Humboldt State University student dance performance presented three nights only, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., April 20-22 at the Van Duzer theatre on the HSU campus. Admission $8, $5 non- HSU students/seniors, free to HSU students. Presented by HSU Dept. of Theatre, Film & Dance. Sharon Butcher, Artistic Director. Tickets: 826-3928

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

But what’s really new this year is the mix of choreographers.

“For the last several years, the faculty did most of the choreography, so the student dancers would have the experience of working with them towards a performance,” said Sharon Butcher, Artistic Director of Momentum and Assistant Professor in the HSU Theatre, Film & Dance department. “But this year we had so many strong pieces choreographed by students that three of us on the faculty took our pieces out of the show, to make more room for student work.”

So the April program will feature two works by faculty: a Middle Eastern dance created by Rose Anthony (known professionally as Shoshanna) and a jazz-driven dance by Andrea Leigh-Smith, plus a sultry salsa extravaganza co-created (with student Tara Lihn) by Erin Fernadez, director of the local FUSION jazz dance company. The rest of the dances are entirely by student choreographers.

The student dances include three --by Tara Lihn, Jennifer Updyke and Emily Stebbins-- that were taken to the American College Dance Festival regional, representing HSU.


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