Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Washington College Dance Company Presents Spring Concert

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Dance Company, under the direction of Prof. Karen L. Smith, will present its annual Spring Dance Concert at the College's Cain Athletic Center, Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19. The concert, which will kick off the beginning of National Dance Week, commences with a special matinee for local schoolchildren on Thursday, April 17, at 1:15 p.m. Subsequent performances are Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m.

This year's program will feature a variety of dance styles—classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, as well as Spanish Flamenco—performed by more than 25 students.

Ensemble dances include "Rhythm", "Apologize" and "Toy Soldiers" choreographed by Lauren Thomas '09; "Near to You" and "Memory" choreographed by Barbara Harrington '08; "Lady Marmalade" and "Respect" choreographed by Diane Swenson '08; "Brand New Bag" choreographed by Laura Connelly '08; "Kitri Variation" and "The Graduate" choreographed by Jenn German '08; "Low" and "Look Pretty" choreographed by Katie Himmelberger '08; and a Spanish Flamenco dance choreographed by Kathy Bands '10.

The show also will feature a dance from the repertoire of Sho' Troupe, Washington College's dance team, titled "Don't Stop the Music" and choreographed by Lauren Thomas '09.

Seven solos will be performed under the choreography of Barbara Harrington, Diane Swenson, Jenn German, Katie Himmelberger, Laura Connelly, Kathy Bands and Lauren Thomas.

Performers in the concert are Seniors Carimanda Baynard, Laura Connelly, Jenn German, Barbara Harrington, Katie Himmelberger, Katie Kirlin and Diane Swenson; Juniors Slavina Batalova and Lauren Thomas; Sophomores Kathy Bands, Riley Carbonneau, Mary Fletcher, Nicole Hovermale, Megan Johnson and Katie Rivera; and First-year students Rachel Dittman, Allison Farrow, Ally Happel, Paige Harrison, Nichole Horn, Erica Henderson, Mara Smith, Kelly Topita and Mandy Tuttle.

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.

April 1, 2008

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