McCully; Starry Night, choreographed by Hilary Sama; Fairytale, Tainted Love, Dream, and1, 2 Step, choreographed by Lindsey Webster;Khutta Tandai Gara, choreographed by Shrijana Puri; Hip Hopping Machines, choreographed by Alicia Moore; The Olde Headboard,choreographed by Amanda Boutwell; Where Is Your Heart?, choreographed by Lauren Thomas;Call On Me, choreographed by Carol Landis and Rachel Loose; and Walk This Way, choreographed by Liz Jenkins. Ten solos and duets will also be performed under the choreography of Jenn German, Barbara Harrington, Carol Landis, Rachel Loose, Shannon McCully, Lindsay Merhige, Shrijana Puri, Hilary Sama, Karen Lynn Smith, Lauren Thomas, and Lindsey Webster.
Performers in the Spring Dance Concert are seniors Shannon McCully, Liz Jenkins, Carol Landis, Mari Takeuchi, and Rachel Stahm; juniors Amanda Boutwell, Justine Hendricks, Rachel Loose, Lindsay Merhige, Carli Mitchell, Alicia Moore, Hilary Sama, and Lindsey Webster; sophomores Carimanda Baynard, Rachel Calhoun, Laura Connelly, Julie Converse, Ashleigh Genevich, Jenn German, Barbara Harrington, Katie Himmelberger, Diane Swenson, Shrijana Puri, Sarah Pierson, and Meredith Weaver; and freshmen Melissa Ackerman, Aubrey Bemis, Gillian Bourassa, Marielle Latrick, and Lauren Thomas.