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Dance 27 to Feature Varied
Program on March 8-10

Posted February 26, 2001

HOLLAND -- 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.

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