The Dance Program within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Anderson University will present Spring into Dance 9, the annual faculty and guest artist concert at Reardon Auditorium on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature choreography by guest artist Lynn Peterson and works by dance faculty Jane Hachiya-Weiner, Doug King, Stephanie Nugent, George Salinas, Debra Silveus, Shauna Steele and Oybek Tashpulatov.
[Photo: Lynn Peterson works with students during her residency on campus. Photo credit: Dale Pickett.]
”The concert is family friendly and features something for everyone, from ballet to jazz and lighthearted to serious, it’s an evening not to be missed as we celebrate the ninth annual Spring into Dance,” said Shauna Steele, assistant professor of dance and program director of dance at Anderson University.
Ballet works offered in Spring into Dance 9 include an ensemble work by Jane Hachiya-Weiner to the ballet, Don Quixote, where we visit A Piazza in Spain. This piece is an adaptation of excerpts from the full length ballet and explores the classical style with a distinctive Spanish flair. We visit the classical solo works The Dying Swan, restaged by faculty member Oybek Tashpulatov and one of the Raymonda variations also by Hachiya-Weiner before we take a Blast to the Past and revisit our rocker 80s days with Journey. We remember the games we used to play or make up with Press Play by Shauna Steele set to a contemporary arrangement of "My Favorite Things." This is a witty, light-hearted tumble down memory lane. Debra Silveus brings a work originally set on Motus Dance Theatre for the Indy Fringe Fest. Type T uses lightness as a contrasting vehicle to the darkness of fear. Doug King brings ISO-LATE, a classical jazz work and Superstition a contemporary tap work. Other pieces in the concert include works set to Maurice Ravel's Bolero and Claude Debussey's Clare de Lune and feature a work by one of our new faculty members, Stephanie Nugent, who brings us Circa One.
Our guest artist, Lynn Peterson, originally a native of Indianapolis, has pursued a successful career in New York for the past 15 years with her company SYREN Dance. Her work, Ember, is a suite set to the music of Emmy Lou Harris. Lynn was on campus working with the students during a week long residency workshop before the beginning of fall semester. [Photo: Lynn Peterson with photo credit to Christopher Duggan.]
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/AU Faculty/Alumni, $5 for AU students, and children 6-10 yrs. Children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Reardon Box Office at (765) 641-4140.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.