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March 19, 2004

UW-RF Dance Theatre Presents Spring Concert

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the return of spring after a long, dreary winter? Then go to the UW-River Falls Dance Theatre's Annual Spring Concert and become mesmerized by the grace and movement of the dancers.

The concert will be held March 30-April 3 at 8 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $5 for students, seniors and children, and $7 for adults. The performance on March 31 is student night, with tickets discounted at $4 for students.

This year's concert blends faculty, guest and student choreography with a wide variety of styles, ranging from high-energy jazz to contemporary modern dance pieces.

Dance Theatre Artistic Director Karla Zhe and dance instructors Susan Sell and Torrion Amie have choreographed diverse styles of dance for the concert, such as hip-hop and abstract modern.

Dance Theatre alumna Mari Kline, a dance performance major from the University of Minnesota; Taean Richmond, a tai-kwon do instructor and UW-RF student; and Starla Dixen, a choreographer of dances for the theatre in the past, are returning to add their inventive and technically demanding pieces to the program.

Highlights of the concert include a piece choreographed by senior Amanda Lorenz, a broadcast journalism major from West St. Paul, Minn., plus a Korean sword dance and a structured improvisation The concert will conclude with a large group piece danced by 35 members of the Dance Theatre, choreographed by Zhe.

Brooke Jee In Newmaster, an instructor for the Chang Mi Korean Dancers, is in charge of the Korean sword dance. She has studied traditional Korean dance in Korea and has received two Minnesota arts board folk art grants.

A unique highlight, a structured improvisation, has been added this year by Colin Rusch, a guest choreographer from the Walker Art Center. He is a dance artist, presenter and art activist who co-founded and co-directs Mulch, a dance and music improvisation series at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.

Student members participating in the concert are: junior Cindy Assis, a psychology major from Frontenac, Minn.; sophomore Jesica Anderson, a Spanish education major from Shakopee, Minn.; sophomore Dorean Bockenhauer, a speech communications major from Merrimac; senior Amanda Bryan, a biochemistry major from North Branch, Minn.; freshman Meg Burns, an elementary education major from White Bear Lake, Minn.; freshman Christina Carlini, a speech communications major from Woodbury, Minn.; and senior Jennifer Clay, a history major from River Falls.

Also participating are Timothy Dolan, a junior business administration and management information systems major from Racine; freshman Lauren Edwards, an art and communications major from Annandale, Minn.; senior Shawna Egan, a marketing communications major from Bloomington, Minn.; freshman Anita-Carine Guessou, an accounting major from Douala, Cameroon, Africa; sophomore Diana Johnson, an elementary education major from Milaca, Minn.; sophomore Tabitha Johnson, a broad field social studies major from Little Canada, Minn.; senior Nakati Kakosso, a French major from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and junior Erin Kolnberger, a business administration and health and human performance major from South St. Paul, Minn.

Additional dancers include senior Elizabeth Kiley, an agricultural engineering technology major from Green Bay; senior Ruby Lanoux, a secondary education major from Oakdale, Minn.; Jennifer Malmquist of Duluth, Minn.; freshman Chrissy Mathews of Fall Creek; junior Mary Meyer, a psychology major from Eagan, Minn.; Lisa Moran of Rochester, Minn.; senior Lisa Ormand, a biology major from Rochester, Minn.; senior Loni Okland, a social work major from Eveleth, Minn.; freshman Shayla Rechtzigel, a biology major from Newport, Minn.; junior Sara Sanfilippo, a horticulture major from Minocqua; Morgan Siegrist of Cottage Grove, Minn.; freshman Nicky Tyndall, a dance minor from Ashland.

Dancers who are residents of St. Paul include senior Ger Vue, a health and human performance and business administration major; freshman Bekah Sullivan, a psychology major; sophomore Shakeila Scott, a business management major; freshman Rachelle Goulet, a theatre major; and senior Julie Rowan, a speech communications major.

Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22ŅApril 2 at the box office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets will also be available from 6-8 p.m. before each performance.

For ticket information, call 715/425-3114. For information concerning the Dance Theatre, contact Zhe at 715/425-3131.


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