MTSU Dance Theatre’s 40-member cast will bring new life to the stage through innovative and classical choreography in its Fall Dance Concert, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. daily Nov. 29, through Dec. 1, in the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building’s Tucker Theatre.

Each year, MTSU brings a number of guest artists who present a variety of dance styles, and this year’s concert will feature “Crossing Ground” choreographed by Michelle Ikle, a specialist in jazz who works with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the Travis D. Gatling-choreographed “Freedom Riders,” which is a celebration of individuals who had the courage to take stand about racial issues in the ‘60s.

Additionally, the concert will deliver a contemporary ballet using classical jazz music choreographed by Thomas Shoemaker.   

“MTSU’s guest artists match those of larger universities or more established programs,” remarked Kim Nofsinger, director of dance for MTSU. “Exposure to the artists provides students with a variety of insights and experiences within dance.”

Nofsinger said the fall dance event demonstrates the growth and development of the dance program and its ability to celebrate traditional dance forms and integrate contemporary ones.

“For example,” he explained, “‘Snowball’s Chance’ is a lighthearted romp poking fun at formalism and contemporary proms, while ‘Holding Patterns’ is an intense dance using seven bodies exploring intimacy in times of crisis.”

The upcoming concert also will feature student-created works, including “Pink Elephant,” a number choreographed by MTSU senior Kaleena DeVar, whose selection will again be presented at the American College Dance Festival in Florida this spring.

“Range and quality of performance and choreography has also heightened and clearly demonstrates mastery for both advanced and novice students,” Nofsinger said, regarding the accomplishments of the program’s students.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. Ticket prices range from $5 to $10. MTSU students will be admitted free with a valid university ID.

For more information, call (615) 494-8810 or visit the department’s Web site at www.mtsu.edu/~theatre.

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