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Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat Faculty, Students to Perform Aug. 7 at FSU

View the culmination of three weeks of intensive modern dance instruction as the faculty and students of the Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat present a gala performance on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. in FSU's Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre.

The performance will include two historical pieces from the modern dance repertory, FSDR faculty member Mary Anthony's "Songs" and Martha Graham's "Steps in the Street."

Retreat Artistic Director Dr. Barry Fischer earned his doctoral dissertation with a reconstruction of "Steps in the Streets," which was inspired by the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War.

Anthony is widely regarded as a leader of the modern dance movement. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times described Anthony's "Songs" as "hauntingly lyrical (with) the emphasis ... on simplicity and an ageless craft."

In addition, pieces will be presented by FSDR faculty members Ethel Winter -- legendary dancer, teacher and choreographer who was one of the Martha Graham Dance Company's most distinguished principal dancers in the 1950s and '60s -- and Kenneth Topping, the artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, as well as studies in Afro-Jazz under the direction of Jolyn Arisman. Student works under the direction of Mary Anthony will also be performed.

The retreat, which got under way July 11 and runs to Aug. 8, offers a thorough program in Graham-based modern dance and supplementary courses to the serious pre-professional dancer, as well as to the novice student. The FSDR involves nearly 30 students from across the United States and Europe. Students aged 16 to 25 audition to study at the four-week, intensive program, where they work with masters of modern dance, study technique and learn pieces from the modern repertory.

Tickets to the gala performance cost $10. Call (301) 687-4158 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for reservations.

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, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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