posted February 26, 2001

Dance 27 Features Varied Program

The Dance 27 concert at Hope College
will feature tap, jazz, modern and ballet works
choreographed by Hope faculty.

This year's concert will be presented Thursday
through Saturday, March 8-10, at the main thatre of the
DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
Curtain time for all performances will be 8 p.m.

Linda Graham, associate professor of dance, will
be presenting a ballet piece for the concert titled
"Sketches." The piece is set to "Suite II" and "Tango,"
both by Igor Stravinsky, and Graham hopes the five sections,
"Marche," "Waltz," "Tango," "Polka" and "Galop," will
embrace the dynamic and animated persona of each ballroom
style, and the result will be a "charming, idiosyncratic
ballet, performed with a good natured wink towards
neoclassicism."

"Fitting Out" is a rhythmic tap piece
choreographed by Roseanne DeVries. The work is set to the
music of Bobby McFerrin, and explores the concept of
dancers' or any artists' choice of "fitting out in life
instead of fitting in" according to societial standards when
deciding to pursue a life in the arts.

Julio Enrique Rivera, visiting assisting professor
of dance, has choreographed a modern piece that is as-yet
untitled. The dynamic piece, set to the music of Sinead
O'Connor, incorporates the use of chairs throughout.

"Mango," choreographed by Dawn McIlhargey-Wigert,
adjunct professor of dance, is a jazz piece. The
atmospheric dance is set in the midst of a tropical dream
scene, and set to the music of Bruce Cockburn.

Steven Iannacone, assistant professor of dance,
choreographed a modern piece titled "3 on 2 By Chopin" and
set to the music of Fredrick Chopin. Iannacone describes the
piece as revisiting the "lushness" of the music. The
dancers portray three women who are fragile, though "not in
the old fashioned sense of the Romantic Era, but still
vulnerable without giving up their strength or appearing
helpless."

John Dayger, assisting dance professor,
choreographed a modern piece titled "Sparkly Dresses," and
visiting assisting professor Ray Tadio choreographed a
modern piece.

Hope students involved in Dance 27 are: junior
Hannah Bira of Flushing; junior Robin Brintnall of
Hudsonville; sophomore Dan Bruggers of Lima, Peru; senior
Kelly Buwalda of Granger, Ind.; sophomore Carla Carrozzierre
of Rochester, N.Y.; freshman Amy Christensen of St. Charles,
Ill.; freshman Deanna Clouse of Jackson; freshman Kathleen
Davenport of Gainesville, Fla.; sophomore Noelle Davids of
Big Rapids; junior Katie Delozier of Mount Vernon, Ohio;
sophomore Amanda Drozer of Grosse Pointe.

And: sophomore Mary Dunlap of Saline; freshman
Matthew Farmer of Bangor; junior Tana Vivian Ferguson of
Grass Valley, Calif.; senior Brianne Fry of St. Joseph;
freshman Colette Harris of Chicago, Ill.; freshman Tim Heck
of Libertyville, Ill.; freshman Joy Hofmeyer of Oelwein,
Iowa; freshman Hennah Khan of Sparks, Nev.; sophomore Ashley
Kightlinger of Cooperstown, Pa.; freshman Roxanne Kowalski
of Comstock Park; senior Jodi Kurtze of Elkhart, Ind.;
senior Christine Lutz of Rochester, N.Y.; junior Helen
Meronek of Auburn Hills.

Also: sophomore Amanda Olson of Oak Park, Ill.;
sophomore Amanda Petersen of Wheeling, Ill.; senior Hilary
Peterson of Jacksonville, Ill.; senior Emily Poel of Grand
Rapids; senior Matthew Stehle of Pittsburgh, Pa.; freshman
Ashley Stoneburner of Fort Wayne, Ind.; senior Danny Taylor
of Story City, Iowa; senior Danika Van Beek of Libertyville,
Ill.; junior Charlotte van Coevorden of Brussels, Belgium;
senior Amy Vertalka of Grand Ledge; sophomore Bethany White
of Evansville, Ind.; and junior Jennifer Yoh of Wooster,
Ohio.

Maxine DeBruyn and Linda Graham are the concert's
coordinators. Erik Alberg is the technical director and
lighting designer, with Cindy Alberg as the production's
stage manager. The costumes for Dance 27 are designed by
Anne C. de Velder.

Tickets for Dance 27 are available from the
theatre lobby ticket office located in DeWitt Center, and
cost is $6 for regular admission, and $4 for senior
citizens, Hope faculty and students. The ticket office is
open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616)
395-7890.