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Dance Project “Queen” Coming to FSU: Four Local Dancers to Be Selected

Dance Project “Queen” Coming to FSU: Four Local Dancers to Be Selected

Master Classes in Hip-Hop Dance Offered March 2

Thanks to a New Directions grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University will join forces with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance to embark upon an eight-month project with Philadelphia-based hip-hop dance company, RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works). Four local dancers will be selected to perform with the professional company when they perform at FSU in September 2013.

The project centers on the development of a new dance work, “Queen,” which is inspired by the music of the legendary rock band led by Freddie Mercury. Award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris describes his new work as a “dance musical” portraying the story of a teenage boy becoming a man. The FSU campus will serve as a developmental retreat site for the nine-member company, who will be in residence in March 2013 and again in September. The world-premiere of “Queen” will occur as part of the 2013-14 Cultural Events Series season.

Dancers from Frostburg State University and the region will have the opportunity to audition for “Queen” when the company holds two public master classes in hip-hop technique on March 2. The beginner class takes will be at 1 p.m. and the advanced class will be at 3 p.m. The cost of each 90-minute class is $15, or $25 for both classes. Dancers wishing to be considered for selection in the “Queen” project must register for both master classes. Dancers age 14 and older may attend the classes but only dancers age 17 and older will be considered for participation in “Queen.”

Attendance in each class is limited. Classes will be held in the FSU Cordts Center Dance Studio, Room 106.

Dancers selected to perform with RHAW must commit to a rehearsal schedule from March through September. The schedule includes an intensive week of rehearsals March 14 to 20, a two-day visit to Philadelphia this summer, and the final residency and performances Sept. 10 to 13.

The "Queen" project allows multiple opportunities for campus and community members to participate in intensive dance workshops, including the March 2 master classes and a summer dance intensive in June. The entire project will be video-documented and a post-performance discussion will follow the premiere performance of "Queen" in September.

RHAW is composed of today’s newest and brightest young street dancers who explore the evolution of street dance through Harris' choreography. Founded in 2007, the company was conceived as a way to give teens and young adults a springboard to develop their raw talent and professionalism.

For more information on taking class or auditioning for “Queen,” contact Cultural Events Series at 301-687-3137, 301-687-7420 or 301-687-7495; or visit the Cultural Events Series website at

This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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