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SFA Repertory Dance Company to perform

January 22, 2009 - Office of Public Affairs

The Stephen F. Austin State University Repertory Dance Company will perform in concert Jan. 29-31 in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 PM on Saturday.

The concert features choreography by dance program faculty and guest artists. Dance majors Ashley Dodd and Taryn Taylor also have been invited to have their senior choreographic projects produced.

Musical genres that accompany the dances span a range from classical to rhythmic percussion. SFA dance faculty member Stan Bobo, director of the dance company, has contributed his modern work, Ritual, as well as a re-staging of Anton Dolin's Pas de Quatre, a tribute to 19th century Romantic ballet. Elizabeth Rhodes has set Suite Balletto, which received accolades from National Dance Association reviewers in a Fort Worth performance last spring. Adjunct faculty member Julie King's original work, Sunrise to Sunset, features lyrical group design.

Guest artist Tiffanee Arnold from Collin College also worked with the dance company in the fall semester to restage her work Momentum. The dance is an exploration of balance, quick energy changes and group dynamics. Rashana Smith, an independent choreographer, has staged Notes on Life, a driving quartet to music by Philip Glass. In addition, former faculty member Christy Gorman worked with two company members to elicit the fluid, languid qualities of movement required in Lowland Lullabye.

The dance program, which is part of SFA's Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, will collaborate once again with faculty and students from the School of Theatre to bring the works to full production.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $15 for general admission, $10 for SFA faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For further information, call (936) 468-3503 or email dance@sfasu.edu.