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Two UW-Eau Claire Students to Present Senior Dance Recital May 7

RELEASED: April 25, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students Crystal Pelletier of Hugo, Minn., and Cerissa Murray of Oakdale, both kinesiology majors with minors in dance, will perform their senior dance recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Kjer Theatre. The program will include eight dances from the jazz, tap and ballet traditions. The program is free and open to the public.

The first piece of the recital, choreographed by Pelletier and Murray, will be performed by five dancers to "Sympathique" by Pink Martini. The song addresses a woman's loss of interest in love; all she wants to do is smoke. The dance will portray this laid-back, carefree style through tap dancing.

The second piece, "Bittersweet Ghosts," was choreographed by Kate Brown, Waupaca, and Concert Dance Company member Jesus Martinez, and will be performed by 13 dancers to three songs by composers Phillip Glass, Gabriel Faure and Johannes Brahms. The song is about a girl struggling with past relationships and the "ghosts" that still haunt her. The dance is performed in three movements, each movement showing the progression of her struggles.

The next two works to be presented were co-choreographed by Murray and Pelletier. "Old Friends" is a piece in the ballet tradition, while "Come on out Tonight" is a jazz piece set to Melissa Etheridge's song by the same name. It is essentially about a girl's night out, rocking and having a great time, said Pelletier. "The song is upbeat with a hard rock feel."

Following intermission, CDC students will perform "Individuality," a piece exploring the techniques of Laban, a contemporary dance of analysis and movement.

The second piece, "My Immortal," was choreographed and will be performed by Murray to the song by the same title by Evanescence. "Just a Fan," was choreographed and will be performed by Pelletier to the song "The-Lonely-One" by Wilco. These two solo pieces, both in a lyrical style, will serve as final showcases for each individual dancer.

"Walk with Me," the final piece of the recital, which also will be performed at Danceworks 2005, was co-choreographed and performed by Pelletier and Danielle Larson, Verona, to music by the same name by Caedmons Call. About togetherness and friendship, the song is about finding the person who will always be by your side.

"I love the feeling of performing on stage and being able to communicate creative ideas using my body," said Pelletier.

Pelletier plans to attend the University of Minnesota to continue her education in dance. She hopes to someday perform with a professional company and in time become a professor of dance. Murray plans to attend Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, Minn., to pursue a career in massage therapy.

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