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Winter Dance Concert 2011

The Winter Dance Concert will be March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Templeton- Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

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Winter Dance Concert shows School of Dance’s creativity and talent

OHIO’s School of Dance will host the Winter Dance Concert, its largest annual concert, March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Templeton- Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The concert will showcase a wide selection of modern dance pieces, with students in the School of Dance performing routines choreographed by faculty.

“The pieces in the concert are all of the modern dance genre, but each piece has a different energy and some are more abstract than others,” said senior Madeline Schrock.

Students have been preparing since fall quarter, practicing countless hours in training on top of their studies.

“The dancers are all extremely dedicated. After hours of rehearsal, we’re ready and excited to perform,” said Schrock.

New routines from faculty members Mickie Geller, Marina Walchi and John Buhuslawsky will be accompanied by previously performed pieces, including Associate Professor and Associate Chair Travis Gatling’s 2010 “Apocalyptic Chic,” a response to pop culture’s interest in Armageddon.

“I choreographed ‘Seawash.’ This quartet stems from observations of fish- how they travel together and apart, changing speed and direction, darting, floating, wriggling,” said Professor Mickie Geller.

Special guest Stephanie Batten-Bland will perform a piece titled “A Piece of the Sun,” a rumination on the adaptation of humans and wildlife to changes in their environment. Ten students were picked in an audition to perform Batten-Bland’s piece.

Junior Megan Nicklos, one of the students picked to dance in “A Piece of the Sun,” shares how she always feels before the concert.

“The anticipation always creates nervous energy, but once I’m on stage the experience is unforgettable.”

Geller echoed Nicklos’ excitement for the show.

“[The students] were always eager, energetic, and ready to give their all. I look forward to seeing our students give the gift of live performance to the audience.”

Tickets are free for students, $12 for general admission and $9 for children.