The Lothridge Festival of Dance: Celebrating the diversity of dance at Union

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More than 70 performers will share their talents at the Steinmetz Symposium dance performance, known as the Lothridge Festival of Dance, May 8 at 4 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. They bring a lively amalgam of dance styles, including ballet, ballroom, contemporary lyrical, hip hop, jazz and tap.

With dance pieces, this non-stop, hour-long show will offer something for everyone,” says Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet.

Students will begin with highlights from the Winter Dance Concert, “ACTION,” pieces inspired by movies like Hunger Games, Twilight and Crouching Tiger. Student choreography is by Maryssa Brogis ’15, Giorgia Comeau ’16, Olivia Cipriani ’17, Lily Herout ’17 and Fadeelah Islam-Ziyad ’15.

Students from the ballroom, Bhangra, breakdancing and hip hop clubs, and members of Terra Dance and Step Group will animate the stage with their high-powered energy.

The performance also showcases the work of dance faculty Laurie Cawley, Marcus Rogers and Moutillet.

The Theater and Dance Department invites the entire campus community to the free festival, which is supported by a gift of Charles Lothridge ’44 in memory of his parents William (Class 1879) and Anna Lothridge.

Charles Lothridge is also the sponsor of the Edward Villella Fellowship. This prestigious award allows exceptional students in dance to expand their studies beyond the campus studios, stages and classrooms. The 2015 fellowship recipient will be announced at the end of the show.