Dance 28 Features Guest Choreographer
Clifton Keefer Brown
Posted March 6, 2002
HOLLAND -- Local choreographer Clifton Keefer
Brown will bring his artistic talent to Holland as guest
choreographer for the Hope College-sponsored Dance 28
This year's concert will run Thursday-Saturday,
March 7-9, in the main theatre of DeWitt Center, located on
Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Curtain time will be 8 p.m.
for all performances.
A modern, jazz and ballet choreographer, Brown
will present a pointe piece titled "Serpente" for the
Brown was born and raised in Chicago. After years
of local study, he pursued and earned a bachelor's degree in
fine arts from the University of Iowa. Immediately upon
graduation, Brown danced with Ballet Arizona as an
apprentice to the corps and, in 1993, joined the Grand
Rapids Ballet as a soloist.
Brown presented many classical and neoclassical
works while living and working in Grand Rapids, and also
maintained a rigorous teaching schedule at the company
school as well as local studios. Most admirably, Brown has
worked with Steps in New Directions, a dance outreach
program designed to engage at-risk children.
Brown recently returned to the West Michigan area
from pursuing a European career in dance--with such
companies as DjazzX Modern Dance Company in the Netherlands,
L'Ensemble Da Micha Van Hoeke in Italy and Friedrichstad
Palast in Germany--to present choreography for the InSync
Dance Theatre. He currently is teaching jazz and ballet at
Hope College, and serves as Artist in Residency at the
Academy of Dance Arts in Grand Rapids.
Hope dancers to be featured in Brown's "Serpente"
include: Colleen Cooney, senior Kristin Debbink of
Appleton, Wis., sophomore Matthew Farmer of Bangor, freshman
Sarah Gardner of Newcastle, Pa., sophomore Colette Harris of
Chicago, Ill., sophomore Tim Heck of Libertyville, Ill.,
junior Helen Meronek of Auburn Hills and senior Jennifer Yoh
of Wooster, Ohio.
Tickets for Dance 28 are available from the
theatre lobby ticket office located in DeWitt Center, and
cost $6 for regular adult admission and $4 for senior
citizens, students, and members of Hope faculty and staff.
The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., as well as
until 8 p.m. on performance nights, and can be called at