Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Washington College Dance Company Presents Spring Concert

Chestertown, MD, April 10, 2007 — The Washington College Dance Company, under the direction of Dr. Karen L. Smith, will present its annual Spring Dance Concert at the College's Cain Athletic Center, Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. The concert, which will kick off the beginning of National Dance Week, commences with a special matinee for local schoolchildren on Thursday, April 19, at 1:15 p.m. Subsequent performances are Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m.

This year's program will feature a variety of dance styles—classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip hop and lyrical, as well as Nepali and Japanese dance—performed by more than 30 students.

Ensemble dances include "Get Lost," choreographed by Hilary Sama; "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Woman" and "Rhythm Management," choreographed by Lindsay Merhige; "Breathe Me" and "Alone," choreographed by Lindsey Webster; "It's Funtastic!" choreographed by Alicia Moore; "Caribbean Blue" and "Alegria," choreographed by Barbara Harrington and Laura Connelly; "Tikuli Hai Mero," choreographed by Shrijana Puri; "Next to You" and "Dare You to Move," choreographed by Lauren Thomas; "Rock Stars" and "SexyBack," choreographed by Katie Himmelberger; and "So-Ran Bushi," a traditional Japanese dance.

The show also will feature a dance from the repertoire of Sho' Troupe, Washington College's dance team. Titled "Break It Off," it is choreographed by Lindsay Merhige and Barbara Harrington.

Nine solos and duets will be performed under the choreography of Diane Swenson, Gillian Bourassa, Jenn German, Karen Lynn Smith, Barbara Harrington, Lindsay Merhige, Amanda Boutwell, Lindsey Webster and Lauren Thomas.

Performers in the concert are seniors Amanda Boutwell, Rachel Calhoun, Lindsay Merhige, Carly Mitchell, Alicia Moore, Rie Nakayama, Yuki Nishida, Hilary Sama, Lauren Stranahan, Lindsey Webster; juniors Carimanda Baynard, Laura Connelly, Gunther DuHoffman, Sarah Dulle, Jenn German, Barbara Harrington, Katie Himmelberger, Tsubasa Iwai, Laura Newman, Sarah Pierson, Diane Swenson, Kana Takio, Masayuki Terashima and Kanae Tokunaga; sophomores Melissa Ackermann, Gillian Bourassa, Maoko Ishikawa, Kisato Takenaka and Lauren Thomas; and freshmen Sanae Aoyagi, Kathy Bands, Riley Carbonneau, Jackie Garcia, Stacey Helmer, Nicole Hovermale, Audrey Kossman, Becky Lang, Chika Miyata, Katie Rivara, Ayaka Sugimoto and Waka Tomita.

The Spring Dance Concert will feature a raffle for a chance to win a "Night at the Movies" or an Eastern Shore-themed basket filled with goodies. Tickets for the raffle cost $1 and can be purchased during all three performances. The winners will be drawn at the end of the Saturday performance.

The Spring Dance Concert is open to the public; a $1 donation is welcomed. For more information, call 410-778-7237.

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