FSU's Theatre and Dance to Present the Spring Dance Concert: Legends

May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017

The Frostburg State University Dance Company will present its spring 2017 dance concert, "Legends," on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The concert celebrates musical legends while showcasing the high-energy and eclectic works of student choreographers and designers under the guidance of FSU faculty members Jamie McGreevy, Brian Scruggs and Michele Labar.The dance genres range from tap and contemporary to jazz and musical theatre, and the program promises upbeat entertainment for the whole family."Legends" features sevens student-choreographed and student-directed pieces by company members Shaiday Dancy, Krysten Gutrich, Candace Jones, Sarah Polkabla, Alex Stewart and Lauren Williams. Special guest performances by the pre-professional students of Mountain City Center for the Arts will also be highlighted.The evening will kick off with an upbeat, fun-loving work choreographed by Stewart to the famed music of Whitney Houston. Later in the evening, Stewart will present a second piece that pairs the music of Bobby McFerrin with structured improvised movements. Amy Milligan's unique contemporary modern style meshes with the haunting sounds of David Bowie's "Heroes," while the classic smooth jazz of Frank Sinatra is physicalized by choreographer Polkabla. Closing Act I, "Toxicity," choreographed by Jones, raises awareness about the fight against domestic violence.Choreographic newcomer Williams opens Act II and transports the audience back to the energy-packed sass of the 1980s with the partnership of classic jazz dance technique and singer Chaka Khan. Dancy is creating "Lady in Red" to musical inspirations of singer Sade. Dancy will also present a behind-the-scenes documentary that can be viewed in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center before the performance and during intermission.Rounding out the evening, graduating senior Gutrich will present a classic jazz-tap fusion to the work of Michael Jackson, and the concert will conclude with a full-cast performance choreographed by director McGreevy to the classic song "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers."The student choreographers have been working really hard to hone in on their individual creative process while honoring their selected legends of the music industry," McGreevy said. "It has been fun witnessing the challenge of having to select music outside of their normal comfort zone and to see the creative magic that has come of it."Four pieces from the Mountain City Center for the Arts pre-professional program will be performed throughout the evening. The young artists, ages 10 to 17, were selected via auditions. According to Coty Warn-Forno, owner and director of MCCA, the pre-professional dance program is an accelerated learning track preparing students for a career as a professional artist.FSU student choreographers teamed up to create an evening that moves with the student lighting designers Rebekah E. Brown, Andrew H. Anderson, Ryan Z. Compton, Molly Heal, Felicia Jamison, Jacob McCroy, Dazinsky P. Muscadin, Janeni Nathan, Madeline Peirce, Rachel Saylor, Kenneth Waters Jr. and faculty member Scruggs. The Dance Company also partnered with Theatre and Dance's Costume Shop supervisor Labar and student costume designers Peirce and Brittany C. Burtis.Alejandro Portilla-Romero is the production stage manager for the concert, while graduating senior Waters designed sound."I have found that dancing takes courage and heart and a willingness to be an open book for hundreds to see," Waters said. "Working with the Dance Company, I see their grit and the raw passion they have for the craft."Tickets can be purchased online through University Tickets or at the box office. Visit the website at www.frostburg.edu/TheatreDance and click "Buy Tickets" to make an online reservation (service fees apply). Or, for more information about the show and group reservations, call the box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and youth and $14 for the general public.Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.