The Department of Theatre and Dance at Frostburg State University will present the Spring Dance Concert on May 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Drama Theatre. The performance will feature the sophisticated dance of guest artists Gina Milovan-Kohler and Jim Morrow, as well as an eclectic mix by FSU Dance Company members.
Using knowledge and exploration from classes and rehearsals, dance company members created original choreographies that will stimulate a multitude of emotions. With rapid energy and vibrant pacing, Sam Flowers and Brie Jordan use tap dance to commemorate famous dancers throughout history. Kira Stanley studied bumble bees to create a hip-hop piece that will have the audience “buzzing” to music by the Black Eyed Peas. And another high-energy piece, by Jasmine Clark, works closely with lighting and masks to present a technically demanding dance with unexpected movement and special effects. In addition to six student choreographies, Director Jamie McGreevy choreographed an all-female ensemble piece set to music from the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” This dance explores the use of personal strength to break through barriers and pressures in life.
The Spring Dance Concert will also feature a duet titled “Excerpts of Dream Factories” by New York guest artists Milovan-Kohler and Morrow. Both artists recently returned from Vienna where they performed the full version of “dream factories,” created by Milovan-Kohler.
Milovan-Kohler is an independent choreographer, teacher and yoga instructor who has presented her work internationally and across the United States. She is a founding member and co-curator of the Progressive Arts Network in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Fantasy Generator at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. She is currently on the faculty at Dance New Amsterdam in New York and has taught as a guest at Kent State University and Duke University.
Morrow is the founder and artistic director of Instruments of Movement. As a b-boy and house dancer, Morrow has performed for such artists as Anastasia, Kristine W., CeCe Peniston, the Baha Men, Crucial Conflict, Dee-Lite and DJs Rees Urban, Fast Eddie, Little Louie Vega, Josh Wink and DJ Kotchy. His choreography can be seen on such Chicago-based companies as MOMENTA, Mordine and Co., Chicago Dance Crash, the Tyego Dance Project and the Joel Hall Dancers.
Tickets for the Spring Dance Concert are $6 for students and $12 for the general public. For reservations and information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 until 4 p.m.
While visiting Frostburg, Milovan-Kohler and Morrow will offer a series of master classes in Vinyasa yoga, hip hop, contemporary movement and ballroom dance. For more information about these classes, e-mail McGreevy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.