JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble Performs in Spring Concerts

From: Public Affairs

Photo by: R. Finkelstein

March 19, 2008

HARRISONBURG The James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance will showcase its nationally recognized dance program when it presents the Contemporary Dance Ensemble in concert.

DATES: Thursday-Saturday, March 27-29, 2008
TIME: 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre, Duke Hall, JMU

Artistic Director Cynthia Thompson has assembled a talented group of JMU performers for the final dance event of the academic year. The concert will highlight the diverse work of JMU faculty, outstanding dance student choreographers and guest artist Todd Rosenlieb, artistic director of Todd Rosenlieb Dance of Norfolk. Rosenlieb, a former dancer with Erick Hawkins, is the owner of The TRDance Center in Norfolk.

The Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert is always a collaborative effort between students and faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance, but the work created by the students is the heart of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. The spring concert showcases the work of seniors Meghan Ballard, Jillian Boelte, Sarah Birgfeld and Jennifer Potosnak and junior Zilda Decker.

Faculty member Cynthia Thompson is restaging the contemporary ballet "Moon Blooms" for six dancers en pointe and faculty member Suzanne Miller-Corso is presenting a new jazz piece, "The Hunt." The concert features a variety of styles including modern, jazz and ballet.

This year, costume designer Kathleen A. Connery will work with guest costume designer Erin M. West, student costume designer Anna Catrina Neubert and student lighting designer Elizabeth A. Coco.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for children under 12, senior citizens and JACard holders. Advance tickets and further ticket information can be obtained through JMU's Masterpiece Season box office at 540-568-7000 or 877-201-7543 (toll free).

The following site contains a map of the Warsaw Avenue parking deck, where audience members may park.

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