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Orchesis Dance Concert showcases student works

Nov. 4, 2005

KALAMAZOO--There is something for everyone at the Orchesis Dance Concert, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, in the Dalton Center's Multimedia Room at Western Michigan University.

Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11, and at 3 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. A reception follows the Friday evening performance. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 for WMU students and $7 for all others.

The concert features the choreographic, performance and technical skill of Western Michigan University students through dance pieces ranging in styles from energetic hip hop to quirky modern to fluid lyrical dance. This concert is a starting point for dance students to begin their journey into artistic independence and expression. The concert is produced entirely by the Orchesis Dance Society, made up of WMU students interested in the art of dance.

This year's concert will include eight original dances that range from a burlesque modern dance titled "Les Desmoiselles" by sophomore Sylvia Schourek to a modern day hip hop dance titled "Closet Freaks" by sophomore Jackie Nowicki. While Schourek's dancers depict turn of the century France through abstract hand gestures and contorted, doll-like movements, Nowicki says, "I want my dance to be fun and uplifting." Her hip hop dance choreographed to rock music by Fall Out Boy is about letting go of all inhibitions and features dynamic lifts and fast, accented movements.

The remainder of the concert features six other student-choreographed and student-performed works. Such modern pieces will include a small group piece titled "Wash Over Me" by senior Noel Powers and a duet titled "Parallel Equivalence" by sophomore Brittanie Rayfield. Sophomore Angelina Grima will present a little jazz with "Won't be Waiting" as will senior Erica Edwards with "Intense Desire." Senior Love Miller will add a blend of jazz and modern with her lyrical piece "Beside Myself." On the opposite end of the spectrum freshman Jessie Cosintino will make her choreographic debut at WMU with her funky hip hop piece "On and On."

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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