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Concert Dance Company to present 'Danceworks' March 31-April 2

RELEASED: March 21, 2011

DanceWorksEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present "Danceworks 2011" at 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 2 in Kjer Theatre.

The UW-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company comprises students from a variety of majors in nearly every department on campus. Students will perform dances inspired by the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and ethnic dance.

DanceworksThe group will present 12 pieces under the direction of Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance. The concert will include a performance choreographed by artist-in-residence Karis Sloss, artistic director of The Eclectic Edge in Minneapolis. Sloss was on campus earlier this semester and conducted auditions for the piece.

"'Danceworks' is really diverse in style," said junior Allison Frosch, Prairie du Sac. "The audience will constantly be presented with something intriguing and different from the piece they just saw prior.

"The majority of 'Danceworks' showcases student choreography, so the audience gets to see not only the performers, but the creators, too," Frosch said.

"The Opening," choreographed by prestigious professional dancer Uri Sands, co-founder of TU Dance, will open the concert. TU Dance is a nonprofit professional dance organization based in Minnesota. Sands will perform at UW-Eau Claire April 4 as part of the university's Artists Series (see related news release).

Other "Danceworks" performances will include:

  • "Werewolf," choreographed by senior Andrea Krunnfusz, Baraboo.

  • "In Title Only," choreographed by seniors Shane Capaul, Mayer, Minn., and Caitlin Rathburn, White Bear Lake, Minn. The piece is the result of a student-faculty collaborative research project with Poll-Sorensen, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

  • "Shame Culture," choreographed by junior Katelyn Derricott, Apple Valley, Minn.

  • "Blind Disposition," choreographed by Frosch.

  • "Bitter World, Grieving Earth," choreographed by sophomore Josie Balk, Rothschild.

  • "Cue Dance, Cue Sound, Cue Lights," choreographed by Poll-Sorensen.

  • "Isosceles," choreographed by Rathburn.

  • "In Rhythm," choreographed by Sloss.
  • "Relinquished Hope," choreographed by Capaul.

  • "Rhythm 101," choreographed by Alyssa Geyen and Stephanie Schneider, both from Eagan Minn.

  • "X-ist," choreographed by Derricott.

Frosch said the audience can expect to experience a wide range of emotions throughout the performance.

"Some pieces have a playful vibe and will generate laughter; others will undoubtedly provoke mature thought and emotion," Frosch said. "Every dancer on stage wants to share something with the audience, whether that be a story or an emotion. Their passion and dedication to dance will surely display itself to those watching."

Four of the night's selections will be performed at the American College Dance Festival in Wichita, Kan., in April.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727, are $12 for the general public; $10 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and those 62 and older; $8 for those 17 and younger; and $4.50 for students with a university ID.



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