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Dance Companies to Represent
Hope College in Statewide Showcase

Posted October 4, 2000

HOLLAND -- Aerial Dance Theater and InSync Dance Theater, two Hope College-affiliated dance companies, will be performing in Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Michigan Dance Council Showcase Concert.

Each company will present work that has been nominated for the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award to be presented at the end of the event. Hope College- affiliated choreographers Linda Graham and Rosanne DeVries account for two of the seven pieces nominated for the honor.

Aerial Dance Theater, co-directed by Steven Iannacone and Linda Graham of the Hope dance faculty, will be performing Graham's "Red Wolf," which is "an exploration of the wild that lives within," according to Graham. "Red Wolf" combines dance with the physicality and focus of martial arts. The choreography also captures the intensity and spirit of tribal ritual as dancers use long wooden poles to demonstrate the physical and mental stamina of tribal women. The movement is set to rhythmic Algerian music, which produces a sense of urgency in the dancers. "Red Wolf" is performed by Hope College seniors Brianne Fry, Christine Lutz, Emily Poel and Amy Vertalka, and by Hope graduate Lara Bremer.

InSync Dance Theater, Hope's resident jazz and tap company, will showcase "Urban Jam," choreographed by new Hope College dance faculty member Rosanne DeVries. According to DeVries, the piece "celebrates the very breath of tap dance--rhythm." The piece has dancers using both drumsticks and their feet as instruments in creating rhythms. "Urban Jam" was originally set to music, but the power and climax of overlapping rhythms compelled the choreographer to perform the piece a cappella. The work, resembling a challenge in which each dancer tries to out- show the rest, blends playful, carefree improvisation with hard-edged rhythms. Dancing in "Urban Jam" are company members Rosanne DeVries, Sandra Federico, Suki Fox-Keita, Mandy Olsen, Rusty Reeves, Matthew Stehle and Danny Taylor. InSync Dance Theater was co-founded by Hope College dance faculty members Dawn McIlhargey-Wigert and Terri Filips.

The Showcase Concert is part of the Michigan Dance Council Dance Day, held at Lansing Community College on Saturday, Oct. 14. The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. and continues with a variety of master classes and the Michigan Dance Council annual meeting. The day concludes with the Showcase Concert and presentation of the Maggie Allesee Award at 3:30 p.m. in Dart Auditorium. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Michigan Dance Council at (313) 577-4247.

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