Celebrating spring with the Steinmetz dance show

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Seventy-two performers will share their talents at the Steinmetz Symposium dance performance May 9 at 4 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. Students will perform numerous new pieces in addition to highlights from the Winter Dance Concert, “The City.”

Professor Jennifer Matsue, director of the World Musics and Cultures program, will accompany her students on gamelan for Maria Dreeszen ’14, who has choreographed a piece inspired by her Balinese mini-term.

Dance minor Jillian Callanan’16 and Marcus Rogers, faculty dancer and choreographer, will perform an intricate tap number to the music of guest musical director Andy Iorio. Their dance will reveal “a friendship found unexpectedly amidst the loneliness of a crowded metropolis.”

Kaitlyn Thoen’14 will debut “Dissonance,” while Jasmine Roth’14 and Elizabeth Magas’15 will unveil a piece to the film score from “Gravity.”

Mallory Bichunsky’14, Brianna Caruccio’16, Grace Kernohan’17, Samantha Moyer’14, J’Kela Smith ’17, Maddison Stemple-Piatt ’17, Ariella Yazdani’16 and Yuqiao Yuan’14 are presenting “Radioactive,” created through choreographic exercises in the Dance Experience course.

In addition, students from the ballroom, Bhangra, break dancing and hip-hop clubs and members of the Dance Team will animate the stage with their high-powered energy.

“This is a festival of dance that embraces all styles,” said Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet. “We are using this occasion to honor the gift of Charles D. Lothridge ’44 in memory of his parents, William (Class of 1879) and Anna Lothridge.”

The campus community is invited to the free dance event. At the end of the show, the 2014 Edward Villella Fellowship will be announced. This award enables exceptional students in dance to expand their studies beyond campus.

Professor William Finlay, chair of the Theater and Dance Department, will name the winners of the College’s Hedda Hainebach award, given bi-annually to a playwright who has written the best short play or to the best actor or actress in a play.